Tips for Choosing a Welding Machine
If you’re in the process of learning to weld and are almost finished with your training, you will soon need to decide which type of welding machine you will need once you begin your life as a professional welder. There are many different types and models available to choose from, the hardest part is choosing the one that is right for you and your welding needs; which is why we are offering some helpful tips to help you choose the right welding machine.
- The first thing you will need to do is determine what your primary welding needs are. Depending on the type of job you are presented with, your needs may vary. You should also consider the type and size of metal that you will be using. If your work requires that you weld thicker pieces of metal, you may need a larger, more powerful welding machine. If you are required to weld thinner pieces of metal, your welding machine needs will be easily accomplished by using a smaller less powerful machine.
- When considering which welding machine is best suited to your needs, you should also consider what type of power source you will use. You shouldn’t choose a welder that requires more power than you are able to provide. Look at different welding machines and the ways that they are powered; aside from electricity, welding machines can also be powered by gasoline and diesel. Each method of power has both advantages and disadvantages. If you select a welding machine that is gas powered, you will always need to have enough fuel to constantly power the machine, unlike an electrically powered model where you simply need to have access to an electrical source.
- If you’re just starting out, you may want to consider purchasing a used welder. While some people may prefer a brand new unit, not everyone can afford one when they’re starting out. When looking at used welders you will want to inspect it thoroughly and make sure that you choose a model that is still in great condition and will last for quite a while. As long as you continue to take care of your welding machine and properly maintain it, you should have no trouble using it for years to come.
Beginner welders are faced with a lot of decisions once they finish welding school and choosing a welding machine is just another one of those decisions. If you are unsure of what brand or model to choose, you may want to ask experienced welders which model and type they would recommend. Experienced welders have years of experience and they know which type will be the best model to help you start your welding career.
Welding Machines from Baker's Gas & Welding Supplies:
- Lincoln Electric Welding Machines
- Miller Electric Welding Machines
- ESAB Welding Machines
- Thermal Arc Welding Machines