Stick Welders come in two basic types, Transformer or Inverter.
Whilst not always the case, the vast majority of Transformer Stick Welders have a moving shunt Transformer, meaning you wind a big knob on the front of the machine to adjust power output.
The advantage of a Transformer is they’re cheap. Sadly, that’s about the ONLY advantage!
Moving Shunt Transformer stick welders are:
Inverter Stick Welders, are quite a bit different!
Operationally, the BIG difference is that power is adjusted by turning a knob on the control panel. This is as easy as adjusting the volume of a radio, so significant changes to power output can be made in a Second!
The only real downside to an Inverter is they’re a bit more expensive. But apart from that it’s all positives:
As a fringe benefit, Inverter Stick Welders can be used for Scratch Start Tig Welding (with an appropriate Tig Torch). Now I’m not a big fan of Scratch Start Tig, but if you’re on a tight budget and would like to get into Tig in a small way, it can be a way forward.
Note however, that Stick Welding Inverters can’t be used for Tig Welding Aluminium!
It’s a bit of a No Brainer really!
Unless you really want to spend as little as possible and you don’t mind the many compromises, an Inverter Stick Welder is the way to go!
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