I am a welding novice. I have tried TIG and just made a mess but I have
heard using a MIG welder is easy. In my machine shop I use mainly aluminum
but I wanted to start using more steel. I would also like to try and weld
some iron fencing. Should I bite the bullet with the higher price of a TIG
now or should I get used to MIG then move to a TIG later?
what were you TIG'ing ??
i've used MIG for years. over last 2 years i've tried Stick and TIG, and i
bought a ESAB 1616 TIG (it also does stick). i found Stick to be the hardest
for me with the rod getting stuck, hard starting, not nice beads..
hehheee...... you are on the right track !!!
for mild steel I think the best process is MIG, (There are exeptions
to that so don't flame me, example huge piepes or farm or others
where you are outthere in the middle of nothing and all you have is a
generator and a bunch of stick rods. )
since I am in a shop for me stick is the last choice....why?
it producess lots of smoke, lots of slag, lots of spatter, need lost
of clean up and pointing /controling a foot long stick holding it at
the very end.
people who do this all day long becomes good at it.
for me also much harder to do out of position.
MIG s in the middle of the pack,
easy to learn, easy to control, stop and resart easily.
clean process, a MIG which is set up right, producess almost zero
point that wire right on where you want to weld get your angle right
and pull that trigger.
in my mind a MIG is a successor of the stick, if you are in the shop
or garage a MIG is a must.
TIG I reserve for those "other fancy metals" stainless, aluminum.
it is a precise welding method, you can sit down, no slag , no sparks
flying no smoke lots of control.......but you have get good, (pactice
a lot) otherwise you will be gringing lots of tungsten, I did ... and
still do , but not as much.
one thing I have about TIG...can't do galvanized steel.
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firsttime MIG seems to be better for you. It`s easier to use, and you can
get it for small price.
TIG is more than a little bit expensive, and if you interested to work with
must normally use a AC/ DC-Inverter, because you must welding Aluminium by
eliminate the Oxid-Layer. With TIG you can become the best Results(optical),
when you have
a lot of practice. But MIG is the easier way to become a good Result for the
Best Regards from Germany,