Mig Welders, Tig Welders & Arc Welders:

Types & Features of Mig, Tig & Arc
Welders and Plasma Cutters

Mig welders, plasma cutters and other welding equipment have become some of the
most popular items in the world of automotive service equipment. When you see how
easy it is to create high-quality welds and clean cuts with these impressive tools, their
popularity makes perfect sense. This automotive service equipment is affordable, and
with the advancements in technology, mig welders, plasma cutters, and other welders
are easier to use than ever before. ASE Deals offers a wide variety of welding
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Types Of Welders: Mig Welders, Tig Welders & Arc Welders

A number of different welders are available to make it easy and convenient to weld
almost anything like an expert. The type you choose, however, will depend on the
material you intend to weld, as well as your skill level.

Arc Welders

One of the first improvisations on the torch, arc welders are a basic level of automotive
service equipment that are also one of the easiest to use. Called stick welding, arc
welders use electric arcs and an electrode to weld thick materials together quickly.

Mig Welders

A short time later, the concept of using wire feed instead of an electrode came about
and mig welders were created. Because mig welders use a lower heat, they have very
little metal distortion. Therefore, you are able to weld thinner materials such as sheet
metal, which is why this automotive service equipment is popular for auto body work.

To feed a constant stream of wire to the weld location, you simply pull the trigger on the
mig welder's gun. However, you still need to choose the right supplies according to the
material you're working with. If you're working on stainless steel or aluminum, for
example, argon and CO2 is the best choice.

Wire is another variable all together. If you're dealing with thicker metal that doesn't
require a clean, smooth weld, the flux core wire is the best choice because it's quick and
easy to use. For all other jobs, however, solid wire and gas are the best choice. One
word of caution: when working with aluminum welding wire, use a Teflon liner with the
wire feed to keep it from getting stuck in the weld line.

With mig welders, you have to choose wire in the appropriate diameter as well as the
proper tip. Even then, don't be afraid to practice with this automotive service equipment
on scrap metal before moving to the final piece, particularly if you're working on difficult
metal such as aluminum. It also helps if you keep an eye on the gauges attached
directly to the mig welders as well as the flow meters on the supply lines, and adjust
them as needed.

Mig welders are, without a doubt, the most popular type of automotive service
equipment. This is mostly due to the fact that they are extremely easy to work with, quick
to use, and are one of the most affordable automotive service equipment items on the

Tig Welders

Tig welders, or Tungsten Inert Gas, are automotive service equipment that use tungsten
electrodes to heat the metal until the two pieces fuse together instead of adding a
melted metal or a consumable electrode to join them together. In fact, filler metals are
only used with this automotive service equipment in rare instances. The only materials
these machines do use are argon and other gas mixtures in order to create the

When comparing mig welders to tig welders, you'll find that mig welders are much faster
at creating quality welds. Tig welders require more practice and experience to work well
in addition to costing more and requiring more time per weld. However, this automotive
service equipment is far more precise and ideal when doing custom work that requires a
high level of accuracy and perfection. You'll also find that tig welders carry far less risk
of damaging the weld or causing cracking. The result is a weld that is better than the
best mig welds.

Plasma Cutters

Plasma cutters create precise, even cuts that are far more superior to the cutting
torches of yesteryear. Using an electric arc along with air or gas, plasma cutters use
high pressure and wire speed together with a low heat for the best cut. Newer plasma
cutters use an inverter rather than a transformer to make the unit itself run cooler while
allowing the machine itself to be smaller, lighter, and easier to handle.

When purchasing plasma cutters, duty cycle should be one of the main features you
consider. This is the determining factor when it comes to how long plasma cutters can
cut before allowing the automotive service equipment to cool off. As a general rule,
however, the larger plasma cutters can cut thicker materials and for a longer period of
time before having to shut them down.

One of the ways you can tell how thick of a material you'll be able to cut with plasma
cutters is by looking at the machine's automotive service equipment ratings, which are
determined by the manufacturer. These ratings are based on how long a particular type
of plasma cutters can cut through mild steel. Therefore, if you'll be cutting tempered
steel, remember that the time you will have to cut will be far less. Aluminum, on the other
hand, takes far less effort, and therefore less of the machine's resources.

Features of Each Type of Welders: Mig, Tig & Arc

Arc Welders

Arc welders like those from Lincoln Electric automotive service equipment are loaded full
of features. You'll get unlimited control over the amperage so that you can easily create
professional welds. They're light and easy to move making them far more portable than
their competition, yet they are still sturdy enough to stand up to a beating. Lincoln
Electric arc welders also have a roll bar design and thermostatic heat protection to give
the unit added protection.

Mig Welders

Mig welders from Lincoln automotive service equipment offer superior quality without the
superior cost. Ranging in size from small portable models that run on an 115V, 20 amp
outlet to industrial automotive service equipment, Lincoln mig welders provide you with a
full range of settings to give you full control over weld quality. The gun stays cold until
the trigger is pressed, and they carry a 90-day warranty on both the gun and cable as
well as a full year warranty on the mig welders themselves.

Tig Welders

ThermalArc automotive service equipment creates some of the best tig welders on the
planet, and they're loaded with features. A push button control panel makes it easy to
control the machine while specialized TIG modes let you control the start, weld crater as
well as repeatable weld cycles. True square wave AC output and the pulse mode mean
you can easily customize the weld shape and bead. You'll also be impressed with the
number of additional safety features including voltage protection and warning code

Plasma Cutters

Lincoln Electric is well known for its first-class plasma cutters and automotive service
equipment. Models featuring single-dial control, air pressure regulators, and pressure
gauges make these plasma cutters easy to use so you get precise, clean cuts every
time. Line voltage compensation, Parts-In-Place indicators, and thermostatic protection
protect the user and the plasma cutters from damage. Additionally, with a CNC Robotic
interface, even the most difficult cuts are a breeze.

Be sure to check out ASE Deals' expansive selection of arc, tig, and mig welders as well
as our plasma cutters. Or, request a free automotive service equipment catalog. You'll
be amazed at the variety and are sure to find the perfect machine that meets your
needs and your budget at the same time.  
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