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Planning On Learning To Weld? Stock Your Kit With This Basic Equipment

by Aiden Carroll

If you're about to undertake the challenge of learning to weld so that you can pursue welding as a career or an additional service offered by your business, then one of the first things you'll need to do is accumulate the right equipment. Here's a look at the basics that you should have on hand as you begin to learn the skill of welding.

Welders

The most important tool of the trade is the actual welder. The type of welder you need depends on what you plan to do with it.

  • MIG welders are affordable and versatile, making them a good choice for most welders who are just starting out. However, you have to use shielding gas with MIG welding (this is gas to protect the weld area from oxygen and water vapor) and the cost of his gas can add up quickly.
  • TIG welders create very high-quality welds and can weld metal of any thickness. They are a bit more expensive than MIG welders, but require fewer extra materials, such as shielding gas, than MIG welders. If you plan on doing intricate welding projects, it might be worthwhile to invest in a TIG welder.
  • Stick welders are not very efficient, but they do not require any shielding gas, they're affordable, and they're sufficient for basic projects like fusing joints and alloys. If you're only planning to do some very basic, occasional welding, starting with a stick welder may be wise.

Talk to your instructor to determine which type of welder is best for you. He or she probably uses a specific type of welder and may prefer that you use the same type for ease of teaching.

Electrodes

The electrode is the apparatus through which the current travels in order to fuse together the two pieces of metal. There are many different types of electrodes, each of which is suited to a different type of welder. When you purchase your welder, ask the salesperson to recommend the electrode that works best with it.

Clamps

You will need a collection of clamps to hold your two pieces of metal together as you weld them. A lot of beginner welders do not buy nearly enough clamps, and then they find themselves having to run out to buy extras the first time they land a larger project. Save yourself some time and buy a complete set of clamps right now. Having about 10 - 15 clamps of various sizes is sufficient.

Welding Gloves

Never, ever attempt to weld in gloves that are not made specifically for welding. They may look the same on the outside, but they might not be made from the most heat-resistant leather, which may cause injuries. Deerskin gloves are often considered to be top-of-the-line in terms of welding gloves. Since your safety is at hand here, it's wise to go with deerskin for the extra protection it offers when compared to standard, full-grain leather.

Welding Helmet

The helmet does not just protect your face from sparks. It also protects your eyes from the light of the arc. Look for an auto-darkening helmet, which will allow you to see clearly when you're preparing to weld, but will then immediately darken when exposed to the UV light in the welding arc, protecting your eyes. If you purchase a helmet with a flip-down darkening visor, you'll have to remember to flip down the visor before you start welding -- and this can be a challenge for beginners who don't yet have a welding routine.

Leather Protective Clothing

A full set of leather protective clothing will prevent the sparks from damaging your skin. Some leather over-pants and a long-sleeve leather shirt or jacket are sufficient. Some welders prefer to wear bib overalls instead; this is just a matter of style preference.

When you have the items above in your arsenal, you're ready to begin welding safely. Talk with your instructor before your first lesson to see if there are any other items he or she recommends. You can find the welding supplies you need at a company like Northland Fastening Systems.


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