When you finally find the project that you really need a welder for, and you’re not a welding genius, you need to research what exactly you should be looking for in a welder. You’ve got lots of options when it comes to welding, starting with MIG and TIG — but then you have to watch the features on the model you purchase, to be sure you aren’t trying to use tissue paper when you need cardboard. Buyer’s guides can help, especially with no-nonsense . You can also check out our “getting started” post on welding.
Keep in mind that as useful and widespread as welding is, there’s probably a welder model designed specifically for your needs. If you need to weld in remote areas you can look into vehicle-mounted welders, while shop-based projects probably just need a standard plug-in variety. Likewise, if you only plan to weld one specific application over and over again you might choose differently than if you just end up running into projects that need a little welding. Then again, if it’s just occasional use, check your local equipment rental!
Let us know in comments if you have good advice on picking the right welder.
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