Whenever you’re in need of welding supplies in Phoenix, AZ, we at Vern Lewis Welding Supply, Inc. have you covered. We have a wide selection of welders and welding accessories available for all of the most common types of welding practices, as outlined below.
MIG/Gas metal arc welding
MIG welders operate by using a wire welding electrode on a spool that automatically gets fed at a selected speed. The arc is then created by an electrical current that passes between the wire and base metal. This arc works to melt the wire and join it with the base, allowing you to create an extremely strong weld that looks great and doesn’t need much in the way of cleaning. This type of welding is beginner-friendly and can be used on both thin and thick plate metals.
MIG welding is similar to flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), another wire-feed process. It differs in that it does not require any type of shielding gas. Instead, the flux-cored wire is used to protect the arc from being contaminated. This is a simple, efficient approach to welding and is particularly valuable for use in outdoor applications if it’s windy. It is a fast, portable and versatile method of welding.
Both of these types of welding processes are among the types of welding most commonly performed by beginners, which means we keep all of the equipment and materials needed for these welds in stock.
TIG/Gas tungsten arc welding
TIG welding is another type of arc welding process. It uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to create the weld. The area of the weld is shielded from contamination by a gas (most commonly argon) and a filler metal. However, some welds do not require this protection—these are referred to as autogenous welds.
This type of welding is most commonly used for thin sections of stainless steel, steel alloys and metals without iron, such as magnesium, aluminum and various copper alloys. Using this type of welding process allows the operator to have much more control over the weld than many other types of welds. As a result, welds made with this process are extremely strong and of high quality, but also require much more experience and mastery and take longer to perform.
Stick welding is an old-school method that involves the use of an arc welder. For decades it’s been the most popular home-welding method. It involves the use of an electric current that flows through a gap between the welding stick and the metal. This is an effective process to use on most types of joints and alloys, and you can use it indoors or out. It is highly economical and will result in an effective bond.
Keep in mind, though, that stick welding is limited to 18-gauge metals or thicker, requires you to regularly change the rod, can be quite messy and requires cleaning when the weld is complete.
Vern Lewis Welding Supply, Inc. has tools and equipment for all of these welding processes and more available at our store. Contact us to learn more about our welding supplies in Phoenix, AZ.
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