What are the limitations of Stick Welding?

  • Operator duty cycles are low compared with semi-automatic and automatic processes; this makes the cost per pound of deposited weld metal high with Stick Welding
  • Deposition rates are generally lower than for other welding processes
  • The process is considered to be manual as it is not easily mechanized
  • Stick Welding is not suitable for reactive metals such as titanium, zirconium, tantalum, and columbium because the shielding does not prevent oxygen contamination of the weld