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What is MIG Gas?

What is MIG and what does it mean? MIG stands for Metal Inert Gas. This is a commonly used term in the Welding industry in Australia. MIG Gas refers to a gas that is inert (inert means 'still') and when we use that word ('inert') with gas it implies that the gas is inactive or non-reactive. So that gas, such as Argon, can be used in the process and not react with the other elements. The MIG Gas is used as a shielding gas to prevent Oxygen and moisture from getting into the weld. MIG Gas Mixtures The most common MIG gas supplied in Australia is a blend of Argon, Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen and this mixtures of the gases vary. There is normally a high concentration of Argon 92-95% with the remaining gas mixture mostly carbon dioxide (3-5%), with a low percentage of Oxygen (1-3%). The MIG gas mixture we supply is 93% Argon, 5% Carbon dioxide and 2% Oxygen. MIG gas advantages Welding with MIG gas is great, because: Welding a large number of metals and thicknesses is easy The welt bead is good Weld splatter is minimised Welding with MIG gas is easy to learn and master. MIG gas disadvantages Welding with MIG gas can be limited for very thick metal MIG gas welding is less portable than arc welding The weld is slightly less controlled than TIG welding. If you have not welded previously or are getting back into the game, remember it is best to seek advice and guidance first. The key areas of interest, are what type of metal are you welding? how thick is it? what is the best Gas for this process? have I got the right equipment? and then always do a test run. Doing some research on the how to hold the welding torch, and the angle, as well as watching some Youtube videos might also be a good idea. Happy welding.

Buy Don’t Rent – Argon Gas Bottles

Buy your Own MIG Gas bottle With the start of the new year individuals, families and organisations often have new years resolutions or new areas of focus. This new year focus is a good thing and given the excesses of Christmas (and perhaps a little overspending), or the pressure from the boss to reduce costs, finding a saving in the new year is normally high on the priority list. One area we can help with is cheap argon. The rentfreegas model, as our name suggests, means you immediately stop paying rental the day you buy your own argon gas bottle. Now that you own your own bottle, with us, the only cost you will have is our cheap refills, no rental and no delivery. To buy your own mig gas bottle all you have to do is call or email us and we look after the rest. The first cost you pay includes the cost of the cylinder, and for a medium sized cylinder (the E size stands up to your waist) say the E size bottle this cost is $460. Thereafter, whenever you need more gas, call, text or email us and we deliver a refill (replacement) bottle full of gas and collect the empty one, and this refill cost for the E size is $160 (nothing more to pay). Prices for all Argon gas bottles (plus GST): Bottle Size First New Cost Refill Cost C bottle - (0.6m3) $220 $75 D bottle - (1.7m3) $360 $110 E bottle - (4m3) $460 $160 G bottle - (8.7m3) $560 $180 Depending on the number of welding gas bottles you purchase and how often you refill them, are the two key items that will help determine how much you can save. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Email: simon@rentfreegas.com.au Phone: 0404 677 187 

Welding made easy with MIG gas

Welding using a metal inert gas (MIG) welder is really not difficult. Using a MIG welder is easy with the right MIG gas. Plenty of MIG gas options MIG welding is a simple, easy and popular welding process that uses electricity and MIG gas to melt and join metal. Luckily, when it comes to picking the right gas to use, there are plenty of options. Why do you need MIG gas? You need MIG gas in order to shield the weld from the air. But it’s not just the case of picking a MIG gas randomly. Basically, you need to make the right choice of MIG gas to: Determine the depth of the weld Determine the characteristics of the welding arc Determine the weld’s mechanical properties. How to get your gas choice right Rent Free Gas can help advise you as to what is the best MIG gas to use in your particular case. Argon can be used for your MIG welding, especially for steel and aluminium, and Argon 5-2 is also great for mild steel welding. Some other common MIG gases are CO2 and Oxygen, with Helium being the least common. Often, these gases will be fixed together, although Argon and carbon dioxide can be used as a pure MIG gas. In many cases, up to three MIG gases can be combined; typically Argon, CO2 and Helium, or Argon, CO2 and O2. Pure CO2 as a MIG gas can produce the deepest penetrating welds, although the welds can also be rough. A MIG gas made up of CO2 and Argon is very popular, although if you are welding stainless steel, the best MIG gas mix is probably mostly Argon and CO2. MIG gas advantages Welding with MIG gas is great, because: Welding a large number of metals and thicknesses is easy The welt bead is good Weld splatter is minimised Welding with MIG gas is easy to learn and master. MIG gas disadvantages Welding with [...]

Common uses of welding gas bottles

Rent free welding gas bottles are the easy and more cost-effective way to complete your welding projects. If you currently rent a bottle, but you don't have any welding projects on your bench for a month or two, you're literally wasting money every day. Make the easy leap to buying your own bottle, because rent free welding gas bottles are the answer! Common welding gas bottles and their uses: Argon Argon is used as an inert shielding gas, protecting your weld from contamination from the air. By properly using an Argon rent free welding gas bottle, typically used for a TIG welder, you ensure that air will not come in contact with the molten weld puddle and react with the metal. Argon 5-2 Different to Argon rent free welding gas bottles, Argon 5-2 can be used when you are welding mild steel, in the form of MIG welding. Basically, Argon 5-2 rent free welding gas bottles contain a mix of Argon and also CO2 and Oxygen. Oxygen Oxygen rent free welding gas bottles are used for what is called Oxygen & LPG welding (or Oxyacetylene), otherwise known as Oxy-fuel welding. Basically, this means you are using the oxygen in your rent free welding gas bottle as the combustion method. It's also great for bending, heating, surfacing and brazing, as the welder has a lot of control over the heat. CO2 Did you know that CO2 rent free welding gas bottles are most commonly used as a reactive gas for MIG welding, and are the only ones that can be used without an inert gas? CO2 rent free welding gas bottles are also a very inexpensive shielding gas, and provide for deep weld penetrations useful for welding thick materials. Nitrogen Another inert gas, like Argon or C02, is nitrogen, which in the form of a rent free welding gas bottle means you eradicate oxygen from the welding environment and prevent oxidation. Nitrogen rent free welding gas bottles are increasingly popular [...]