Reason to Choose Stick Welding

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Reason to Choose Stick Welding
Nowadays welding process use for construction and welding industry. Arc welding or familiar with stick welding/SMAW is still responsible for most of the welding process in the construction and maintenance of paper mills, pipelines, nuclear plants, and skyscrapers. SMAW/stick welding may have advanced than other welding process; it has hardly changed at all.

Many reasons why SMAW/shielded metal arc welding or stick welding has stood the test of time...these are also good reasons why any welding company/constructor needs to have an arc welding machine/stick welding machine in addition to any other wire feed or GTAW/TIG welders on hand.

Below list a few reasons why stick welding machine still idol on welding industry:
# Stick welding use outside is no problem. Stick welding Flux from the rod will protect the molten puddle in windy conditions(bad condition).

# Stick welding Equipment is cheap.

# Stick welding Equipment is simple. Amperage and Polarity..that's it.

# Changing metals on Stick welding process is easy. SMAW rods are made for steel, cast iron, stainless steel, and even aluminum. All you do is change the Stick welding rod, and possibly polarity, but it is easier than changing a spool of wire.

# Stick welding Rods are cheaper and easy to get. You can find at local welding supply store, Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Lowe's and most auto supply stores have them.

# No Need welding gas cylinders to buy

# Different Stick welding rods for different jobs. Tiny little 1/16" rods can be used to welding sheet metal like an auto body panel. 1/8" and 5/32" rods will lay down a big welding on a heavy duty trailer.

# Arc gouging with a carbon arc rod can be done to cut metal or remove welding if you have a large DC/direct current machine. You also can cut metal by using a 6010 welding rod and lots of amperage... its called "hot rodding"

# A decent DC/direct current arc welding machine can be used to scratch start GTAW/TIG welding. All you need is a air cooled GTAW/TIG welding torch, flowmeter, and cylinder of argon. You can make your SMAW/stick welder very versatile by converting it to a tig welder. But it has to be a DC/direct current machine.