“Easy” Welding for beginners

What qualifies as the “easiest” type of welding is ultimately subjective, but metal inert gas (MIG) welding is generally thought of as one of the easiest types of welding to learn for beginners, because it uses a handheld gun and a nearly endless supply of welding wire fed from a machine.

MIG welding gives a clean weld with no slag and can be applied to a variety of metals with different thicknesses. It’s great for beginners because it requires a minimal amount of equipment, and you can still produce welds even if you are not yet skilled.

How MIG Welding Works

MIG welding is very easy to start. All you need to do is pull the trigger on the handheld gun, and the machine will start to feed the consumable welding wire through the gun.

There are two types of wire to use: flux core or solid wire. Flux core has a protective coating inside the wire. Solid wire will require the use of a shielding gas, which accomplishes the same goal as flux core.  Both methods purge the weld area of contaminants such as nitrogen or oxygen. Flux core is easier to start with for beginners.

Once you get a MIG welding machine set up and tuned correctly, you can generally create strong, smooth welds consistently. MIG welding can be used on nearly every type of metal and thickness, including stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper, silver and other alloys. You can preset the wire speed and voltage so that you can concentrate on the weld and don’t need to think about how much filler, gas or heat to apply

MIG welding produces minimal weld splatter and generally requires less cleanup than some other types of welding. Even if the welds are not perfectly beautiful when you start out, they will usually still be generally successful. Practice makes perfect!

For any questions and information about our welding sets, do not hesitate to contact us on 2249 2232 or visit our store in Triq l-Industrija, Kirkop (inside Multigas premises)