Stick vs MIG Welding

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Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by Saltier » December 11th, 2019, 3:06 pm

I am an old stick welder but am considering purchasing a MIG machine. Looking for PROS and CONS on the subject. Is the difference really worth it? Which costs more/less to operate and etc...



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Re: Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by ajfoxy » December 11th, 2019, 3:46 pm

Mig is really nice in the fact that you have a really long electrode, the whole roll in fact. Mig with gas gives a clean bead with minimal splatter if set up right. However, you can only weld in minimal windy conditions to avoid blowing away the shielding gas. Unless you use flux core then you are back to splatter and having to chip the slag off. In my opinion (which does not count for much) for thinner materials Mig is better. For thicker materials stick is better UNLESS you have a huge ass high amp Mig costing mega $$$. For inside work, Mig is nicer... nicer bead, less splatter, less fumes and easier cleanup. Just my 2c worth


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Re: Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by Big T » December 11th, 2019, 6:01 pm

:yth: Also, MIG does not like rusty metal so you have to make sure that your joints are clean.


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Re: Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by k.a.m. » December 18th, 2019, 12:52 pm

I believe every shop should have as many options as a person can afford whether it be for welding or cutting. That being said I do prefer stick over wire but that is what I have always used and have found just short of aluminium welding I am pretty well set. If I ever happened on a sweet deal for a little wire feed I would jump on it just to have.


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Re: Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by Dirtytires » December 19th, 2019, 11:08 am

I’m pretty spoiled and hardly ever weld outside. All my projects come to the shop so I can eliminate wind and climate issues associated with outside work. Just for the rare project/quick fix I keep a roll of flux core and a bottle of straight co2. With that said, I’ve got no reason to invest in a stick machine.

If outdoor work is in your future the usefulness of stick is worth investigating.



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Re: Stick vs MIG Welding

Post by JKalchik » December 19th, 2019, 10:33 pm

Dirtytires wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 11:08 am
If outdoor work is in your future the usefulness of stick is worth investigating.
Or working on old rusty steel.... yes, I grew up on a farm.


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