MIG Welding Tips: Drag & Pull Welding Techniques

Mig Welding


Welding Tips – Drag & Pull Techniques

Reading Electric, a leading supplier of electro-mechanical equipment, services, and problem solver for Industrial and Commercial customers for over 50 years provides technical information to the Region’s Residential, Commercial and Industrial Community. This Bulletin provides information on tips to improve your MIG Welding ‘Drag and Pull Techniques’.

Always read and follow the safety precautions and operational instructions in your owner’s manual.

Recommended Fillet Weld Thickness           Welding Tips - Diagram 03

  1. A drag or pull gun technique will give you a bit more penetration and a narrower bead. A push gun technique will give you a bit less penetration, and a wider bead. (Refer to Diagram 3).

  2. When welding a fillet, the leg of the weld should be equal to the thickness of the parts welded. (Refer to Diagram10).

  3. Compare your weld to photos to determine proper adjustments.
    *Information contributed by Miller Electric

Good Weld

Good Weld


Voltage Too High

Voltage Too High

Travel Too Fast

Travel Too Fast Weld


Amps Too Low

Amperage Too Low Weld

Travel Too Slow

Travel Too Slow Weld


Amps Too High

Amperage Too High Weld

Voltage Too Low

Voltage Too Low Weld Example


Less Strikeout

Less Strikeout No Gas Weld

No Gas

Reading Electric is an Authorized Factory Repair Center for Miller, Lincoln, Esab, and Hobart Welding Equipment. For assistance and additional information on Welding Equipment & Services, Contact John Eckert at Reading Electric.