Welding is a trade that’s continued to evolve over the last several centuries. As the art has improved, so have the tools used to perform it. It was only 80 years ago that the first electric soldering rod was developed, and some of the most important safety equipment that we use has only been developed in the past few years. Modern welding requires very specific supplies to properly practice the craft. To create projects that will last, and keep yourself safe at the same time, you need to acquire quality welding products that will best compliment your work. Here, we give a brief rundown on some of the basics.
The welder you ultimately purchase will depend on the type of welding you choose to practice. The most common methods are MIG, TIG, and Stick welding. You most likely won’t find a welder that supports all three practices, though. As such, you’ll have to determine which method will work the best for your needs. Once you’ve determined what welder to use, you can select high quality rods and flux to accompany it.
A MIG welder is a machine that melts wire electrodes and attaches them to the base welder, which creates a sturdy end result.
A TIG welder utilizes an electrode that does not melt. These are generally used for welds that require cleanliness and precision.
A Stick welder is what’s often popular among beginners. A stick welder works by passing an electrical current through a welding rod that makes direct contact with the base metal, and it’s the least expensive option.
One of the most important aspects of welding is the safety equipment used, and you shouldn’t skimp on any of these items. It’s extremely important that you fully outfit yourself in protective gear before performing any work. Below, we list some items that are extremely important to have in your wardrobe:
- A welding helmet
- A jacket with long sleeves and that covers your neck
- An apron that reaches to your knees
- Leather boots
While there are a few things that depend on the type of welder you’ve chosen to purchase, many other pieces of equipment are necessary no matter what welding method you utilize. Listed are some supplies that many welders consider to be indispensable:
- Wire cutters
- An assortment of clamps
- A metal file
- An angle grinder
- Measuring tools
- A level