Welcome to our technical advisory
service. We offer advice for all those wishing to learn welding for the
first time. Below is a selection of FAQ's to help you decide if a
welding gokart project is for you.
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MIG Welding Q & A
Q: What are the advantages of MIG welding?
It's easy to learn how to MIG weld - with a little practice, even a first-time user can achieve a good-looking
- MIG welding is a much faster process than Stick welding.
- The operating cost of MIG welding is lower than Stick welding
because of the time savings, and because there's virtually
no waste of filler metals (50 lbs. of MIG welding wire yields
approximately 49 lbs. of deposition, as compared to Stick welding
where as much as 25% of each electrode is discarded as stubs.)
- In general, thinner materials can be welded more easily with MIG versus Stick welding.
- MIG welding is a clean process and does not require chipping slag off the weld as in Stick welding.
Q: What are the disadvantages of MIG welding?
- Initially, it costs more to set up a MIG system than a Stick welder, because of regulators and shielding gas
(some MIG welding is done with self-shielding flux core which does not require gas or a regulator). Though you can now hire MIG welders locally should you wish to practice welding before purchasing a welding unit.
- Strictly looking at pounds per amp, Stick welding is cheaper.
What types of material can be welded with MIG machines?
Virtually all types of material can be welded with a MIG
machine. However, in the MIG process different materials
require different wire and gases. For instance mild steel can be
welded with either self-shielded wire, (which does not require
separate shielding gas) or with CO2 or a CO2 mixed gas. Aluminum
material requires the use of Argon gas.
What material thicknesses can a MIG machine weld in a single pass?
Typically, less amperage is required to weld thinner
material and more amperage is required to weld thicker material.
A general rule-of-thumb is, one ampere for every .001" of metal
thickness. For example, 10 gauge (or 1/8") material equates to .125
decimals or 125 amps.
Can MIG machines weld through dirty materials?
It's always advisable to weld on the cleanest possible
material, so for best results scrape off paint, rust or other debris
where the weld is being made.
Self-shielding wires will help in poor conditions.
What types of projects can I weld with a MIG machine?
MIG welding is great for a variety of applications, including:
- Gokart frames.
- Auto body repair and restoration.
- Gates & railings.
- Hobby or household projects.
- Repair of wheel barrows, bicycles, etc. The key is to make
sure you match the metal thickness of the item to be welded with
recommended amperage output.