STICK WELDING 101: GETTING STARTED WITH SMAW

Updated: Apr 5


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Stick Welding 101

When people think about welding, 9 times out of 10 they picture stick welding. Stick welding is generally the first process we teach, and for good reason. Stick welding teaches the fundamentals of welding and if you can maser stick, the others will come easier.





Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's talk about what stick welding is and why it's used. If you're new to welding, the most common processes are GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), FCAW (Flux Core) and SMAW (Stick). Every process has its advantages and disadvantages, but for today's purposes let's focus on stick.

Advantages of Stick Welding:

1. Portability

One of the biggest advantages of using the stick welding process is it's extremely portable. The flux around the rod acts as the shielding, so there's no need for manhandling clunky cylinders. Grab a handful of rods, drag out the leads and you're ready to turn n' burn!


2. Weld in All Positions

Whether you're in the field or in your garage, at some point you'll find yourself needing to weld out of position (horizontal, vertical, overhead). Some processes are limited to the flat position due to the fluidity of the puddle or other factors. Stick welding is not one of those processes. The ability to run in different positions is only limited by your electrode choice.


3. Affordable

Compared to its counterparts, stick welding is a very affordable process. You can pick up a basic stick machine, from a reputable company, for less than $500.


disAdvantages of Stick Welding:

1. Weld Speed