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Arc Welding (SMAW)

Arc welderArc welding - also known as "stick welding" or, officially, Shielded Metal Arc Welding - has some advantages over other types - notably the ability to weld outdoors in inclement weather and low cost.

Arc welding creates an electric arc between an electrode and whatever you are welding to melt together the metals. An arc welder can use direct (DC) or alternating (AC) current, and consumable or non-consumable electrodes, as well as shielding gas and sometimes an evaporating filler material.

Arc welders can be separate units - like that shown at right - or part of a TIG/arc combination.

Enjoy these how-to videos about arc welding ....

AHP 160 vs Everlast 160 Stick / TIG Welders
AHP 160 vs Everlast 160 Stick / TIG Welders
Sep 21, 2016
Kevin is comparing the AHP Alpha 160 ST and the Everlast PowerARC 160STH. Both are stick welders (ar... read more

How to Use Everlast's PowerARC 200ST Stick / TIG Welder
How to Use Everlast's PowerARC 200ST Stick / TIG Welder
Aug 24, 2016
Kevin is playing with Everlast's PowerARC 200ST, a 200 amp stick welder that also offers lift-start ... read more

How to use a Stick (Arc) / TIG Welder Using Everlast's 160STH
How to use a Stick (Arc) / TIG Welder Using Everlast's 160STH
Jul 27, 2016
Kevin has just gotten the Everlast PowerARC 160STH and can't wait to try it, especially because view... read more

How to Use the AHP Alpha 160ST Arc Welder
How to Use the AHP Alpha 160ST Arc Welder
Jun 15, 2016
The UPS delivery guy just dropped a box for Kevin, who can't wait to unpack it. Right on top is a ma... read more

How to Stick Weld With the AHP AlphaMIG 250 MIG / Arc Welder
How to Stick Weld With the AHP AlphaMIG 250 MIG / Arc Welder
May 25, 2016
Viewers have been asking Kevin to demonstrate the stick welding (arc welding) function on AHP's new ... read more

Why Would You Use AC When Stick Welding (Arc Welding)?
Why Would You Use AC When Stick Welding (Arc Welding)?
Oct 07, 2015
Based on a fan's question, Kevin explains why you would use AC (alternating current) when arc weldin... read more

How to Weld a Root Pass and Why You'd Want To - Using Everlast's 300 Amp Stick Welder
How to Weld a Root Pass and Why You'd Want To - Using Everlast's 300 Amp Stick Welder
Apr 07, 2015
Kevin is about to do something he really doesn't like: arc weld (stick weld). He's making a pedestal... read more

How to Stick Weld (Arc Weld) With the AHP AlphaTIG 200X
How to Stick Weld (Arc Weld) With the AHP AlphaTIG 200X
Jan 28, 2015
After considering where he'd put his fluffer, Kevin takes on a request from a read more

Checking Out a Very Affordable Stick / TIG Welder: Everlast's PowerARC 140ST
Checking Out a Very Affordable Stick / TIG Welder: Everlast's PowerARC 140ST
Jan 26, 2015
After a request from a viewer, Kevin is looking at a small suitcase that Everlast sent him.

He op... read more

Introducing Longevity's 250MP MIG / Stick Welder
Introducing Longevity's 250MP MIG / Stick Welder
Sep 03, 2014
As the how-to video opens, Kevin is looking at the combination MIG / stick (arc) welder. "I'm wonde... read more

How to Choose Which to Use: Your TIG or Stick (Arc) Welder
How to Choose Which to Use: Your TIG or Stick (Arc) Welder
Apr 30, 2014
Kevin got a question from someone who has just started welding and wants to buy his own welder: he's... read more

How to Use the AHP AlphaTIG 200X 200-Amp Welder
How to Use the AHP AlphaTIG 200X 200-Amp Welder
Sep 25, 2013
Kevin is working on a sculpture that is a four-cube tesseract and decides to break out the new AHP A... read more

Introducing the AHP AlphaTIG 200DX 200-Amp Welder
Introducing the AHP AlphaTIG 200DX 200-Amp Welder
Sep 18, 2013
Kevin introduces the AHP Alpha-TIG 200X, a new welder that is creating a lot of buzz. He likes the m... read more

How to Change TIG to MIG to Arc on a Multiprocess Welder
How to Change TIG to MIG to Arc on a Multiprocess Welder
Sep 11, 2013
Kevin is creating a sound sculpture and needs to change his Longevity ProMTS 200 Longevity welder fr... read more

Tips and Tricks for Longevity's ProMTS 200 Multiprocess Welder
Tips and Tricks for Longevity's ProMTS 200 Multiprocess Welder
Aug 21, 2013
Kevin fires up Longevity's new multiprocess - TIG, MIG, stick - welder and shares some tips and tric... read more

Introducing the Longevity ProMTS 200 MIG / TIG / Arc Welder
Introducing the Longevity ProMTS 200 MIG / TIG / Arc Welder
May 15, 2013
Kevin can't wait to dig into a box from Longevity, Inc. It contains the Longevity ProMTS 200 multipr... read more

How to Pick Your First Welder
How to Pick Your First Welder
Feb 27, 2013
After many requests from viewers, Kevin tackles the question of how to pick your first welder. The a... read more

Introducing the New Longevity TigWeld 160SX
Introducing the New Longevity TigWeld 160SX
Dec 15, 2012
Kevin opens the box of his new read more

TIG Welding vs. Arc Welding - Which Welder When?
TIG Welding vs. Arc Welding - Which Welder When?
Nov 13, 2012
Kevin answers a question from someone who has a combination TIG - arc welder about how to know when ... read more

MIG Welding vs. Arc Welding - Which Welder When?
MIG Welding vs. Arc Welding - Which Welder When?
Oct 24, 2012
Kevin answers a YouTube viewer's question about when to use a MIG welder and when to use an arc weld... read more

How to Select Rods for Arc Welding
How to Select Rods for Arc Welding
Nov 16, 2011
Kevin shows how to figure out which welding rod to use when using an arc welder (aka stick welder). ... read more

Tools for the Studio, Part 1
Tools for the Studio, Part 1
Sep 21, 2011
In response to a YouTube question, Kevin shows the arc and oxygen-acetylene welders he had when he g... read more

Choosing a Welder: MIG, TIG, Arc or Oxygen-Acetylene?
Choosing a Welder: MIG, TIG, Arc or Oxygen-Acetylene?
Aug 17, 2011
Kevin explains how he decides which welder to use: his MIG welder, TIG welder, arc welder or oxygen-... read more

Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Feb 23, 2011
Kevin explains how to hold the electrode (rod) and how to start the arc, as well as showing how to a... read more

Arc Welding Technique
Arc Welding Technique
Feb 16, 2011
Kevin provides helpful information about arc welding, including what you can do with it and how to ... read more

Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Jan 23, 2009
Kevin compares arc welders, MIG welders and TIG welders, explaining how they work and their respecti... read more