A chop saw is a pretty basic saw used for cutting metal pipe, tubing or flat stock, usually at 90 degrees but with 45 degree miter capability. They’re called chop saws because of the drop-down function that chops through the metal from top to bottom. They’re also sometimes known as cutoff saws.
MIG welders can be used for a range of projects including autobody work, hobby welding, maintaining equipment or a huge number of other things. MIG welding is often chosen as a preferred technique as it produces good quality welds, it’s easy to learn, and does not cost a lot of money.
The Hobart Handler 140 is the most popular Flux-cored/MIG welder manufactured by Hobart. It is a reliable choice for a range of auto body and household welding projects and is great value for money. It’s stood the test of time now, and there are plenty of welders who have relied on this for years without having any problems. The 140 is ready for welding right out of the box and includes a number of accessories including a spool of flux core wire, a 10 foot MIG gun, and a regulator with gas hose. You just need your safety equipment and gas cylinder and you’re ready to start MIG welding.
Once you’ve mastered your MIG skills, you’ll probably want to look at buying a TIG welder. TIG welding is one of the most skillful welding methods that will give you higher quality welds with a cleaner bead. It’s far superior for welding thinner metals and small welds.
To successfully use a TIG welder you need dexterity and patience. With so many TIG welders on the market, we’ve listed our favorite 6 AC/DC TIG welders at a range of different power outputs, to help you choose the best one for you.
April is National Welding Month. Every year since 1996 National Welding Month has been an opportunity to promote and celebrate the achievements of the welding industry. It’s also a crucial time to raise awareness of job opportunities for young people in an industry that is facing a shortage of hundreds of thousands of skilled welding professionals. We need to inspire new welders and keep the industries thriving that rely on them.
Oxy-fuel cutting kits are a great addition to your workshop. One piece of kit can give you the ability to cut steel, heat nuts and bolts, or braze copper pipe. These kits are all primary designed for oxy-acetylene, which is quicker at cutting than propane because they burn a lot hotter and is better suited for welding.
This guide goes through the best cutting torch kits on the market and explains the pros and cons of each with a full buyer’s guide below. Read More