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Why beginners should start with MIG welding

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Why beginners should start with MIG welding

Setting up is quick and easy: Beginners are ready to start MIG welding within minutes with these few steps:

  • Connect the torch and cable

  • Connect work cable/clamp

  • Install a wire drive roller matching the wire size

  • Load the wire spool

  • Connect the power cord to an outlet

  • Feed wire into the cable liner out to the gun

  • Attach the contact tip and gun nozzle

You can learn and practice MIG welding on your own time: Become familiar with welding safety and techniques by reading a comprehensive welding book and watching a few instructional welding videos. Then, gather your tools and scrap metal to begin your first practice session. You'll quickly learn through trial and error, and before long, you'll be doing basic repairs and simple projects.

It's relatively simple to set the controls on a MIG welder: Most welders have a settings chart to help inexperienced operators with the initial settings. They can later adjust the settings for amperage (wire speed) and voltage (heat) to improve the weld.

It's easier to start a MIG weld: Some welding methods require scratch-start or lift-arc ignition techniques to create the arc for welding. These methods take more skill to strike an arc and start it in the right place. Beginners in MIG welding merely position the torch over the workpiece and pull the trigger on the welding gun, sending the energized wire electrode into contact with the work material and completing the circuit to start the arc.

Beginners have a clearer view of the MIG weld: If you can see the weld, you'll learn quickly how to control the weld pool. Since MIG welding with gas produces an arc with fewer sparks and smoke, it's possible to see the weld puddle and observe any effects that adjustments or technique changes are making, resulting in quality welds in a shorter time.

Even ugly-looking rookie welds can be strong with MIG: MIG welders release a shielding gas over the weld, preventing contamination that could lead to porosity and weak welds. The MIG process helps a beginner's unattractive weld hold up with those repairs and light projects that most newbies tackle first.

Beginners can quickly learn to weld in various positions: After a beginner learns to control the weld pool on horizontal surfaces, it won't be long until vertical and overhead welding becomes possible with a MIG welder.

Less cleanup allows more time for beginners to learn: Because MIG welding results in little spatter and no slag, beginners spend less time on cleanup and more time on improving their welding technique.

The easiest welder to use is a MIG welder

Here are some of the advantages of choosing a MIG welder to begin your welding career:

A better welding experience: Features such as automatic gas and wire feed, memory presets, 2T/4T trigger locks, and pre-and post-flow burn back timers make MIG welders easy to learn and enjoyable for beginners.

Material versatility: MIG welders work well on the metals beginners use most: low carbon (mild) steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Effective on various metal thicknesses: MIG welders provide excellent results on 18-gauge auto body panels. At the same time, many home-use models are effective on relatively thick materials, with some quality machines able to handle ½-inch plates in one pass.

Weld indoors or outside: Welding indoors (or outdoors with a slight breeze) using shielding gas offers the best welds. However, using a screen to prevent the protective gas from blowing away also works. You can leave the shielding gas behind in highly windy conditions and substitute flux core wire for MIG wire for practical outdoor welding.


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