Not sure which Taylor Studwelding system is the ideal choice for you? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you differentiate between the different Taylor Studwelding machines. Find out how each type can work for you and your business.

Considering the following aspects will help you narrow down your search for the right machine:

Material Thickness

The thicknesses of the materials you are working with will have an impact on which Taylor Studwelding system is right for you. Thin gauge materials (between 0.7mm to 2mm in thickness) work best with Capacitor Discharge machines. On the other hand, materials of 2mm and above thicknesses tend to be better suited to Drawn Arc systems. Short Cycle systems similarly suit thicknesses of 1.5mm and above.

CD Studwelding can suit thicker materials, but will start experiencing problems over 10mm thickness. Drawn Arc and Short Cycle processes require a minimum thickness and have less problems on thicker materials. Short Cycle requires a minimum thickness of 1.5mm (regardless of diameter); Drawn Arc requires a minimum material thickness of one third of the stud diameter (e.g. 12mm Diameter has a minimum thickness of 4mm sheet).

Gun Requirements

Lift Gap CD Stud Welding Gun

Lift Gap CD Stud Welding Gun

We also manufacture a variety of stud welding guns with distinctive uses and capabilities. Certain hand tools work better with certain machines. We can advise you on which guns are complementary to which units.

For CD studwelding, our CDi machines are suitable for contact hand tools, whereas CDM systems suit contact and lift gap tools. Furthermore, the CDM Multi Gun studwelding system can operate any combination of three stud welding guns, including lift gap and contact guns. Lift gap should be used for applications where marking to the opposite face of the material should be kept as minimal as possible.

Our Drawn Arc machines also suit a range of stud welding guns. Our Drawn Arc Handtool Range has a lot of handtools to chose from. For Drawn Arc welding of Threaded or Unthreaded studs up to 16mm Diameter, the DA2-A is the best choice. For larger diameters, the DA3-A should be used. The DA4/5/6 Hi-Lift handtools should be used for welding the largest diameters, including Shear Connectors. For Short Cycle applications, the DA8-A is the favourite choice due to its lightweight and compact features. If a customer needs to weld a mixture Drawn Arc and Short Cycle, the DA7-A is suitable for both processes.

Taylor Studwelding CNC Stud Welding Unit

CNC Stud Welding Unit


For operations requiring speed as well as pinpoint accuracy, an automated studwelding system is an excellent choice. Automated systems offer simultaneous stud welding opportunities, including capacitor discharge and short cycle stud welding processes.

Our fully automated systems include the powerful CNC stud feed production unit, which is both fast and economical with up to 4 axis’ available and easy programming for long or short runs. These machines can weld up to 60 studs per minute with an accuracy level of +/- 0.15mm.

Choosing Your Ideal Taylor Studwelding System

Here at Taylor Studwelding we have a range of high-performance stud welders available for sale or hire. Whether you require a versatile Capacitor Discharge machine or a large Drawn Arc stud welding system, we can help you find the unit you need. As the manufacturers of these systems, we can also offer you unparalleled customisability for our machines and guns, enabling you to truly find the ideal system for your operational requirements.

If you have more questions about any of our stud welding systems, we will be more than happy to help you over the phone or by email. Head over to our contact page to find the assistance you need or call us on 01924 452 123.