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TECH TIPS: When to consider TIG welding – and when to avoid it

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You need to have time and experience if you want to leverage the advantages offered in TIG welding. PHOTO courtesy ESAB University.

This TECH TIPS is provided by the experts at ESAB

TIG welding can be tricky. So, it is worth learning? The answer: it depends on what you’re welding. Here are some pros and cons, so you can decide whether to TIG weld. 

 Pros of TIG:
•    Produces some of the highest quality welds due to joint preparation/cleanliness 
•    Welding arc and filler metal (if used) is controlled independently of one another which allows for greater control, and greater quality starts and stops 
•    TIG offers versatility too for a range of applications with metals like nickel, titanium, aluminum, copper, and their alloys. Even dissimilar metal can be welded.
•    TIG is best used for welding small precision type joints, small repair work, and alloys that demand high cleanliness 

Cons of TIG:
•    TIG welding is time-consuming work that requires a high degree of operator skill to achieve quality welds
•    The process is more complex, not easily automated, and very inefficient on thicker joints 
•    It’s also more expensive since travel speeds and deposition rates are relatively low, boosting the cost of each weld

The bottom line? You need to have time and experience if you want to leverage the advantages offered in TIG welding. MIG is simpler to control and better for beginners. 

However, TIG delivers on precision and can even be performed in any position. It can also put you on a path to more rewards in your career or more complex projects at home. It’s why it can be worth it to learn how. 

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