Does an ARC welder do stronger/better than a MIG welder for D.I.Y. sliders etc ?
I know a few old school engineers and boilermakers, and they say ARC is better, but surely these days, a mig would be up to the task.
99% of the aftermarket 4wd accessories are welded using MIG process, in saying that they would be using gas. However for those of you wanting to take on the DIY projects at home a gasless MIG is more than enough. Gas not only costs you a lot your also introducing problems like porosity due to wind, let's face it will all don't have big workshops at home that can be shut up on a windy day, gasless has the advantage of being able to weld over Galv, Paint and the common surface rust, (I would advise only do this were a grinder can't clean the job though). Unlike Arc welding MIG is very forgiving on your fit ups which is handy when we're starting out. A few tips for those trying home projects
- Clean with a grinder we're you plan to weld makes all the differance
-When welding a thick gauge steel to a light gauge always preheat the heavy gauge item between 50 and 100 deg i.e. (a stub axle if you were building a rear bar)
- Steel contracts when your weld is cooling (twice as much with Stainless Steels) so brace your job with off cuts and don't remove them till it's cooled right down
- If welding a seam, back stepping your weld is a good idea
- When chasing strength weld in a verticle up position if possible, however a bit of practice on scrap will help to fine tune the machine so you don't blow holes in your light gauge material
- It's always a good idea to isolate your batteries before welding on your vehicle
- Another for welding thick gauge to light gauge is don't be afraid to turn your amps up, just be sure to direct your heat at the heavy and wash it across to the light
- If you were fabbing up a set of sliders you would want a decent quality weld, last thing you want is jacking off your sliders and having a weld break and do some uneeded panel damage. So make sure you burn in both edges if you get cold roll your best off grinding it out and having another go
- Spend the extra dollars on a decent wire, you can't beat Lincoln and sometimes Cig Weld
That's a start I could go on and on but that's enough typing for now
Hope this helps