I’m Garrett Strong with makemoneywelding.com.
I’ve been helping beginners & hobbyists learn to weld online for several years now. I’ve helped thousands of people just like you get started learning to mig weld with my beginners guide to MIG welding.
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Many beginner welders don’t have a clue where to start when it comes to welding, so in this video I’m going to show you my favorite welding method for beginners to learn how to weld.
MIG welding is by far the easiest and fastest way for beginners to learn how to weld, but if you’ve never touched a welder in your life then I’m going to give you a quick intro to the welding processes.
These welding processes are not what I would recommend you learn to use when you first learn how to weld, but hey, you need to know what’s out there before you start.
Oxy Acetylene Welding
The first welding process to learn how to weld with is Oxy Acetylene welding. Now, this is the process I started out with and it does have it’s advantages for beginners who want to learn how to weld. First, you can learn how to manipulate the weld puddle pretty easy with an oxy acetylene welding torch, and you can use it for more than just welding.
The way it works is you turn on the gases, light the welding tip, heat up the metal to molten hot, and then dip what’s called a “filler rod” into the weld puddle. That filler rod becomes the actual weld bead.
Oxy acetylene also comes in handy for heating metal and if you attach a cutting torch you can cut metal as well. But, if you want to learn how to weld I would steer away from this process because it just takes too long to do, and the welds aren’t as strong or as nice.
Learn how to weld using a process that doesn’t take so long.
Arc welding uses a welding rod, and when you turn on the arc welder and place the rod against the work piece an arc is struck. The temperature at the arc is somewhere around 10,000 degrees and it melts the metal with ease.
The welding rods are called electrodes, also known as consumables, because as the welder welds, the rod slowly melts away and becomes the weld bead. This is an ok process for beginners to learn how to weld, but it’s more tricky to learn than MIG welding because the welding rod is slowly melting away and you have to keep the proper arc gap between the rod and the work piece.
However, arc welders are more forgiving when welding on dirty metals because the electrode is coated in a flux which is used to protect the molten weld puddle from the atmospheric gases.
So, you can learn how to weld using an arc welder, and it’s my second best suggestion for beginners, but it doesn’t come close to the ease of MIG welding.
MIG Welding: The Best Way For Beginners To Learn How To Weld
If you don’t want to waste time with welding processes that will only frustrate you when you’re starting out then MIG welding will be the best route to go. MIG welding stands for (Metal Inert Gas), and it’s a wire feed welding process that uses a solid roll of wire along with a shielding gas.
Now, I mentioned earlier that arc welding rods have what’s called a flux on the outside of the rod that protects the molten weld puddle from the atmosphere. Well, MIG welding uses a shielding gas to protect the weld puddle from the atmospheric gases.
So, when you pull the trigger on a MIG gun several things happen…
- First, the gas starts flowing
- Second, the wire starts feeding
- Third, the arc starts and you’re welding
The beauty of using a MIG welder, especially for beginners who want to learn how to weld, is that when you lay a weld bead down there’s no slag to chip away and the welds turn out very nice assuming you’re keeping a steady hand and your settings are correct.
So, for Beginners who want the easiest method to learn how to weld then MIG is by far the best choice.
The last process I want to tell you about is TIG welding (Tungsten Inert Gas), and just like MIG welding, TIG uses gas. That’s where the similarities end because TIG welding uses a filler rod that you dip into the weld puddle, much like oxy acetylene welding.
TIG welding is considered an advanced welding process, and it produces the nicest welds out of all the welding processes. So, if you’re a beginner who wants to learn how to weld then you should leave this process alone until you master a simpler and more efficient welding process.
TIG welding is the most accurate welding process, and it can be used on jobs that need a lot of precision. It’s so precise that you can even weld razor blades and soda cans together!
The TIG welding process uses a torch much like oxy acetylene, but TIG is an arc welding process so the arc does the heating of the metal just like the flame heats the metal with oxy acetylene welding.
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