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 welding.
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There’s a lot of different welding processes out there, but for beginner welders I always recommend you start with a no gas mig welder.
Most beginners course welding instructors would recommend a mig welder to a complete beginner.
If you’re unfamiliar with what a MIG welder is then let me tell you why it’s the cheapest and easiest welding process for beginner to learn.
To start off with, I want to go over the main welding processes so you can see why MIG welding is where you should start.
Now if you were to attend welding trade schools these are the welding processes they’ll teach:
- Oxy Acetylene Welding
- Stick (arc) Welding
- MIG (metal inert gas) Welding
- TIG (tungsten inert gas) Welding
Oxy Acetylene Welding
Now to start off welding trade schools will usually begin with oxy acetylene welding which is simply using a high temperature flame to melt the metal along with a filler metal to act as the weld bead.
This welding process is and older method dating back to the 1800’s. It takes a long time to do, the welds don’t penetrate as good as the newer welding processes, and it’s really been replaced by arc welding machines.
It’s still a good process for beginners to learn because it’s easy to see and manipulate the weld puddle with this process.
The second welding process welding trade schools will teach is stick welding.
This welding process uses a stick electrode that melts away when it touches a grounded workpiece. Stick welding has been around for a long time, but you do have to keep changing out the stick electrodes as they are consumed.
This can be cumbersome for some people who just want to continue welding with no stops. Also, when you use a stick welder it produces smoke and you have to chip away a slag coating that is produced from the flux.
TIG welding is a more advanced welding process. It’s a very precise welding process and the welds produced can be some of the nicest.
The problem I see with TIG welding and home hobby welders is that it just takes a long time to do. TIG welding is similar to oxyacetylene welding in that you have a filler rod, but the difference is that TIG produces an arc.
This welding method is best left to those who have been welding for a while.
Welding trade schools will teach you MIG as well:
The last process that welding trade schools will teach is MIG welding. MIG welding stands for metal inert gas because it uses a shielding gas. MIG uses a wire that comes on a big roll, and when you press the MIG gun button the wire starts to feed out.
This wire that feeds out is actually the filler material for the weld. The advantage of using a MIG if you’re a beginner welder is that there are no consumable electrodes like stick welding, and there are no filler rods like TIG welding.
With MIG all you do is pull the trigger and you’re welding. It makes it super simple to get started, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of time to start welding.
Welding trade schools teach this method because it’s a super efficient way to weld. Here at makemoneywelding.com we want you to get started as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
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