Event notice: Stick Welding Basics (2019 Sep 10 - 05:00 PM)

Time: Sep 10 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Instructor: Jimmy Tennant
Register: http://makeict.wildapricot.org/event-3539958
Price: MakeICT Members - $20.00
Price: Non-Members - $25.00
Ages: 16 and up
Required Authorizations: Metalshop

Stick welding is the cheapest to get into and no tanks are required. For less than 200 bucks you can get a machine that can easily weld 1/4 plate… a comparable MIG/TIG setup would be in the $600 range plus $200+ tank.

The biggest advantage to stick is you can weld in windy weather…which in Kansas means outdoors. It is much more tolerant of rusty or painted materials, doesn’t need a tank, and if you are making a bad weld you will know it (MIG sometimes a weld can look great but not penetrate the base metal).

The downside is it requires removing slag, is harder to learn than MIG (easier than TIG), and struggles with thin metals 16ga and below.