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Old 09-07-2011, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldred
Originally Posted by oldred
The suggestion that you would be recommend to buy a MIG by a ratio of 20 to 1 might be wrong only in that it likely would be even more than that and for good reason. For auto body work MIG is going to be the most versatile of the processes with stick the very last choice. MIG is much easier on thin sheetmetal, makes a very clean weld and can be used for just about any welding task you might run into in the shop.

Originally Posted by Chevymon
Not trying to start an argument, but are you saying mig is easier on thin sheet metal than tig? I know I condensed your post to the parts in question.
Also, what is meant by more versatile? If you mean that mig can be used in more positions, then I agree, but tig will weld almost anything. Or you may have been comparing to flux core, not sure.

It depends mostly on what you are going to do with them, a body shop would use the MIG far more than a TIG but in, for instance, a custom bike shop the TIG would get most of the usage-neither shop would use a stick very much given a better choice. For an all-around home shop welding outfit a MIG is probably going to be the most versatile for most people, key being "most people" and it depends on a person's needs-for example are you going to work most on, automotive sheetmetal or bike frames?
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