Welding

Welding-Display.jpgOur welding category includes MIG (wire) welding machines, ARC (stick) welding machines and plasma cutters. Our current selection is focused on the Do-it-Yourselfer (DIY) with a very slight overlap into the light industrial market. They are quality machines that serve the DIY market extremely well and have a very low (less than 2%) warranty return rate – which is considered world class. Our current MIG welders range from 95 to 180 Amps, our ARC welders range from 95 to 230 Amps, and our plasma cutter has a 12 Amp capacity.

We offer all the accessories that a DIYer would need to operate our MIG, ARC and plasma cutting machines. This includes contact tips, magnets, scribes, soap stone markers, carts, MIG wire pliers, cold galvanizing compound, electrode holders, tip dressers, ground clamps, etc.

We offer a wide selection of ARC welding electrodes, MIG wire, brazing rod, and TIG filler metal. This offering fulfills all DIY and most light industrial requirements for MIG, ARC, TIG, and brazing applications.

How does welding work?

Welding is simply taking two or more base metals and joining them together. They can be joined by various methods, but various forms of ARC welding are the most common. Sometimes a filler metals is used and sometimes welding is done without a filler metal.

What are the main types of ARC welding?

Stick (SMAW – Shielded Metal ARC Welding)

This is a flux coated metal rod where the rod and flux are melted into a puddle by the heat of the ARC. The flux provides shielding from the atmosphere and also helps deal with contaminants.

MIG (GMAW – Gas Metal ARC Welding)

This is a solid wire fed by a motor where a continuous ARC is made and the heat from the ARC melts the wire and forms a puddle. A shielding gas provides protection from the atmosphere.

Flux core (FCAW – Flux Core ARC Welding)

This is similar to MIG welding but the wire is a continuous wire tube with flux in the middle. The wire and flux melt and the flux provide the shielding from the atmosphere.

TIG (GTAW – Gas Tungsten ARC Welding)

This is significantly different where the ARC occurs between the base metal and tungsten electrode and filler metal is fed into the puddle by hand. A shielding gas provides protection from the atmosphere.

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