How to choose welding equipment?

Note: Make a list of the types of metal you will need to weld. This may be a variety of metals, from carbon steel to stainless
Make a list of the types of metal you will need to weld. This may be a variety of metals, from carbon steel to stainless, sheet metal or aluminum. Your list may even include other metals like copper, bronze or titanium.

List the thickness of the metals you need to weld. This determines the power requirements of the welding machine. Remember that the more power the machine has the higher the cost, so don’t overestimate your needs.

Research the types of welding equipment currently available. Consult with sales people at your local welding supply store.

Research the electrical requirements. Some welders run on 115 house current, others require 230 or higher voltage. You may need to have an electrician add additional power to run the welding equipment.

Choose welding equipment that has the greatness diversity if you will be performing different types of welding.

Tip

For simple steel welds that do not need a refined appearance, a simple stick welder will suffice. Stick welding can be done outdoors, in windy conditions, and on dirty, rusty metal, according to NorthernTool.

A MIG welder provides better control for thinner metals and allows more refined welds for a clean appearance.

TIG welding equipment gives the greatest control for highly-refined work and very thin metals with less distortion, according to Millwelds.

Spot welding equipment uses current alone to join metals only at small, specific points. It is generally used for tacking together thin pieces of sheet metal.

Search through used equipment ads for welding equipment. This is a good way to get the equipment you need at a good price.

For welding work where there is no electrical hook-up available, a gas-powered, engine-driven welding generator can supply the power.

Single-phase welding equipment can be used in homes and garages. Three-phase welding equipment is used for industrial applications.

Warning

Factor in protective welding equipment for your costs. Helmet, gloves, sleeves, goggles and fume extractors are required for safe welding practice.
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