Question by Paranormal Investigator in Ohio: What is the difference between TIG, stick, and arc welders?
What is the difference between TIG, stick, and arch welders? My boyfriend is wanting to learn how to weld. What kind of welder should he buy?
Answer by sh752
Before buying a welder, my suggestion is that he take a welding class at a local Community College. He’ll get the training that is needed to use any type of welder properly. He will also gain information that will help him decide which welder will suits his needs the best. It is not just a matter of plugging in a welder and going to it. One can get hurt very easily if precautions are not taken.
Basically, stick is just another name for an arc welder. You can get a basic welder for about $ 100, up to a commercial unit over $ 1000. TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) is another type of electric welder that uses an inert gas like Argon to shield the weld area while welding. They run a few hundred bucks on up. Then there is also the cost of refilling the tank periodically. The advantage to TIG welders is that it can be used to weld not only steel, but aluminum and other metals. An arc welder only welds steel, and there are a variety of electrodes to use depending on the type of steel being welded.
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