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  • HAWK
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    Ken,

    I use tig for most of my aluminum, stainless, and odd projects. A client once wanted golf clubs welded together in an X fashion for a gift-definitely a tig project. I choose tig whenever the aesthetics of the weld are very important to my clients. I also use it where thin material dictates the need. Mig won't weld .004" hastealoy. The biggest reason I use tig is to weld metals that are not as readily joined by the mig process such as copper nickel alloys. I use tig more often than not simply because I love the process!

    Tig is slower by far. However, it is the strongest and prettiest bead simply by nature of the process. A great amount of skill is required for tig and it takes much effort and practice on the part of the operator. Mig too requires skill and effort, but not to the same degree as TIG.

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  • Sberry
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    Put it this way, I could live without a tig except for alum work. The mig is so fast and easy that we do 98% of our work with it and unless I had a special intended use for it wouldnt bother to have one.

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  • arcdawg
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    i have a hh135 mig and a lincoln buzz box.......the mig is great for auto pannels, and stuff up to 3/16 and i bought the stick and have yet to use it.......electrcal constraitnts !


    if i had the $$$ electricty and space i would have a tig machine in a heart beat......reason being is you can do everything from gauge material to thick stuff on the stick mode.......

    tig i feel is harder to master and yet it yeids better results, its more presise................................

    give them both a whirl and see what better suits your needs.

    dawg

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  • For those of you with both Mig and Tig machines, could you give...

    ...actual examples of projects where you decided to use one machine over the other.

    I am generally aware of the differences in the two processes. I'm just looking for examples of applications where you specifically chose to do it one way.
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