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What are the best tools for welding .

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Grant’s Answer


Hello Gabriella, where do you want to work as a welder so that I can help you get all set with the right tools and equipment?

Are you looking to be an apprentice? or to go self employed?

do you want to weld in construction/steel fixing, industrial, Marine/boat building or Energy sector such as wind farm tower construction ?

I have worked in heavy industry and construction as well as energy and boat building.

I can also help you learn more about non destructive testing, inspection, materials selection and testing, powder coating and painting as well as electroplating and galvanic protection and liquid and chemical fluid and powder transfer systems and characteristics, Earth/ground protection and ESD protection, pipe rolling/forming and bending, plasma cutting (wand and CNC) and spot welding, folding and stamping, fire safety and PPE as well as a few other bits and bobs relating to welding and cutting.

Common welding types today are MIG (Metal inert Gas) TIG(Tungsten inert Gas), Arc/stick welding, CO2 Bathed and Nitrogen bathed MIG (CNC) and underwater arc welding as well as ultrasonic welding and laser welding, oh and Thermite welding (used in railway track construction and repair where alloy powder is melted and forms crystal level bonds effectively re-casting either side of the effective pour, this is also referred to as Exothermic welding as it produces smelting heat)


G. Mark’s Answer


I'm sure there will be a lot of dissenting opinions out there. Arc welding, MIG, TIG, etc., etc., but my own preference is OxyAcetylene. I like it's versatility, simplicity, low cost, portability. The fact that you can use it for joining as well as cutting is a huge plus for me. I like the idea that you don't need a close power supply. Sure, you don't have a constant source of power as you do with electric methods, but if you're reasonably careful about running out of "exhaustibles" in the form of O2 and Acetylene, you've got a handy tool always at the ready. And it's therefore very portable as in something you can haul in the back of the truck. The accessibility of automatic and solar-powered eye protection is great, as with all methods, and they're getting cheaper all the time. A decent set of gloves is pretty easy to get. I've always been a bit of a klutz with respect to arc, and that may be a big influence on my preference. But the fact that you can do so much with O2/Acetylene is great. I got a decent torch set from Campbell/Hausfield for $125 on sale. And I think that's due to the fact that there are so many sources of this old tech. And used stuff -- due to its simplicity -- is easy to check for quality and reliability. Electric stuff, not so much.

Sophia’s Answer


Hello! I found a page that you would probably like to look through. It talks about useful equipment and tools that welders use. I hope this helps you get your answer!

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Sophia recommends the following next steps:

  • Find out what kinds of safety precautions welders take.
  • Look at specific tools for the welding job you're looking at.