Here’s How to Select The Right Welding Equipment
Welding has been around for years now and we still constantly have a need for this type of labor, whether it’s in our homes, in commercial properties or as part of machine shops. You may be ust starting out in the welding world looking to get small contracts, temporary work or just to repair something in your house. Or maybe you want to set your sights higher in the industry and become a full time welder.
Whatever the situation choosing the right welding equipment is a fundamental part of making sure you start off in the right footing. In today’s article we are going to help you select the right welder and talk you through the basics of welding.
Are You Looking for a MIG Welder?
MIG stands for Gas Metal Arc Welding and in this process of welding you will feed a bare filler wire that is made of the same material that is being welded, with shielding has through a hand held torch.
The Arc part of the welding process is what actually does the welding for you, and it gets this name from the arc that it creates when contact is made, when the welder is turned on and an electric current is sent through to the device.
Perhaps the best use of a MIG welder is for your general joining jobs, there aren’t many other welders on the market at present that can offer the same benefits as this MIG welder when it comes to joining up. Whether its stainless steel, carbon steel or aluminium the welder will have no problem joining these kinds of materials together and it doesn’t matter if you use the welder overhead, on the ground or in any other position.
If you are a beginner and looking to start out in the welding world then MIG welding is probably the easiest of all the welding processes to learn as well, all it takes is time and patience and even the most novices of MIG welders can achieve some impressive joining jobs.
Are You Looking for a TIG Welder?
TIG stands for Gas Tungsten Welding and this process of welding uses concentrated heat and precise control which means that you can weld the thinnest of materials together using the arc. If you have a job that needs this level of accuracy then TIG should be used every time to give the highest quality of work and craftsmanship.
Each TIG welder will be able to adjust temperature controls by a foot or hand control.
If you are looking to get a TIG then be prepared to pay out more than you would for a MIG and don’t forget to also purchase the following equipment: You will need a power supply, welding cables and a TIG torch, an inert-gas cylinder, gas supply and some hoses and regulators.
Are You Looking for a Stick Welder?
Finally we come to the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process more commonly known as Stick. With this type of welding process there isn’t much in terms of additional equipment that will be needed, you will need the usual power source, electrode holder and work clamp but that is generally all you will require to operate a Stick welder.
One of the drawbacks to this type of welding process is that you can’t really use it on overhead positions, and don’t expect to weld thin materials like you can with the TIG welder. However, don’t let that put you off as most materials can be welded with the Stick welder and you will find that this is the cheapest of the bunch to buy if you are only going to use it on occasions or to simply do some one-off repair work.
Another advantage of the Stick is that drafts or winds won’t affect how it operates so if you needed to take this weld outside to use that you can be safe in the knowledge that it’s going to operate and function correctly without a problem.
One final thing to point out about this type of weld is that it is a slower process than the MIG weld so patience is a virtue when using the Stick weld, and it does take some skill if you want to weld aluminium together, so just bare these couple of facts in mind if you do decide to go for a Stick weld over the other two types of weld that we have previously mentioned in this guide.
Just remember that welds can be dangerous so make sure you take health and safety seriously when using them.