I had my first TIG welding class last night. Compared to the first bit of MIG welding I did on Wednesday, I found it a lot easier. Granted I was only welding steel, but I didn’t find it nearly as complicated as the one-man-band exercise it’s often touted to be.
TIG requires that you manipulate three or four things at the same time, the tungsten electrode and gas, the filler rod, and a pedal that controls amount of arc and shielding gas. It’s a very refined and slow process. Compared to TIG, MIG feels like an arc and metal spewing squirt gun. Kinda like snowboarding, you can’t really get the technique until you get accustomed to the speed
When we move to other non-ferric metals like aluminum I’m sure I won’t be crowing so hard about how it easy it is, but right now I’m preferring the TIG.