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An MIG Welding Guide

How to Choose the Right MIG Welder For You

When it comes to choosing the right MIG welder, there is an overwhelming amount of choice, particularly for anyone relatively new to the welding field. From knowing what products fit your budget to finding out what wire reel size you will need, there are several key factors to take into account when looking for a MIG welder but we’re here to break it all down.

What is MIG welding?

Firstly, for any complete welding novices we should explain what MIG welding is. Also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is a process where an electrical arc forms between a wire electrode and the piece of metal being worked on which heats the metal and causes them to melt and join together.

What works for my budget?

Like most purchases, you pay more for quality and durability when it comes to MIG machines, but you can still find effective equipment for a reasonable price if you don’t want to spend a fortune. Prices of MIG machines reflect the manufacturer’s reputation and their functionalities in terms of the materials that they can weld. It’s therefore important to think about what you will be welding before you look for a MIG welder.

If your budget allows it and you want a top range machine capable of delivering on large-scale projects, it may be worth looking at multi-process machines like the ESAB Rebel 215/235 or X-pert MP201. These are useful options if you also need to carry out TIG and MMA welding.

What materials can be welded?

MIG welders are effective tools as they can weld a wide of range of different materials like stainless steel, alloy steel and carbon steel, aluminium, copper, magnesium and nickel. Certain metals weld better than others and some require more skill to weld, so it’s important to know the benefits and downsides of the metals you’re working with before you start welding them.

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