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Stick welders are very popular types of welders because it welds a wide variety of materials. They are also more affordable than most other types of welding machines.
Stick welders are ideal for handymen doing maintenance around the home. The equipment you need is inexpensive and you can weld both indoors and outdoors. A reliable welding supplier, such as Bilba Industries will be able to explain the pros and cons of the different stick welders for sale.
What is a stick welder?
Simply put stick welders, also known as arc welders, use electric current to join metal together. You can work with these stick welders in industrial, construction, and manufacturing environments. Stick welding is an electric arc welding process and you use a metal stick or rod (electrode) as filler material.
What are stick welders used for?
You can use stick welding effectively for welding most alloys or joints indoors and outdoors. You can create a good bond with a stick welding machine even on rusty or dirty metals. It is also often used in welding steel and iron.
Many industries use stick welding. The industries and types of work where you can use stick welding include
- the building industry,
- underwater welding, pipelines and the construction of ships,
- manufacturing of farm machinery,
- steel fabrication and structural welding, and
Interestingly, the smallest welder on the market is a very small stick welder, the “Duralloy DA140M Mini 140amp MMA/TIG Welder”. It only weighs 2kg but it is versatile and you can use it anywhere.
How do stick welders work?
Stick welders can work with AC, DC, or AC/DC. The type you need depends on what you plan to do with your stick welding machine. An AC stick welder might deliver enough power for most DIY welders, but if you are a professional welder using your stick welding machine for a variety of welding jobs you should look for DC stick welders for sale.
In principle, you only need four things for stick welding:
- Rod holder/electrode.
- Continuous voltage power output or a Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) welder.
- An earth clamp.
- Stick welding rods (electrodes) to weld with.
With stick welding, you use an electric current (AC or DC) to produce an electric arc to join various metals. In other words, to stick weld you utilize an electric current and an anode at the weld pool.
An electric current flows through the electrode and touches the parent metal. Simultaneously, the flux in the rod creates a gas that protects the electric arc between the metal you’re welding and the anode.
How much do stick welders cost?
When you look for an arc welder for sale you will find that the prices of the different brands and models differ from about $500 to $2,000 or more. However, you have to remember that the price depends on what the specific stick welder offers. You can, for instance, buy the ”Cigweld Weldskill 180 Trade Pack” for $699, or the “Cigweld Transarc 170i Mine Spec Plant” for $2,015.
For $699 you only receive a single-phase welding inverter with a user-friendly control panel.
For $2,015 you receive the “Transarc Mine Spec” version with a reinforced supply lead. This lead eliminates electric shock from a damaged power cord.
The model also comes with a heavy-duty, IP66 rated and compliant 15A supply plug. The plug screws in and forms a weatherproof seal. For the $2,015 you receive a welder with a safety Deadman switch advantage. The Deadman switch ensures that the voltage at the electrode before you start is zero volts
What are the factors to consider when buying a stick welder?
When you consider purchasing a stick welder we recommend that you keep the following aspects in mind:
- What are your primary power requirements?
- How portable must the welder be? Decide on size and weight.
- What welding output do you need?
- What are the shielding gas requirements?
Usually, an AC/DC stick welder is a good choice because it gives the most versatility.