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What You Need To Know When Buying A MIG Welder
When somebody is looking to do their own auto body work, MIG welders are one of the first tools they should look at owning. MIG welding is very easy to learn and a MIG welder is a must-have for auto restoration or any type of metal fab, which is probably why you’re considering purchasing a MIG. If you’re not sure what exactly you need, we’re going to help you select the right machine for your job. Our MIG welders buying guide primarily looks at the MIG 135, MIG 175 and MIG 250, which are designed specifically for this type of welding. If you’re looking for a multi-process machine that will allow you to not only MIG weld, but also give you the option of stick and TIG welding, those units are also available at Eastwood.
When somebody is looking to do their own auto body work, MIG welders are one of the first tools they should own. MIG welding is very easy to learn and a MIG welder is a must-have for auto restoration or metal fabrication.
If you’re not sure what exactly you need, we’re here to help you select the right machine for your job. On our MIG welding page, we’ve taken a closer look at how MIG welders work, when the best times are to use them and other information you need to know. We also offer a variety of products and resources for more experienced welders who want to Do the Job Right.
Whatever project you are working on, chances are that parts are getting increasingly difficult to find. That means you may have to craft your own parts, whether it's a bracket to hold internals or hood and door panels.
To make these parts, you'll need to be ready to do some welding. At Eastwood, we carry more than 4,000 products aimed at helping DIYers like you fabricate or fix whatever they need for a restoration project. Among that huge line of products are some of the best MIG welders on the market as well as MIG welding kits and accessories.
As opposed to TIG welding, MIG welding is perfect for bigger jobs and is easier to get done. There are a variety of applications for the home restoration enthusiast, and our experts will help you decide on the option that works best for you.
Eastwood MIG Welders
Get a great weld at a great value by shopping for MIG welding supplies at Eastwood. The most common type of industrial welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welders use a shielding gas and wire electrode to heat up two metal objects along with the wire to join them. Each Eastwood welder has been developed to meet or exceed the performance of other popular MIG welders at a lower price. Pick up one of our welders for use with mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum welding projects.
Eastwood manufactures three types of MIG welders for all types of fabrication. Our DIY MIG 135 welder is an excellent entry-level welder for simple jobs on sheet metal and steel up to 3/16-inch thick. For mechanic shop worthy performance, the MIG 175 can weld steel or aluminum that's up to 5/16-inch thick. Chose the MIG 250 for up to ½-inch thick welding that's in demand from race shops and other heavy-duty fabrication.
Our commitment to auto enthusiasts extends beyond our own MIG products. We also carry several models of Lincoln Electric portable MIG welders that have a compact design for welding on the go. With a flux core welder, you can get basic MIG performance without the need for a shielding gas. Multi-process welders allow users to perform several types of welding, including MIG, for any type of project.
There's usually more to fabrication than just joining metal together. Bundle a welder with a Versa-Cut plasma cutter for sheet metal and aluminum in one of our MIG welding kits. You'll save money while getting all the equipment you need for automotive metal work. You can also order a welder that comes with cart or helmet. Most welders we sell include nozzles, wire spools, gas regulators and other needed accessories. Other consumables and parts are available such as the Welder’s Helper Copper Spoon Set, which we consider the Best MIG Welding Accessory for Beginners to prevent warpage and blow-through.
Since 1978, Eastwood has helped the DIY community complete their dream projects by offering the right tools and thorough education. Use the tools above to compare welders and consult the MIG Welders Buyers Guide to determine whether a MIG Welder is a must-have for your shop. In the Eastwood Garage, you’ll find helpful articles such as our MIG Welding Tips for Beginners, how to troubleshoot why your MIG welder won’t arc and an explanation of MIG welding duty cycles.
Instead of going to other Eastwood welder dealers for DIY MIG welders, come right to the source by shopping in our online store or one of our retail shops. All welders we sell have a 3-year manufacturer's warranty and come with our no-hassle returns. And rest assured that our 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee will help you protect your investment.
MIG Welder Frequently Asked Questions
What is a MIG Welder Good For?
Like all types of welders, a MIG welder has its benefits and drawbacks. These welders are the best option for people new to metal fabrication, as it is the easiest welding process to learn. Metal inert gas welders produce clean welds that are strong and look great. In addition to steel, you can also MIG weld stainless steel and aluminum alloys.
Another advantage of MIG welding is that it works on both thin and thick metals. It provides the best control to work on sheet metal body panels or other auto parts and can also be used for trailer frames and farm equipment. If you have a time-sensitive welding project, MIG is the best choice for a solid, clean result.
What is the Best MIG Welder for Beginners?
Our Eastwood MIG 135 is ideal for home hobbyists, light fabricators, and others who need an industrial-quality welder at a low price. It welds steel and stainless steel up to 3/16-inch thick and also can do flux-core welding. The welder runs on the standard 120V current found in most garages. If you need to weld aluminum, go with the Eastwood MIG 175 that comes with a Spool Gun.
Regardless of what unit you buy, remember to listen to your MIG welder. When used properly, they should sizzle with occasional pops and spits like bacon in a pan. Changes in the sound can tell you if the wire speed is too high, the shield gas is turned off or something else is amiss. The Eastwood Forum is a good place to visit if you encounter issues.
Is ARC Welding Stronger Than MIG Welding?
At their core, MIG and ARC/Stick Welds have about the same strength — the differences lie in the situation. ARC welders have much better metal penetration, so they create stronger welds on thick metals. They also are much stronger on dirty metals or in windy conditions. On the other hand, MIG welders can make good welds on aluminum while stick welders cannot.
Where can I get more information on MIG welding?
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