Features of choosing a welding machine
I live in a good place, near the road, forest and lake, because on a well-deserved vacation, I don't want to sit idle and so I spend all my free time in the garage, building one homemade car, then another. Sometimes I need to weld a couple of pieces of metal, I use my old welding machine, on which the current is regulated by a spring made of nichrome. In General, it is not a super solution, but in General it is suitable for working at one time. But when you do something subtle that requires a perfect welding seam, then I have to go to my neighbor and ask him for a welding inverter.
So it was before, but now I have my own welding and I will tell you what I bought and how this welding machine made my life easier.
If you have a small production facility in your garage, then at least you need a welding machine. I can't even imagine what you can do at home without having a welding machine at hand.
At the market and in stores, the choice of welding equipment is great, it is important to understand why and for what type of tasks you buy this welding unit. There are welding machines of direct, and there are alternating current. I advise you to take DC, since the arc is more stable and less metal is scattered during welding.
I think the search for your only device should start with reading reviews of those devices. That you come across. Over time, you will decide for yourself what you need, which device will be able to implement your idea optimally correctly.
Types of welding machines are....
MMA - Manual Metal Arc -manual welding with a coated electrode
MIG / MAG - Metal Inert / Active Gas — welding with a wire electrode in a gas environment
TIG - Tungsten Inert Gas is an argon-arc manual welding. The electrode in this case is tungsten, and the additive melts.
I don't think I should tell you that the type of MMA is the most common, I also have this type of welding machine. This type of device is not large in size and is easy to operate. The welding inverter is one of the best solutions for home use. These devices will easily help you implement any of the solutions conceived in the economy. The only downside may be that you can't brew thin metal.
The time has passed when the welding machine was bulky, it had to be dragged on a cart, now most welding machines have a low weight and almost complete automation and maintenance of the selected welding mode.
As for me, I consider myself a novice welder and it was not difficult for me to learn how to cook with an inverter. I looked on YouTube how to cook the parts and began to try it myself and I did it. Now I can even weld a vertical seam, although probably the pros will have it much steeper, but the strength is probably the same as mine.
When choosing a welding machine, pay attention to whether it is a household device or a professional one. You should be interested in the rated current. What is the welding current ( AC or DC). What is the maximum diameter of the electrode can be used. What are the operating cycles of this device Circuit design, how everything works, on what principle and whose production. Don't buy China. Design can also be important and weight and configuration. In short, these are the points you need to pay attention to when choosing a welding machine for your garage.
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