Stick Welding

what is stick welding?

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) commonly known as Manual Metal Arc (CMMA) welding or informally known as stick welding - is a manual arc welding process that uses a consumable (electrode) coated in flux to lay the weld.

Because of the versatility of the process and the simplicity of the equipment, stick welding is one of the world's most popular welding processes. It dominates other welding processes in the maintenance and repair industry and continues to be used extensively in the construction of steel structures and in industrial fabrication. Shielded Metal Arc is a favorite in repair and maintenance applications.

At ARCO Welding Supply in Malden, Mass, we have serviced both large and small contractors, maintenance & repair shops and other industries throughout the New England area since 1950.

Our customers have considered us as their primary stick welding supply distributor -due to both our exceptional customer service and reliability of having a fully stocked inventory of quality stick welding supplies and equipment from leading manufacturers such as Lincoln and Hobart Brothers.

ARCO Welding's in house technical staff has a diverse knowledge base and can walk you thru the correct equipment set up and Stick Welding techniques. We can also assist you with proper filler metal selection so you get the superior results you're looking to achieve.

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premier manufacturers we carry include but are not limited to the following:

Miller Electric

Offers a full line of 1 and 3-Phase stick welders depending on your application. Choose from among the inexpensive Thunderbolt® series welder or perhaps the portability of the Maxstar® series which delivers the best DC stick welding performance in its product class; or its Gold Star® suited to rugged applications and superior arc characteristics.

Lincoln Electric

Offers traditional transformer-based welder design to leading edge inverter-based designs which produce an extremely smooth welding arc. Lincoln stick electrodes- Fleetweld, Excalibur, Jetweld, Jet-LH, and Shield-Arc brands are the filler metal of choice by professional welders.


Offers its Stickmate® series available in three models providing different AC or DC output and other features. Offers a complete line of welding electrodes for every application.

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that other professional welders have come to realize with ARCO Welding

As part of the Weldmark® Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (“IWDC”); we can assure our customers that the stick welding equipment and stick welding supplies needed for the job are in stock. We cannot possibly list them all, but additional manufacturers' product lines include:

  • Steiner safety products
  • Tweco
  • Atlas chipping hammers
  • United Abrasives (abrasive and cutting accessories)
  • Stulz Hard Facing

Whether you're a new or experienced welder, when its time to purchase a new stick welding machine or supplies we can help!

For more information about the extensive line of Stick welding products that ARCO Welding Supply carries please call us at 781.324.6190 or email us anytime at