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SMAW Benefits & Limitations

SMAW Benefits & Limitations

The benefits of using SMAW are:

  1. Simple welding process
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Portable
  4. Can be used in cramp places
  5. Can be used with most common alloys

The limitations are:

  1. The welding is slow compare to SAW or GMAW
  2. Slag must be thoroughly clean, especially on multi-pass welds

SMAW is a good choice when doing repairs in a cramp place.