When you purchase a MIG welder, you need to have tools and accessories ready for you to do your work efficiently and more without hitches coming up due to lack of tools or accessories for spare parts.
You are supposed to have a stock of these components so that if anything goes wrong with the welding machine, you can quickly rectify the problem without rushing to the store or purchasing the parts online. This will save on time and extra costs.
Some of these tools and accessories which you need to have in handy include; welding helmet and goggles, gas, regulators, gauges and hoses, welding clamps, welding screen and frame, welding apron, welding wire, and spare tips for the different size wire you’ll use for the job.
Here’s a list of the basic tools you should have on hand at all times:
1. Welding helmet and goggles.
This is a type of headgear which is frequently put on during the welding process. It is a head accessory which is used to protect the head and neck from flash burns; the goggles are used to safeguard the eyes from the bright light and flash burns too. The welding goggles can also be used to protect the welder from retina burns which cause blindness. These two pieces of equipment are paramount, and they should be stocked in case one of them breaks down or gets lost for safety purposes.
It’s a good idea to have a pair of safety glasses on underneath your helmet because when you flip it up to inspect your welds and work with your machine and other tools, accidents always happen and if your eyes are not protected you may have to run to the emergency room. It’s not worth the risk.
This welding gas is accurately known as the shielding gas. It is purposefully used to prevent the weld pool from air contaminants such as oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. This is done because when the weld pool reacts with the air contaminants, it may cause problems such as holes in the material being welded or a lot of splatters which will make a mess during the welding.
This gas is important because it will shield the welding process from such problems; therefore, it should be stocked in case it gets depleted, you do not have to stop your welding to restock.
3. Welding regulators, gauges, and hoses.
This is a paramount tool that you need to have in store as a spare because anything can happen to the original one, for instance, the tube may burst or the gauge malfunctions. These tools are very useful because they regulate the amount of inert gas which is being released.
It ensures that the right amount of gas is being released primarily for the metal inert gas welding machines. The amount of gas is regulated depending on the type of material being welded.
4. Welding clamps.
The welding clamps are necessary for holding and positioning the metal pipe being welded in place. This task is almost impossible to achieve using the hands because during the welding process the metal will become too hot and may cause burns on the hand.
The hand may also become unstable at some point, and this may make room for errors. The clamp will ensure that there is a very low susceptibility to errors because it will hold the metal plates or rods steadily for welding.
5. Welding wire.
You’ll need a couple of spools of welding wire. This is of course crucial to getting started welding. The wire is what turns molten and is used to bind your metal together. You want at least one spool in addition to the one your put in your wire feed welder because if you run out and you don’t have any you have to run to the store or order it online and wait, which is annoying.
In addition to flame resistant long sleeve shirts, pants, and quality welding boots, you need a pair of gloves. Don’t get cheap here. You want a quality pair that will protect your hands as you weld, and can withstand quite a bit of heat because you are going to pick up you metal, forgetting that it’s hot as hell.
7. Mig Welding Pliers and Chipping Hammer.
You are going to screw up your welds and your wire is going to get stuck in your gun. The only tool that will help you with the welding tip and cutting the wire is a good pair of mig welding pliers. So get a pair.
If you mess up your welds and weld the material to the table or you just plain screw up, you’ll need to chip away at it or hammer it. A good chipping hammer is nice to have around for this, especially if you choose to stick weld or go with the flux core welding process because you you ran out of gas or you bought flux core wire instead of mig welding wire.
These are some (I repeat Some), of the tools and equipment which you should have in store before you start the mig welding process. They help save on time mostly, and if bought in bulk it saves on the cost too.