MIG or TIG Welding Gas?

Here at innergy, we not only supply high-quality welding machines that will complete any job, regardless of its size, but we also supply MIG welding gas as well as a wide variety of safety equipment to ensure that you remain safe while working on your project at all times. That makes us your one stop shop for all your welding needs.

However, it’s essential to choose the right welding gas for your project. If you’re carrying out a TIG welding project, you’ll need a different type of welding gas. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the difference between MIG and TIG welding and the different types of gas required for each.

TIG And MIG Welding – An Overview

Both TIG and MIG welding require the use of a shielding gas and electric arc. Nevertheless, there are some significant differences between them.

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MIG Welding

MIG or Metal Inert Gas welding uses a fully or semi-automatic arc and a wire consumable electrode together with a suitable shielding gas to create welds. Both the gas and electrode are fed through the torch or welding gun. Usually, the required shielding gas for MIG welding is an argon and CO2 mix. This welding type is used for joining thicker materials like stainless steel, mild steel, and aluminium.

TIG Welding

TIG or Tungsten Inert Gas welding uses a tungsten non-consumable electrode paired with a consumable separate filler material and shielding gas to create welds. The shielding gas typically used for this type of welding is a 100% argon gas. This welding type is used for joining thin materials like copper, aluminium, titanium, and steel. It’s commonly used in the motorsport, aerospace, and industrial sectors.

The Pros And Cons Of Both Types Of Welding

There are both advantages and disadvantages to both types of welding.

When compared with TIG welding, MIG welding is quicker, resulting in a shorter production time and lower costs. It’s also simpler to learn, so it’s popular amongst hobbyists. MIG welding is usually used when joining thick and large materials, but the welds aren’t as attractive, strong, or precise as TIG welds.

TIG welding is versatile but slow, meaning that production times are longer and costs are higher. It’s a more complex type of welding to learn too, so practitioners must be skilled. TIG welding is used for joining thin and small materials, and the weld produced is strong, precise, and attractive.

Choosing the appropriate type of welding is crucial to the success of your project, and once you’ve determined the best welding style, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve selected the correct type of shielding gas.

Specialist Suppliers Of MIG Welding Gas

Over the past few years, MIG welding has become more and more popular thanks to its user-friendliness and speed. Increasing numbers of hobbyists are now trying out this kind of welding, while the technique remains in common use across many professional industries.

As trusted suppliers of gas for MIG welding, we have an in-depth understanding of the vital role that MIG welding gas plays when making sure that every weld produces the best quality finish. That’s why we have a variety of Argon/CO2 gas for MIG welding mixes available, and choosing the right one to suit your specific application is crucial in order to ensure that welds are of the highest-quality every time.

We are highly experienced suppliers of gas for MIG welding, and we have put together an impressive offering that comprises a broad spectrum of products to meet all your requirements, whether you are using welding gas for commercial use or as a hobbyist. We stock a variety of different sized gas bottles in order to suit every application, ranging from Hobbyweld bottles sized 9 litre to 20 litre suitable for domestic users who are working on their own small-scale welding projects at home or businesses.

Our Mixes Of Gas For MIG Welding

We supply a variety of argon and CO2 MIG welding gases to facilitate welding of varying thicknesses of metals. By using small volumes of CO2 together with argon gas, welding arcs can be effectively stabilised, allowing for softer and neater welds.

We offer:

Hobbyweld 5

This gas is made up of 93% Argon, 5% Carbon Dioxide and 2% Oxygen.  Hobbyweld 5 gas provides excellent penetration which ensures that it’s the perfect choice when MIG welding. This bottled gas is primarily used in vehicle restoration projects and offers the best weld quality for car bodywork, this gas can produce a very stable arc for less splatter and reduced clean-up time.

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Hobbyweld 15

Hobbyweld 15 is made up of 83% Argon, 15% Carbon Dioxide and 2% Oxygen.  This gas bottle mix is suitable for a variety of applications and has a higher content of CO2 when compared with Hobbyweld 5, the gas delivers an even better welding performance together with minimal spatter. Especially popular in the onsite, mobile, and agricultural welding markets, this gas can also be used for general fabrication and structural steel work and is ideal for us with mild steel measuring more than 7mm in thickness.

Hobbyweld Argon

Argon gas is most suitable for use when TIG welding carbon steel, aluminium and stainless steel.  This gas can also be used on a MIG welder for aluminium and alloy wheels when used with the appropriate MIG wire.  Argon is the most popular gas for vehicle body panels, model work and model aircraft.  Along with Hobbyweld, welding consumable are also available to buy from any of our six depots.

Find Out More About Our MIG and TIG Welding Gas Today

If you aren’t certain which MIG or TIG welding gas is the best option for your application, the innergy team is available to help. Just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to offer you expert advice and the information that you require.