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Popular Welding Tools and Equipment and Their Efficiency

Updated on December 29, 2015
Modern Welders and Welding Tools
Modern Welders and Welding Tools

The task of welding is used in variety of fields including manufacturing, shipbuilding and electronics. It essentially involves the process of combining or joining two separate materials like stainless steel, aluminum brass, polymer, plastic and steel.

As a welder at a well known manufacturing company, I have employed different types of welding tools and equipment each of which have their own unique benefits. I’ll review some of the best known types of welders and go over their benefits and advantages.

Bobcat Engine Driven Welding Generator
Bobcat Engine Driven Welding Generator

Welders with LPG Engine

The welders driven by LPG engine are capable of producing superior quality of welding for multiple processes. The LPG welder is a fuel efficient tool, and offers better economy with the help of an automatic engine idler. The type of welder is ideally suited for working with welding panels of stainless steel, protective frames coated with powder, laminations of E-coat primer, and so on.

4000 Watt Gas Engine Welder
4000 Watt Gas Engine Welder

Gas Engine Driven Welders

The gas engine welder is a completely fuel efficient welder that creates low levels of noise during the welding process. I personally find this welding tool to be exceptionally portable and lightweight which makes it versatile for on location jobs. It offers a smooth and excellent welding arc. This is an ideal tool for use in jobs requiring mobility like roof deck installations, construction sites, and the erection of structural steel.

MIG Wire Feeder Welder
MIG Wire Feeder Welder

MIG Welders

I have also had the opportunity to work with a range of MIG welders. These are basically metal inert gas welders that are come with benefits like flometer regulators, kits for drive roll, gas hoses, ground clamps, and cables. They are proficient tools in a diverse range of welding processes. MIG welders are ideally suited for applications of high amperage. They offer the outstanding characteristics of constant voltage and current processes. They are widely used in automated welding processes involving machines that hold the weldment structure in place and manipulate the position of that structure.

Most multipurpose welders are remote controlled.
Most multipurpose welders are remote controlled.

Multiprocess Welders

The multipurpose welders are capable of effectively handling multiple processes like TIG, MIG, Stick, flux cored and more. These welding tools and equipment offer excellent versatility for welders in a variety of different industrial applications. With their completely automatic features and remote control capabilities, they ensure excellent welding arcs during the entire process.

Tungsten Inert Gas Welder
Tungsten Inert Gas Welder

TIG Welders

TIG welders (also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welders – or GTAWs) are excellent when working stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys. TIG welding is generally considered a difficult type of welding to master and is quite a bit slower than other welding techniques. TIG welders require a constant current power supply and use non-consumable tungsten electrodes. The weld area is shielded from atmospheric contamination by the use of inert gases like argon or helium. and manipulate the position of that structure.

A Spool Gun Machine
A Spool Gun Machine

Spoolguns

Spoolguns are useful for working with soft alloys like aluminum. A spoolgun uses spools of aluminum wire which gets fed into the welder enabling you to work very quickly. Spoolguns are widely used in both heavy and light industrial applications. The most striking feature of this welder that I appreciate is its ability to access difficult to reach areas due to its compactness.

With such variety of welding tools and equipment, you can simplify your complex looking welding tasks appreciably. As for me, these have been an indispensible asset in my work. I hope that, you’ve learned a bit more about welding and have a better idea of which tools might suit you best.

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