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Choosing the right welder how-to-guide

Choosing the right welder

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Whether you're a fully ticketed commerical welder or a novice first timer, buying a new welding machine can be a confusing experience with the huge range available these days. We've tried to simplify the process for you below and provide some information to assist in making the decision.

 

Which type of welding process do you want to use?

There is no single welding process that is suitable for all applications. The below information outlines each process:

 

MIG Welding

  • This is the easiest process to learn if you're a beginner
  • Gives better control on thinner metals
  • Higher welding speed is possible
  • No slag to clean off the weld (cleaner welds)
  • You can weld with gas or use Flux-Cored wire (gasless)

Check out our range of MIG Welders here

 

Flux-Cored Welding (FCAW)

  • Works well on dirty or rusty material so ideal for work site/farm use - very forgiving form of welding similar to MIG
  • Good for out of position welding
  • Good penetration for welding thicker material
  • Increased metal deposition rate

 

TIG Welding

  • Highest quality, precise welds
  • Allows for heat input adjustment (when using foot control)

Check out our range of TIG Welders here

 

MMA/ARC "Stick" Welding

  • Ideal for outdoor/job site use - windy conditions etc
  • Can be used on dirty or rusty material (repairs to old gates, trailers etc)
  • Can be used to good effect on thick material

Check out our range of ARC Welders here

 

What type of metals are you working with?

Type of Metal Suitable Welding Process
Steel MIG, ARC, TIG
Stainless Steel MIG, ARC, TIG
Aluminium Alloys MIG, TIG
Cast Iron ARC
Chromoly TIG
Copper TIG
Brass TIG
Magnesium, Titanium etc TIG 


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