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TIG Welding Versus MIG Welding. Whats the difference?

TIG Welding

Which one is right for you?

Though similar in the name, TIG and MIG welding have quite a few differences. Deciding which one is suitable for your company depends on the precision of weld required, time allocated for setup, utilization and initial cost.
In the definitions below we will explain some of the diferences in each type of weld. KFS uses the TIG welding process in most of our products, due to the precision and better quality of welds. It may be more costly, and time consuming, but we think the end result is worth it.

Definition of TIG Welding

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding joins reactive metals using a non-consumable Tungsten electrode. Inert gas, commonly Argon, is released at the same time as the electrodes to produce a weld without air contaminants. Tungsten is not the filler, it just creates the arc between the electrode and metal, but a filler may be used if needed.

Benefits of TIG Welding:
  • Cleaner – Using Tungsten to provide its electrical current, TIG welding decreases the amount of sparks, smoke and fumes.
  • Precision – TIG welding has less contamination in its weld, providing more precise and higher quality welds.
  • Autogenous Welds – These welds do not require a filler material to be used. TIG welding can create a weld by melting one part to the other. Autogenous welds are most commonly used when welding thinner materials.
Disadvantages of TIG Welding:
  • Setup – TIG welding requires more setup time and is not as user-friendly.
  • Price – These welds tend to be more expensive and take longer than MIG welding, especially in thicker metals.
  • Complexity – TIG welding is more complex and requires more skill than the MIG welding process.

Definition of MIG Welding

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding combines two metals by using a filler wire with a current to produce the electrode. Inert gas is also used simultaneously to protect the weld from any air contaminants.

Benefits of MIG Welding:
  • Quick – MIG welding is known for its quickness in producing welds.
  • User-Friendly – These welds tend to be more forgiving and are easier to make. Takes less time and is easy to automate.
  • Price – Equipment is more accessible and costs less for MIG welding.
Disadvantages of MIG Welding:
  • Reliability – Less stable arc, some irregular wire feedback and burnback can occur with MIG welding.
  • Dirtier – More sparks, fumes and smoke are produced during this welding process.
Versa-Pod Bipods use a total of 18 TIG welds on every bipod. This ensures the welded joints will last for years of service and abuse.