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Don't Get Stuck on Stick Welding

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Learn how to choose an electrode, properly set up a welder, and master a consistent work angle and travel speed.
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Tips for the beginning stick welder

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), also known as stick welding, has long been a commonly used process on many job sites for numerous reasons. It is a relatively trouble-free process that is tolerant of surface and environmental challenges associated with other welding processes, and relatively low-cost equipment can mean a smaller investment.

Even as wire processes and newer technologies grow in use thanks to the productivity gains they offer, stick welding remains an important process to know and understand.

Basic welding principles such as travel speed, travel angle, and work angle are critical to success, and you will see significant differences by simply adjusting these parameters. As a result, the basics of stick lay the foundation that will help you become a better welder.

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