Understanding the Different Types of Arc Welders

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Arc welding is a process is which electricity is used to heat base metals and fuse them together. This is a process that is commonly used in many industrial applications and a variety of choices are available with an Arc Welder. You may opt to use alternating or direct current and consumable or non-consumable electrodes.

Whichever choice is selected, the electric arc connects the base material and electrode through the use of the power source. This is how the materials are melted to be fused. There are three basic types of arc welders and each has its own uses. Flux-cored arc welding is a process in which the bare wire electrode and the inert shielding gas are both fed through a welding gun to the weld.

This is commonly referred to as a GMAW or MIG welder and this type of welding is performed on mild and low alloys steels, stainless steels, some high nickel alloys as well as some wear facing/surfacing alloys. Lincoln offers the SP 180T for only $655. This light weight welder is perfect for farm, auto or home projects and can also be used for light fabrication.

A gas tungsten arc welder is another popular choice thanks to the wide variety of metals it can fuse. This is a very precise method of welding that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode. It may be referred to as GTAW or TIG welding and is frequently used on stainless steel, aluminum and magnesium, but can be used on almost any metal except lead and zinc.

The Thermal Arc Stick Welder, model 95S, is a popular TIG welder as it can be taken almost anywhere you want to go. It is capable of both stick and TIG welding which others in its class cannot say. Priced at only $405, this is a welder you should be sure to check out.

Shielded metal arc welding is the process which used flux-coated rods to complete the fusion. Many know this as SMAW or stick welding and it is frequently used on carbon steel, low and high alloy steel, stainless steel, cast iron and ductile iron. This is an inexpensive form of welding and the unit may be taken anywhere, even outdoors. Many choose this type of welder as it may be used in any position.

The Lincoln AC-225 is a popular choice among users of this method as it is priced at only $375 while having an amperage range of 40-225 amps. Whichever method of arc welding you prefer, be sure to check out all types to choose the one that is perfect for your needs.


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