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. Updated Feb 11th 2020
If you’re a beginner welder or looking to buy your first welder, you’ll probably want something that’s inexpensive, easy to use, gets good results and doesn’t have loads of unnecessary features or power. We’ve selected our top welders for beginners based on this criteria. Last updated Feb 2nd 2020
The best welders for beginners are MIG welders that run off 120v power because they’re easy to use and you can run them off your standard household power source. We’ve also included the best stick welder for beginners and the best TIG welder for beginners in our top picks, in case you’re looking to branch out into one of those welding processes.
If you’re welding, then safety gear is of paramount important. One of the things that you NEED is a welding helmet to protect your eyes from the arc. The UV rays that are emitted from the arc can cause serious problems with your eyesight if you don’t wear a helmet.
We’ve listed our top 10 welding helmets on the market today at a range of prices. All of these welding helmets are auto-darkening, which are our favorite type of welding helmet. Auto-darkening means that the lens does not have a fix shade and you can keep it on for different welding processes. The sensors in the helmet will automatically increase or lower the shade of the lens depending on the welding process, so they’re much more versatile. We’ve also written a buyers guide to show you how we chose our top 10 which you can see below to help you choose the perfect welding helmet for you needs.
A MIG welder and gas cylinder are heavy pieces of equipment, often with a combined weight of over 100 lbs. The best way to securely keep these together in your workshop and have the ability to move them about is with a welding cart. A good welding cart will have enough room for all your equipment, be study and easy to maneuver. Below are our top picks and a buyers guide to help you choose the one that’s right for you.