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<x-flowed>Stick is less precise, and made for large welds, harder to start, harder to control with precision, leaves loads of slag to remove afterwards.It's a flux coated wire, the flux shields the weld from oxygen to prevent oxidation into the weld puddle. This flux also makes it more difficult to see the weld during welding, as there is loads of smoke generated.
Wire has a shielding gas surrounding the weld puddle, which eliminates slag, allows visibility, usually smaller therefore more precision. With an aux feed of the shielding gas to the backside of the weld, you can prevent oxidation on the back of the weld as well. More expensive as you have to buy the gas.
Guess which would recommend?
Confession - I am NOT a welder, haven't done more than a foot of weld, BUT at one time I was a Certified Weld Inspector and did spend 11 years as a Manufacturing Engineer in a weld shop. Their preference was had feeding wire with a TIG torch, that allowed excrutiating precision at the sacrifice of speed and sometimes the lack of speed introduced extra heat though, so there are tradeoffs for every method.
Jeff '67 Sqbk
Kevin Howlett wrote:
Would a wire welder, or a Stick welder work best.
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