SMAW, or Shielded Metal Arc Welding, most commonly called “stick welding” is essentially a manual arc welding process. We use a consumable electrode covered in flux to form the pool and high amperage to melt the base metal forming the weld joint.
GMAW, or Gas Metal Arc Welding, most commonly called MIG (metal inert gas) is a process where an electric arc between the base metal and the filler material (small diameter wire). This process injects an inert gas, a filler material, and enough heat to melt the base metal with a pull of the trigger. With the correct amperage, wire speed, gas and pressure, beautiful welds that are a cinch to clean up are formed.
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