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The voltage power, AC/DC settings, and duty cycle are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a welder. The welder will need both the power and a sufficient operating time (the duty cycle) in order to complete every project. Choosing between stick, MIG, and TIG welders is a matter of balancing cost, skill, portability, convenience, and the nature of the project. MIG welding is simple to use, but it is costly and not as portable as the simple stick welding process. TIG welding creates high quality, clean welds, but it is much more difficult to learn.
There are specific electrodes that match each of the three main welding processes. Stick welding uses a consumable electrode that is melted in order to create the weld joint. The E6010 electrode is one of the most popular electrodes, though the E6011, E6013, and E7018 are frequently listed by welders as excellent choices.
MIG welding uses a consumable electrode wire that is fed through the welding torch. Most projects use wire in the following range of thickness: .023, .030, .035, and .045, though a thicker wire may be needed for larger projects. TIG welders use non-consumable electrodes that come in five main varieties. Ceriated and lanthanated electrodes are both good choices for most TIG welding applications. Avoid thoriated electrodes since they emit radiation when used and require a respirator.
Clamps are a small part of the welding process, but they are critically important for keeping a weld joint lined up properly. If a workpiece shifts, the weld could be crooked and result in the loss of significant time if it has to be ground down and welded again. The more clamps, the better. Some welders have stopped in the middle of their projects in order to buy more clamps, which shows just how important clamps are for welding.
Angle grinders are critical for preparing metal prior to welding, especially for MIG and TIG welding. An angle grinder is a portable tool that has the arbor at 90 degrees in relation to the tool. Depending on their size, grinders vary from 500 to 2500 watts. Pick an angle grinder with enough power to clean the metal sufficiently prior to welding. Every welding project is different, so choosing a grinder with more power and durability can make a significant difference when planning for future projects.
Welding emits ultraviolet light rays that are generated by the electric arc. The extreme brightness generated by welding can cause inflammation of the cornea and burn the retinas of your eyes. Some people even go blind because they do not use the right welding equipment. Dark face plates are good for preventing exposure to the ultraviolet rays.
Welding helmets are a critical piece of equipment because they protect your face from sparks and your eyes from harmful rays. The best choice for a welding helmet is an auto-darkening helmet that allows welders to keep both hands on task without having to reach up to put on the darkening visor.