MIG vs TIG welding

mig and tig

If you’re new to welding, there’s a lot to consider before you go on. There are different metals that will require different techniques or machines. Some welding methods are much more suitable for certain jobs than others. That’s where this publication will come in handy.

The main difference you should remember is that one method uses a continuous feed electrode and is a very fast way to weld. The other way is a much finer and more delicate welding technique.

Most common welding processes

We all know the importance of selecting the right tools for the job. When it comes to welding, the process you choose is just as important as the tools themselves. Using the wrong welding process for a particular task can be like trying to bolt using a ballpoint pen.

The four most common welding processes today are Stick and MIG, FCAW, and TIG welding. Each process has its own set of benefits and limitations. Choosing the right process will save you a great deal of time and frustration.

Unfortunately, there is no method fits all. There are some situations that simply demand the clean and intricate work of TIG. Other times, the scope of work is too great and a simpler method like MIG is preferable.

To get a better idea of which process is most beneficial in any situation, you need to understand both, MIG as well as TIG welding process inside and out.

MIG welding process?

MIG welding is a relatively easy process to learn. The two most complex aspects are selecting the right shielding gas and setting the parameters on the machine. However, once these aspects are solved, it becomes a simple process.

MIG welding uses a tool called a welding gun, which feeds a filler wire electrode at a constant speed pre-selected by the operator. The gun also emits a protective gas while the weld is placed. This gas protects the welding area from atmospheric gases such as nitrogen and oxygen, which can cause some serious weld defects like porosity which results in weak, defective weld.

Advantages of it MIG process?

The MIG welding process can be used to create a high-strength weld with excellent appearance with little need for sanding or cleaning. The use of shielding gas allows the welder to run at a continuous and at fast speed, making the process fast.

MIG welding can be used on any metal surface and has the ability to weld thin materials. MIG welding is a fast, efficient, and easy process, perfect for most applications. If you have some big projects, a MIG machine is probably the best choice.

More about common welding methods and their applications here!

Advantages of TIG Welding?

When it comes to clean, efficient and beautiful welds, the TIG process simply cannot be beaten. Artists and ornamental welding professionals often prefer this process for its precision and overall clean appearance.

How TIG welding works

Instead of a metal electrode, TIG welding uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode. Tungsten can be heated to a very high temperature before melting, so TIG welding requires an additional filler to be applied.

As an operator, you will feed this filler into the welding area with one hand while operating the torch with the other. You will also use a foot to operate a foot control that dictates heat input while welding.

Advantages of GTAW

The TIG process provides the cleanest and most aesthetically pleasing work possible. The process gives the welder great control over the weld, allowing stronger, higher quality welds.

When it has to look absolutely perfect and you have time to spend between MIG and TIG welding, TIG welding is the technique of choice. It is perfect for works of art, ornamental designs, stainless steel and automotive applications.

Disadvantages of TIG Welding

Between MIG and TIG, TIG welding is much more difficult to learn than the other methods. It requires a highly qualified operator because it requires the simultaneous use of both hands as well as a foot.

TIG welding is also significantly slower than MIG, which requires the surface of the workpiece to be absolutely immaculate. All paint, rust, and dirt must be removed and the welding area must be sufficiently clean.

For more pros, cons and differences of common welding methods read this!

Differences between MIG and TIG welding

The main difference between MIG and TIG welding is that one process uses a continuous feed wire in MIG welding, while TIG welding uses long welding bars and the operator must feed them slowly.

MIG welding is a very simple and easy learning process compared to TIG welding. The technical names for this are metal inert gas for MIG welding and tungsten inert gas for TIG welding.