MIG welders shopping UK right now? Welding Supplies Direct are proud to be the sole UK distributor for Paton MIG welding machines. Paton are a Ukrainian manufacturer of high quality welding sets and were responsible for manufacturing the first welding machines in spaces in 1984. Paton have a wide range of MIG welders including the PSI range which are compact, lightweight and feature packed, the PSI 160 is priced very well and beats every other “close competition” machine on practically every technical spec and has bags more features, too. Ask our sales team for more details! Read even more details at MIG welders.
Whether you’re a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast and looking for a metal-cutting tool, this disc is a must-have. The cutting wheel is a great way to quickly cut through metal. With 52 wheels, you’ll always have one on hand. It is compatible with all 4-1/2 inch (115mm) angle grinders with 7/8 inch (22.2mm) arbor. The thickness of the wheel is 0.045 inch (1.2mm). You can operate this up to 13,300 RPM When it comes to precision and burr-free cutting, the Truswe Metal and Stainless Steel Cutting Wheel for Angle Grinder is tough to beat. This ultra-thin design delivers fast and accurate performance, with minimal material loss. The Metal Cutting Discs are made of aluminum oxide grains which are more safe than other wheel types. These discs should only be used when wearing all applicable safety gear because they can fly off the wheel and injure you if not careful. You should read the instructions before using this power tool. It is a heavy duty cutting disc that is fitted to any angle or side grinder. It will cut with ease through sheet metal, plastics, fiberglass, Plexiglas, ceramic tiles and even rubber.
This is a professional MIG welder by Lincoln Electric with brass-to-brass connections, solid metal wire drive and a 220v / 240 volt input. Every feature is of professional quality. The case is much thicker metal than the Chinese machines, the circuit board is enclosed and it uses stainless steel hinges. These details matter when you put food on the table with your welder. With a welding range between 30 and 180 amps, the Easy MIG 180 can weld on everything from thin sheet metal on a car grille all the way up to frame modifications on the same vehicle, including metal up to ½-inch thick. At 130 amps, the duty cycle is 30 percent, making it unlikely you’d ever reach the point for most jobs where the automatic thermal shutoff kicks in. The Easy MIG 180 comes with a Harris regulator and the gun has a 10-foot connection. Lincoln Electric has an arc-starting technology that’s almost completely spatter-free, giving you time to dial in just the right settings for the task at hand. Lincoln includes both gasless and MIG nozzles, backing the Easy MIG 180 with a 3-year warranty.
In many shops, the operator has to go to a tool room or supply area for a new contact tip, coil of wire or other welding accessory. This takes valuable time away from the welding cell and slows down overall productivity. To improve the operating efficiency and minimize wasted time, companies should stock at least a limited supply of all necessary items near the welding station – this includes shielding gas, flux and wire. Another helpful productivity enhancing tip is to switch to larger spools of wire such as from 25 lb. spools to 44 or 60 lb. spools to even larger packages of 1,000 lb. reels or 1,000 lb. drums. A simple switch like this means less changeover time, which adds up over the weeks, months and years. Shops should also be on the lookout for shielding gas waste. A simple device called a surge turbine can be placed at the end of the gun to provide a digital readout of the gas surge and flow rate. If the surge rate is high, investing in a surge guard can reduce the pressure, eliminating gas surges and waste. Leaks in the gas delivery system can also create a potential loss of money. By looking at the amount of consumables purchased each year and then examining the total gas purchased, a company can determine if there is a significant loss. Welding manufacturers and distributors should be able to provide average utilization figures so that loss can be detected. If there is a loss suspected, one of the easiest ways to check for leaks is to shut off the gas delivery system over the weekend. Check the level on Friday evening and then again on Monday morning to determine if gas was used while the system was in shut down mode.
How to pick a welder tips: Duty cycle: The advertised amperage of the machine offers a headline guide, but the duty cycle of the machine gives up the truth. Light industrial machine duty cycles can be as low as 20%, but more heavy duty MIG’s should range between 40-60%. If a 300amp MIG has 30% duty cycle for instance, it’s on the edge of acceptability. Duty cycle is determined by how many minutes out of 10, it can weld at 100%. Duty cycle testing: MIGS tested at 20 Degrees & 40 Degrees we consider good. (Beware any manufacturer who doesn’t quote an ambient temperature for testing) Manufacturer’s warranty: Always a great guide to quality. A three year warranty is good. Weld characteristics: Make sure the arc is smooth & suits your application. (Some machines are better suited at the low range and others at higher amperage range).
The weight of an angle grinder is important too – anything between 1.5 and 2.5 kg is acceptable for a 115 mm or 125 mm angle grinder. And don’t forget about accessories – budget angle grinders in particular are usually packaged with extra cutting or grinding wheels. I’ve tested out the best angle grinders, from high-tech cordless angle grinders to budget-friendly basic ones, so you don’t have to. Read on to see what I discovered… Makita is one of the most respected tool brands around, and the GA4530R is an excellent example of a professional-quality angle grinder. It’s easy to use, not too heavy and it’s built like a tank. There’s a good reason why builders and savvy DIYers across the world trust Makita. Their build quality and attention to detail are second to none. This angle grinder has a large rubberised rear grip and a tough power cable. I can see it lasting for a long time, even on a building site.
A few advices about welding equipment, MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters. MIG welders use a wire welding electrode on a spool that is fed automatically at a constant pre-selected speed. The arc, created by an electrical current between the base metal and the wire, melts the wire and joins it with the base, producing a high-strength weld with great appearance and little need for cleaning. MIG welding is clean, easy and can be used on thin or thicker plate metals. Similar to MIG welding, flux-cored arc welding (FCAW)* is a wire-feed process but differs in that self-shielded flux-cored welding does not require a shielding gas. Instead, flux-cored wire is used to shield the arc from contamination. This is a simple, efficient and effective welding approach, especially when welding outdoors, in windy conditions or on dirty materials. The process is widely used in construction because of its high welding speed and portability.
The X-Tractor from Lincoln has a “Mini” in it, which is self-explanatory. The machine isn’t as heavy-duty as most welding fume extractors, but no other device can beat the X-Tractor Mini in terms of portability. The X-Tractor Mini is compact and extremely lightweight. You can just pick it up and set it anywhere you like, from your garage to a store. But, the lighter weight doesn’t compromise efficiency. 2 Different Airflow Settings and 2.4 HP Motor This portable weld fume extractor comes with 2 different settings to choose the preferred airflow. The lower one will generate 95 cubic feet per minute, and the higher one will generate 108 cubic feet of airflow per minute. The amount of airflow seemed a little less to me, but you can’t expect more from a 2.4 HP motor. Besides, the size of the machine speaks for itself that it’s highly portable, which requires a bit of compromising on the power’s end.
This drill has a powerful 9 Amp motor, high-end 2-coil magnet, and compatible with ¾” diameter shank annular cutters. To start off, this drill is very proud of how easy it is to handle. It weighs a mere 26.5 pounds and it has a conveniently located handle, making uncomfortable drilling positions more bearable. It has a straightforward 2-button control panel that is also conveniently located and easy to use. Other perks that you get with this drill is a hard case and, depending on where you buy, you may also receive a kit containing German-made annular cutters. Like some of the other drills in this list, you can also fit the feeding handles on either side of the drill, depending on what is ergonomic and comfortable for you. This drill also has an easy to turn off feature to add an element of safety to your drilling. This button is big and easily accessible. This is a solid drill that is perfect for all handymen.
The story of ESAB is the story of welding. When our founder Oscar Kjellberg developed the world’s first coated welding electrode in 1904, he launched a company whose innovation and uncompromising standards have helped create the history of welding itself. For more than 100 years, ESAB has been powered by the will to continuously seek new and improved ways of serving our customers. This has made ESAB a world leader in welding products and advanced cutting systems. In 2012, ESAB was acquired by Colfax Corporation, one of the world’s leading diversified industrial manufacturing companies. Colfax, like ESAB, is a solidly customer-focused company that places strong emphasis on constant innovation and improvement. From the firsts by our founder to our global growth, we take pride in what we’ve accomplished in more than a century. But we do so with a keen eye on the future. What can we do better? It’s only when we seek to build upon all we’ve learned, to perfect the innovations our customers count on to work confidently, and push ourselves and our company further that we can boldly face the future. This is how we continue to write the history of welding and cutting. At the end of the day, it’s not where you’ve been that matters most – it’s where you’re going. And for us, that’s forward.
Welding Supplies Direct are the UK distributor for GPPH welding tables, manufactured to the highest standards in Europe. GPPH’s range of welding benches and tables are laser cut for precision and are used in every branch of industry. These welding tables offer perfect flatness (+/- 0.5MM) & are made from 15MM thick S355J2+N grade steel. Our modular welding benches come equipped with a hole system of all sides (tabletop & all sides); the holes are 28MM in diameter and have a chamfered edge for easy tool assembly. You have the option of standard legs or castors being fitted, too.
Forney have built a simple, mid range MIG welder that’s solid and reliable. It has some good power for the price but doesn’t have as good a duty cycle as the Hobart 190 or Lincoln 180. Forney aren’t one of the big three brands but this machine is still solidly built and I’d feel comfortable buying this. If you want a basic 220v welder without any special features, this is a good choice. Read the full review here.
Out of a huge product range of the Dirty Pro Tools, we have found a top-grade MIG welder that turned out to be so good that we have decided to add it to this shortlist. It is the tool for welding metalware of medium thickness with the output range from 50? to 60?, best for sheets up to 2 mm thick. In addition, a pretty powerful converter of this welder allows working for about 6 minutes at 50?. So, you’ll be able to weld thin pieces for a good while, and the fan will provide a decent cooling of the tool. However, when the MIG welder overheats, the red light will flash telling you to stop welding and make a pause. By the way, you can pick either of 4 available amperage settings and adjust the wire feeding speed for reliable and straight welds. We were pleased by the package that includes a face shield, a clipping hammer, a brush and a spool of welding wire, so you can start welding right after unpacking the unit. So, this Dirty Pro Tools welder is one of the most affordable models for people seeking a mid-power machine to weld fine metal sheets.
United Kingdom market choice: Like LOTOS Technology and LONGEVITY Inc, Everlast has a little over a decade in experience. It is a California company which was founded in 2004. The light and efficient Everlast welder has one of the best duty cycles on our list. With the most basic of designs, this Everlast power-mig welder is perfect for novices. Along with other welders with 4, 7, or 10 voltage settings, the Everlast has infinite settings for voltage and also wire speed, making it a customizable experience. The Everlast 140amp MIG welder can cut mild steel, stainless steel, as well as chrome-oly at a thickness of 3/16 inches. It can be used with both four-inch and eight-inch wire spools. It’s incredibly lightweight for the power it gives out.
Store the Cylinders Correctly: The cylinders should be stored in a dry, ventilated, and well-drained area, and away from ignitable and inflammable materials. Empty cylinders must be stored separately. OSHA also mandates the facility owners to store oxygen and fuel gas cylinders separately. The storage facilities should display proper warning signs for people regarding the dos and don’ts in the area where the cylinders are stacked. Always take care to store acetylene gas cylinders, as well as other compressed gas cylinders vertically. In addition to the above, the following should be practiced while handling the compressed gas cylinders. The cylinders feature tags, markings, or stencil marks for easy identification. Never deface or tamper these identification marks while using the cylinders.
If you know that your new machine comes with a 2-year warranty, it can take a lot of the stress off your shoulders if your device suddenly stops working. If you can’t find a MIG welder with an appropriate warranty and the right features, it’s often a good idea to choose something that has spare parts which are easy to find. Try not to buy anything that’s made outside of the UK. The price range may be more affordable but the parts would be harder to source. Look for a spool gun so you can weld aluminium. If you plan on using your home welder to weld aluminium, then you’ll need a standard spool gun. Aluminium can quickly become damaged and tangled with a typical welding wire feed spool, so a spool gun will ensure that you can get the best results from your DIY work. Find more details on here.