General Welding Equipment
Aside from your torches and personal gear, there’s actually wide variety of welding equipment that’s used nowadays. The type of welding that has to be done and to what would the equipment be used for determines what exactly the welder needs. These pieces of equipment are being used in carrying out virtually any type of welding to which the welder think that their equipment is suited to that can include using specialized cutting tools, customized accessories and whatnot. As what said, it depends on what metal you’ll be working on with or the type of welding that should be done.
You may need to use a welding machine or some other accessories depending on the purpose it’s needed. So for example, if you’re working on major projects, there’s a chance that you need to use lift turntables or devices tables as well as heating devices or special fixtures. It seems obvious that a person who is doing welding as a hobby performing basic restoration projects or small repairs at home will be using a different set of equipment from one who does welding as their career profession. However, you need to be mindful about the fact that there are some equipment that has the same function but come in different form.
To give you an example, acetylene torch is being utilized in welding whether the person is making jewelry or using it in the field. On the other hand, the type of torch would be different but it provides the same function. Welding equipment includes torches but also safety equipment and gases and all this depends on the welding that the welder does. In comparison to someone who is using a plasma cutter, arc welding needs different set of equipment. Still in the end, both demand quality helmet that completely blocks the UV radiation and the sparks and penetrate the clothing, skin or eyes.
In creating spark needed in the torch, the electrodes and welding wire are both vital in any welder’s equipment. Depending on the process you’re doing and the welding gun, you’ll either make use of an electrode which goes into the gun and fed continuously for the whole process.
As you are considering the type of welding equipment to be bought, there are actually 4 options in the table that you can choose and it is whether to buy new or used, rent or lease it. For example that you are just a hobbyist and doing welding for simple welds, then renting or leasing the equipment you need for certain time will be smart but if you are doing this as your profession, then it totally makes sense to buy high quality equipment.