A Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welder works by using a continuously feeding spool of welding wire that burns, melts and fuses both the base and parent metals together. You can weld a variety of materials such as mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. A range of material thicknesses can be welded from thin gauge sheet metal right up to heavier structural plates.
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding on the other hand is more commonly used for your thinner gauge materials. Items that are made with this process are things like kitchen sinks and tool boxes. The biggest benefit is that you can get your power down really low and not blow through the metal.
The main difference between MIG and TIG welding is that MIG welding method uses a continuously feeding electrode and is a very fast way of putting down welds. TIG is a much more fine and delicate welding technique. The most versatile machine is the TIG welder as you can weld many different types of metals. The downside is that it is very slow.
For anybody wanting to do some welding at home your better choice of machine to buy would have to be the wire feeding MIG welder.
This question almost always has the same answer: it depends on the project. Our team will help analyze your current project goals, and the advantages of using either method. If you have any questions, please reach out to us below and we would be happy to assist you.