I’m the “by-the-book” type of person. I fully read the manual to any new product I purchase before I even power it on – very true. The same principle works for most when it comes to picking out welding electrodes. The adventurous type try out various electrodes and go with whichever one works best for the occasion (an effective yet time consuming way of finding which gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) electrode you need).
Regardless of method, sometimes it’s still confusing to pick the best electrode for GTAW jobs. WeldingTipsandTricks.com breaks down why 2% lanthanated and 2% thoriated tungsten electrodes work best for many welding jobs.
You can check out their detailed article on the subject here.