What are MIG and TIG welding?
First things first; to understand the best welding process for your project, you need to know the difference between MIG and TIG welding.
Metal inert gas, or MIG, is often considered to be the easiest method of welding to learn. This makes it a great option for DIY users and those who want to weld metal at home. MIG involves the use of a welding electrode, or welding wire, to weld pieces together. The electrical current created between the base metal and the wire creates an arc that produces a strong weld between two pieces. MIG welding requires little cleaning and is suitable to be used on a wide range of metals. To conduct MIG welding projects, you’ll need a MIG welding machine, such as the WIA Weldmatic 270 MIG Welder or the WIA Weldmatic 200i MIG Welder if you’re looking for a single phase MIG welder. These are both great options for welding metal at home and in a professional workplace.
Tungsten inert gas, or TIG, is commonly known to be the most complex welding process to learn. However, the hard work will pay off when you see the exceptional results that can only be achieved with the TIG process. The TIG welding process creates a strong weld by using a non-consumable tungsten electrode to deliver current to the welding arc and heat the metal. For TIG welding projects, you’ll need to obtain a TIG welding machine. This could be the Miller XMT 2350 Fieldpro TIG Welder, WIA Weldarc 145i TIG Welding Machine, or the WIA Weldarc 185i TIG Welding Machine.
Before jumping into your welding project, you also need to consider the safety measures that need to be implemented. Regardless if you’re doing MIG or TIG welding, it is crucial that you have the appropriate protective gear to keep you and the people around you safe. To get you started, be sure to check out our buying guide about the welding PPE you need to weld safely!
Applications and benefits
One benefit shared between both MIG and TIG welding is that they require little fuss. Rusty workshop? Dirty work bench? While our parents may balk at our run-down workshops, these welding processes don’t mind. MIG and TIG are therefore optimal choices for your welding needs in a construction zone, mechanical workshop, automotive garage, working farm, or other hands-on environments.
To find out which type of welding will optimise your project, here are the benefits and applications of MIG and TIG welding.
MIG welding is the perfect welding method for beginners as the process is relatively simple to learn, compared to other methods. It’s a great option for welding metal at home because the process is clean and quick. However, MIG welding is not just for beginners and DIYers. Professionals also love this method as it produces strong, reliable results while keeping costs low. If productivity and efficiency is your goal, MIG welding is a great option because of its fast and tidy nature.
MIG welding is versatile and compatible with an extensive list of materials, including aluminium, copper, stainless steel, and magnesium. Its compatibility with large metals makes MIG welding one of the most used welding methods for sheet metals.
TIG welding differs to MIG welding in a few ways. Firstly, TIG welding is used to produce one of the highest quality welds, so it’s a good option for very important projects. The TIG process is among the most complex welding methods and requires a high level of skill and focus. It also involves a considerably lengthier process compared to MIG welding, so it’s suitable for projects that are afforded longer time stretches.
TIG welding is the ideal choice for projects that require accuracy and precision because unlike other welding methods, it offers the welder greater control over the operation. As a result, TIG welding is a great option for a project that needs to be aesthetically pleasing and precise, such as jewellery making.
What you need to get started
When you look up pictures of welding, you’ll see people in full body suits and face shields welding in big professional workshops. While this may look cool, welding is not limited to professionals with fancy workplaces. You just need the right welding machinery to get started. Luckily, we’ve got you covered for all your welding needs. We partner with Welding Industries of Australia (WIA) and Miller to ensure our customers receive reliable, reputable, and high-quality welding machinery and equipment.
MIG welding machinery
Thinking of doing MIG welding? Revolution Industrial has a range of WIA MIG welding machinery in stock for you to choose from. If you’re looking for a WIA MIG welding machine to process light to medium fabrications, look no further than the WIA Weldmatic 270, a trusted MIG light industrial welder. The WIA Weldmatic 270 is perfect for up to 12mm of mild steel, stainless steel or aluminium materials. Its powerful welding performance makes this WIA welding machine a popular choice in workshops, rural maintenance, garages, and light industrial workplaces.
Another option is the WIA Weldmatic 2001 MIG Welder. At only 13kg, the WIA Weldmatic 200i is light and portable, making it a great option for onsite maintenance and on-the-go jobs. If you want to explore other different styles of welding aside from MIG, this versatile product is a single phase, multi-process inverter that can also handle stick and lift-TIG processes, which is great if you want to undertake a variety of welding projects.
TIG welding machinery
If you’re after a TIG welding machine, you might already be an expert on everything in this guide. Regardless, let us take you through some of our most popular TIG welding machines. A powerful Miller TIG welder is the XMT 350 Fieldpro TIG Welder. This modern welding machine is optimised for stick (arc metal welding) and TIG performance, allowing operators to have control over their work and to make precise adjustments to their project. It features a true multi-process system, so if you want to branch out from TIG welding, you can also process FCAW, MIG, and RMD welding with the same machine.
For a more portable option, try the WIA Weldarc 145i TIG Welding Machine, which is only 4.1kg in weight. For extra convenience, this TIG welding machine also comes with a 10 Amp plug that is compatible with most power supply outlets, making it even more portable for on-the-go projects and onsite maintenance.
Another excellent portable option is the WIA Weldarc 185i TIG Stick Welding Machine. This welding machine comes with a carry case, padded shoulder strap, and a 4m electrode holder to maximise convenience for travelling and onsite maintenance. The quality and performance of the WIA Weldarc 185i has been testified by the 5-star reviews our customers have given it.
Using welding machinery from Revolution Industrial is the first step to ensuring a job weld done. A good welding procedure not only requires welding machines, but the right accessories to support you in the process. To find out more about different welding accessories you need, check out our guide by clicking here!