Which Welder is a Better: MIG or Stick Welder?


MIG Is Easy to Learn

  • A major advantage of an MIG welder is that it is easy to learn. MIG welding can bond light and/or thick materials and nearly any combination of metals, including aluminum and stainless steel. MIG welding, according to Miller Electric, not only "minimizes starts and stops," but it also offers "deep penetration for welding thick sections."

Stick May Be Better

  • Stick welding may be a better option. Not only are stick welders "better-suited for windy, outdoor conditions than MIG," states Miller Electric, but they are also "more forgiving than MIG when welding on dirty or rusty metal." Stick welders are also better when it comes to "easier out-of-position welding," and they are less expensive than their MIG counterparts.

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