robotland wrote:Let me just play advocate for oxyacetylene welding for a second...
true, very useful, plus using a filler rod is good practice for TIG...and the cutting torch attachment is a must have for steel.
TIG/MIG does beautiful work on clean metal but so will stick with the right electrode with the advantage of no process gasses...hard to beat TIG on thin or special stuff where close control is needed though. One of those little 120 volt Hobart MIG portables for field work is on my wish list so I can weld with my bus genset if needed.
The fire and sparks of good old torch cutting and stick welding are part of the fun, and it's great bang for the buck (remember 6011 for deep good welds through rusty stuff). Oh, and it does depend on what you're working on...BTW, whatcha making Niacin? I'd hate to be recommending trying stick when you're doing a lot of sheet metal work...or aluminum : )
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