When investing in welding equipment in Phoenix, AZ, you need more than just a welder, a grinder and a plasma cutter. You also need all the equipment required to keep yourself fully safe while using these tools. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the equipment you need to have a safe workshop environment:
- Welding helmet: The first bit of welding equipment you need, besides the welder itself, is a good welding helmet. When you’re welding, the hot point of your welder creates a very bright light with enough ultraviolet light to damage your eyes (much like looking into the sun). You need a welding helmet with a visor that makes it safe to look at the weld, otherwise you’re either going to hurt your eyes or weld quite sloppily. Invest in a welding helmet that doubles as a grinding helmet. These helmets have transparent visors that automatically darken when you start to weld. This way your helmet can protect your eyes from the sparks and metal bits flung off when you grind and cut metal, as well as protect your eyes from the intense UV rays of the welder.
- Gloves: It should go without saying that you need work gloves. Burns from touching the metal weld too soon, by touching the metal you’re welding (which heats up during the weld) or by getting your hand directly into the path of the weld are far more common than you might think. Simply getting some good welding gloves—gloves that protect you from the heat, but don’t hinder your finger dexterity too much––can go a long way to keeping you safe as you weld.
- Boots: Good steel-toe work boots are a necessary part of your work gear, no matter what type of project you’re doing. Good boots will keep you grounded, too, making it less likely that you’ll accidentally take a shock from your welder.
- Cotton clothing: Synthetic fibers are extremely flammable, whereas cotton tends to burn in just one spot and then go out. Never wear polyester or nylon or similar synthetics while you weld. If they catch fire, they burn and melt simultaneously, which can quickly turn a small problem like an errant spark into a much larger problem, like third degree burns.
- Welding jacket, bib and apron: For small welds, you’re probably fine without more heavy-duty safety options like a welding bib or apron, but if you’re welding in an extremely cold climate, you might find that you’re too cold to do your welding dressed in nothing but cotton work clothes. This can be a problem, as most cold weather gear these days is made from synthetic fibers, as they have excellent water-resisting properties. If you’re in cold weather, a bib or apron can help keep you warm as well as protect you. Additionally, if you need a jacket, a leather jacket is the way to go. Leather is rugged, and does not burn or tear easily.
At Vern Lewis Welding Supply, Inc., we’ve got all the equipment you could possibly need to start welding today. We’ve been in business since 1969, and our experience really shows in our expertise. Come on down today and see for yourself. We can answer all of your questions and set you up with the welding equipment that works for you at the best possible price. That’s why we’re one of the most trusted providers of welding equipment in Phoenix, AZ.
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