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I reckon TIG/GTAW is by far the best welding process, superior weld integrity compared to all other commercial welding processes and really beautiful cosmetic appearance........
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So my welder turned up, I went and bought some gas and some MIG wire and had at some metal! I have to say the thing purrs along. I have never MIG welded before and just going by the quick startup settings on the inside panel of the welder I managed a few half decent welds Straight out of the box! Now just time for lots of practice! This is one the first welds - it looks a hell of a lot nicer than my stick welding efforts!

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Couldnt be happier. Now what can I weld on the Jeep....
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I reckon TIG/GTAW is by far the best welding process, superior weld integrity compared to all other commercial welding processes and really beautiful cosmetic appearance........
actually, arc welding is much stronger

well, if done correctly.
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actually, arc welding is much stronger

well, if done correctly.
Think you'd find that a little incorrect.
What you are probably thinking is a neat looking mig weld doesn't always equal a quality weld.
Whereas often an ugly stick weld will be far stronger than it appears.
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Think you'd find that a little incorrect.
What you are probably thinking is a neat looking mig weld doesn't always equal a quality weld.
Whereas often an ugly stick weld will be far stronger than it appears.
Hey Dave,
This is one of these arguments that will go around in circles.
It depends on the application.
Structural welding is normally stick for strength reasons ~ portal frames, gas pipelines, pressure vessels etc.
For home use when welding 2 bits of steel together, mig weld bead is much stronger than most general purpose rod material.
For our friend with his new welder, mig will be the go.
Much easier & less slag inclusions.
Most attempts at home stick welding look like chicken sh!t & about as strong.
I am sure you have had to repair blotched home welding jobs for people in the past.
There are very good reasons why DIY welding should not be done on suspension & steering. I hope we all agree on that.
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Think you'd find that a little incorrect.
What you are probably thinking is a neat looking mig weld doesn't always equal a quality weld.
Whereas often an ugly stick weld will be far stronger than it appears.
Fair comment Wooders.
MIG/MAG welds are very susceptible to lack-of-fusion defects (cold lap) than stick or FCAW welds. Look nice sitting there but not really welded/fused ?
Pulsed power supplies have made MIG welding a little easier for the untrained welder.
Lack-of-fusion defects are less frequently encountered with flux-cored or metal-cored wires (FCAW).......
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