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Getting Started with Buying Your First Welder When looking to buy your first welder, first identify the materials and types of welding projects you will be working on most of the time. Will you use it to sculpt metal? Perhaps you want to restore that old muscle car in your garage. Does the motorcycle you purchased years ago require some fabrication? Or maybe you need to do some basic repairs on some of your farm equipment. When you know what projects will take up the biggest percentage of your welding activity, it will be easier to determine the metal thickness you will be welding most of the time, and eventually, the right welder model to buy. Take note that plenty of these materials are made from combinations of two or more metals, which is great for reinforcing the tool’s strength and functionality. Being a first-timer, you must look into a lot of factors when before deciding on a welder to buy, and much of this is budget-related. The product you choose must be compatible with the specific functions you need, and the projects you plan to work on the most.
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Know your present goals for buying a welder and its potential uses later on. In short, is there a possibility you will need additional power and amperage in the future? On top of the cost of the welder itself, also consider that of the supplies and accessories necessary to use the tool. These may include gas, a helmet and a jacket, a pair of gloves, etc.
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As you check out different products, keep in mind of their varying amperage needs, including duty cycle and power requirements necessary to produce the most effective and economical results. But what is duty cycle exactly, you may ask? A way to classify the size of a welder is by the amperage it can generate at a particular “duty cycle. Duty cycle refers to the number of minutes that a welder can work within a 10-minute period. A particular welder, for example, can do 300 amps of welding output with a duty cycle of 60%. What this means is that it can weld continuously at 300 amps for six minutes, but it has to cool down for the remaining four minutes to avoid overheating. To check whether or not a machine can satisfy your DIY needs, take note that light industrial products generally have a rate output of 230 amps or lower and a duty cycle of 20%. Typically, industrial products will have a 40 to 60 % duty cycle and a 300 amps or less rated output. It’s never wise to buy anything without thinking the purchase through. Give yourself time to define what you need. Again, being a first-timer, you will likely have questions. Go ahead and find an expert you can consult.

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