Purchasing welding equipment is a substantial investment and it’s best to do your research before making this purchase. The equipment you buy will last for years to come so it’s important to consider the quality, life span, repair and labor costs that your particular welding equipment will require. Let’s take a look at these points in more detail.
Quality and Life Span
The quality of the welding equipment you purchase is of utmost importance! For example, when purchasing a welder look for trusted brands that have a history of excellence. Ideally, you want to analyze what the particular use of your machine is. Will you be welding for a hobby or profession? What type of welding will be performed (MIG, TIG, Stick)? It is also helpful to determine what amperage and voltage you will need before making your purchase. Research the best brands for your specific needs that are durable, with high safety standards. Handheld or spot welding machines have an estimated life span of around 10 years while MIG or TIG welders may have a longer life span, around 15 years. Another helpful tool to determine the quality of your welder would be to refer to a spec sheet, which will help examine how much continuous welding a machine can perform.
Another important thing to consider when purchasing welding equipment is the cost of repairs. If you are looking into purchasing an older welder, be aware that parts may be more expensive and harder to find. If looking for a new welder, many of the big name welding equipment brands offer warranties which may give you more peace of mind. The best way to preserve your machine is to make sure you are getting preventative maintenance checks. Oftentimes, this service will include cleaning and testing as well as fluid and filter changes. It is always best to get ahead of maintenance, rather than waiting until your machine is having problems. This will help prolong the life of your welding investment!
One source states that when thinking about your welding purchase, you must consider the cost of your labor. This means thinking about how the equipment will make your job quicker, require less downtime and minimize the chances of malfunctioning during a project. This may mean looking for newer equipment that has the most up to date features. For example, using a machine that has auto set may decrease the likelihood of using incorrect settings, which will save you time in the end. The old adage, “time is money” is quite true in this field!
In addition to the items listed above here are some other considerations before making your purchase.
- Think about whether your machine will need to be portable
- Keep in mind the duty cycle of the machine
- Consider the cost of accessories for your equipment as well as personal protective equipment
- Research where the machine is manufactured and whether replacement parts are shipped from nearby locations
Vern Lewis Welding Supply Offers the Highest Quality Welding Products
Whether you decide to purchase new or used equipment, we hope these tips have helped in your search for durable welding equipment that will stand the test of time. If you are in the market to buy high quality welding products, the experts at Vern Lewis Welding Supply are ready to help with any questions you may have. Contact any of our 8 locations today to speak with your local welding experts today!