Welding aluminum is much more challenging that welding steel due to the different characteristics of the metal. Aluminum is different to steel because it melts at around 1200 degrees but is coated with an oxide layer that melts at around 3700 degrees.
Different welding jobs require different welding processes. If you think you might work with all three main types of welding process, then a multiprocess welder is definitely worth the money. It will save you money as you get one machine to do three processes instead of three separate machines for three processes. They also use up much less space in your workshop, which is important if you only have a small workspace.
All the multiprocess welders listed can perform MIG, TIG and Stick.
Welding without wearing gloves is extremely dangerous. When you’re welding you’ll be working at extreme temperatures so you need to protect your hand from sparks, UV radiation, sharp edges, molten metal, electrical hazards, heat, flames and more.
Aside from your primary welding tools such as the welder and your safety equipment, there are lots of other small tools that will help you out when welding. To get the best results you’ll want to have tools that can help hold your metal in place while you weld, and mark the metal you’re using. If you’re creating slag you’ll also need tools to clean it up afterwards. Here’s our list of useful welding tools that will help you and are good to have around the workshop.