Whether you’re a welding hobbyist or work for a company that does a lot of welding as part of its manufacturing work, it’s important you always have the right tools for the job. Of course, if you pay a visit to a welding store in Phoenix, AZ, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices you have available to you, especially when it comes to welding machines.
Remember, the decision to buy a new welder is a big investment, and the choice you make could have a significant amount to do with how much money you’re able to save on your bottom line and on repair costs.
Some of the questions you’re going to want to ask before you purchase a brand new welder include:
- What kind of welding work will you be doing?
- If you’re a hobbyist, how serious are you about getting into this hobby? Do you have any experience already?
- Do you have a budget or set price range that you cannot deviate from?
- Are you willing to maintain the patience to learn complicated welding processes, or are you just looking to stick to easier, quicker techniques?
- Where will you primarily be doing your welding—in a shop or garage, or outside? Do you intend to travel with the welder?
- What kinds of materials do you hope to weld in your work?
- How often do you expect to use the welder? Do you see yourself doing more projects with the tool down the line?
- Are you capable of supporting 220V power?
What kind of welder are you?
Over the years, we’ve seen it all at our welding store—there are some people who have very narrow goals and are looking to purchase a welder for a specific project with very specific materials. There are also people who are looking at purchasing a piece of equipment that will open up a whole new world of opportunity to them in their DIY endeavors and hobbies.
If you’re hoping to work with a wider range of material with the welder, and want to be able to use the tool for a longer period of time, we generally recommend higher powered units, such as 175V to 251V MIG welders or 220V stick welders. Keep in mind, though, that the higher powered models will need a power supply capable of handling this level of voltage. That will add to the amount of money you can expect to pay for the tool.
If, however, you’re looking simply into welding thin, simple metals and do not want to have to spend too much time learning different techniques, you’ll usually be able to get away with using a MIG welder that’s between 110V and 115V. If, over the course of time, you decide you enjoy the hobby and want to increase your welding capabilities, you can always upgrade later.
For more information about choosing the right welding tools, we encourage you to contact Vern Lewis Welding Supply, Inc. or visit our welding store in Phoenix, AZ.
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