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  • tacmig
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    I kind of figured this.

    Before I asked you guys for help on this one I had a pretty good debate with one of my supplier as to what was used most. I said mig he said tig. I thought that stick might be up there with it but it seems that mig is replacing (by application) it's popularity slowly year by year. I know ya all like to tig and why not? it's more fun, prettier and takes more skill. Tig seems to be used more in our garages on our own projects than in the shop where we have to turn things over faster and make that buck.

    Thanks, I won the $5 bet.

    TacMig

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  • tnjind
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    I like to use GTAW when I can, I don't like spatter anymore. But I find myself using GMAW more often then I like, mainly for speed and convienence.

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  • bryce_burden
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    I use stick more than any other. I don't have access to a MIG at work, just the Thunderbolt, Ranger 8, and an old Forney that's still goin strong after 40+ years of service. I do occasionally use a MIG at the school, we have 2 MM185s and a MM210, but i rarely use them unless i'm in a hurry or doing alot of stuff with small materials.

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  • Fat-Fab.com
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    No listing for FCAW

    I have burned 150# of .072 FC since January 1st.

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  • HMW
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    ha ha, We have 5 road service trucks [1 spare bobcat]. We take care of a fleet of electric utillity trucks, 450+ vehicles [bucket trucks, derricks, trenchers, etc] always plenty to work on The air pacs are awesome, built in rotary screw compressor and can jump start anything.

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  • migman69
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    Originally posted by HMW View Post
    At work, in the shop its all MIG. All aluminum is heavy ramps so the spool guns work good. On the road, its stick. [2 Miller big blue air pacs and 4 Bobcat 225Ds]

    At home, [my shop], Tig and MIg run close. I do alot of aluminum repairs, marine/boat stuff, so TIG is used a bunch, but I also repair trailers, farm equipment etc, so the MIG gets used a bunch. I have a Bobcat 225D that I never use since I only work in the shop.

    dang you got alot of engine drives there

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  • HMW
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    At work, in the shop its all MIG. All aluminum is heavy ramps so the spool guns work good. On the road, its stick. [2 Miller big blue air pacs and 4 Bobcat 225Ds]

    At home, [my shop], Tig and MIg run close. I do alot of aluminum repairs, marine/boat stuff, so TIG is used a bunch, but I also repair trailers, farm equipment etc, so the MIG gets used a bunch. I have a Bobcat 225D that I never use since I only work in the shop.

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  • wireburner
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    I use my mig more than my little stick , cause the little stick is in my blacksmith shop to tack stuff up. I like tigging but don`t get to unless i use my cousin`s tig . Also like oxy-fuel (brazing ) with my little Harris port-a-torch set! (guess cause its kinda like tigging)
    Last edited by wireburner; 01-23-2008, 06:06 AM.

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  • Aerometalworker
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    OA for me

    I have almost every technology at my disposal, and for my work on antique cars, aircraft, motorcycles, and doing modern sheet aluminum fabrication, cant beat the torch.

    -Aaron

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  • tacmig
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    That makes two of us!

    Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
    Almost 100%of my biz brought to me is tig on aluminum. The rest is spoolgun aluminum and a little stainless tig.
    It's just what I went looking for and only that would do. So that is now all I get asked to do!!
    For me on my own stuff playing with steel is a real treat...sorta weird in a backwards kinda way I know, but true nontheless.
    For the past 27 years or so all I have really ever done is steel. I have a couple of guys that work for me and are really talented with AL, Stainless and sheet. But for me, make it steel please. And after all those years of stick'n and mig'n I've finally learned how to tig. But still I would have to improve just to suck at it. In any event I hang around here a lot and have learned a ton about tig and AL without having to embarrass myself by asking the guys that work for me I know they are here somewhere, can't hide secrets for too long..

    TacMig

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  • FusionKing
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    Almost 100%of my biz brought to me is tig on aluminum. The rest is spoolgun aluminum and a little stainless tig.
    It's just what I went looking for and only that would do. So that is now all I get asked to do!!
    For me on my own stuff playing with steel is a real treat...sorta weird in a backwards kinda way I know, but true nontheless.

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  • uhohjim
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    Love to fire up the Tig..... .but gotta give it to the speedy Mig for quick metal fab.
    Jim

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  • fun4now
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    new TIG, want to use it more

    my MIG gets the most use but i am hoping to get more TIG done. aluminum is much more $$ so i don't have access to it as much. probably all the repair stuff around the house has been MIG and or flux-core. but for artsy fartsy stuff i'm working on now TIG. (till i run out of aluminum )
    i only weld at home not for work.

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  • srl_welder
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    when i was working we used mig for eveything, at home i use my fluxcore machine

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  • k zen
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    So Far The Mig Was Use For The Big Stuff
    (trailers ,tools, Benches.....) But In A Near Future I Probably Use The Tig More Fore The Custom Made Furnitures And Smaller Projects ( Art , Sculpture) And I Will Fit The Regulator On The Oxy-acetylene Maybe Tonight ( Brand New Set) .
    I Am Starting A Tig Course Tomorrow .

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