Multiprocess Welders and Cutters
You don't have to be a professional to enjoy using industrial tools. When it comes to welding supplies, there are many, but the main item is the welder itself. Since there is no single welding process suitable for all metals, a multiprocess welder gives you options and keeps you from having to buy more than one unit. Additionally, welding industrial supplies include soldering iron, helmet with face shield, and protective gloves.
What Are the Processes Associated with Welding?
- TGI - The process of TGI welding uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode. Welders like this process because it provides the most precise welds. It commonly works on copper alloys, aluminium and magnesium metals.
- MIG - One of the easier processes to learn, MIG uses an arc from an electrical current between the wire and the base metal.
- Stick - Stick welding uses an electric current that flows from a gap between the welding stick and metal. No matter which method you are using, it is essential to wear a welding helmet and protective clothing.
Which Size Welder Do You Need?
Before you decide a welder, you need to know, or at least have an understanding, of the type of metal you will be welding, the rated output, duty-cycle, and portability. Thicker and heavier metals require larger machines to produce the power you need to weld the metals together.
- Rated output - The rated output is the voltage and Amps produced for a given duty-cycle.
- Duty-cycle - How long you can weld depends on the duty-cycle. It is the number of minutes (out of a ten-minute period) an arc welder will operate at the maximum rated output. For example, a 60 percent duty-cycle at 300 Amps means that you can weld for six minutes at 300 Amps and then need to wait four minutes for the machine to cool with the fan running.
- Portability - If you only weld in one location, then portability is not an issue for you. However, if you have a larger garage and often need to move the welder from one location to another, consider one with wheels.