Welding is never an easy task, and it can be daunting for someone who has never welded before. It is important for those starting to know just what welding supplies are required and how to use them, and experienced welders are always looking for some new tools to add to their supplies.
More costly but simpler to use is the MIG welder offering high quality, clean welds but more difficult to learn is the TIG welder. When choosing a welder, it is important to note what the voltage is, the settings for AC/DC, and for each project the duty cycle. For every project, the welder requires power and enough operating time on the duty cycle to complete the work. Depending on the type of project, it all relies on how portable tools are, the costs, and the kind of skills the welder has, depending on how long he has been welding and convenience in choosing between stick, MIG and TIG welders.
Specific electrodes are required for the main welding processes of which there are three. A consumable electrode is used with stick welding to melt easily, creating the weld joint. There are many choices of electrodes and among that are most often used is the E6010 electrode. So check online for welding supplies so you can make your choice, see the prices, and make inquiries if needed.
The MIG welder requires a consumable electrode wire that gets passed through the welding torch. To make sure you get the right thickness of wire, check the ranges of thickness since most are fine, but larger projects need thicker wires..
TIG welders require electrode types that are non-consumable and come in five different varieties. For most TIG welding applications, it is useful to have the ceriated and lanthanated electrodes and not to use the electrodes that are thoriated which give out radiation and require respirators when in use.
Clamps are of importance when it is necessary to keep a weld joint aligned. It is always better to have plenty of clamps, so that the welding project doesn’t have to be interrupted. Before the welding process the metal has to be prepared. For MIG and TIG welding angle grinders are required. The angle grinder is a portable tool. These grinder vary in watt power from 500 to 2500 depending on the size of the tool. Welders need an angle grinder that has enough power to sufficiently clean the metal before welding begins.
Safety gear for welding
In the welding process ultraviolet light rays get emitted. Due to the extreme brightness the cornea of the eye can get inflamed and might burn the retinas of the eyes. Therefore it is important to have a welding helmet with a dark faceplate to protect your eyes. Helmets also protect the face from flying sparks. Among the best helmets are ones with an auto-darkening feature so welders can work on their projects with both hands.
Top-grain leather is the best material for welding gloves as they offer hands protection from extreme heat. The highest heat is radiated by stick welding and needs stiff, heavy-duty gloves that have been manufactured to withstand high temperatures. Lighter and more flexible gloves can be used with TIG welding, which gives off the least heat. To protect welders from electric shocks grounding clamps are required. The best types are made with copper. They are most efficient when they maintain constant contact with the workpiece.
Doing welding work it is important to have clothing that is non-flammable. If welders do projects outdoors then long sleeved shirts are needed so there is no danger of sunburn on the arms. Some of the best choices are leather clothing such as long leather aprons.
Choose from the many brands of welding equipment available online.