Whether you’re an experienced welder, a do-it-yourselfer, or somewhere in between, we can help you get the right welding machine for your needs.
Choose Your Heat
Welding machines produce heat hot enough to melt metal. Gas powered models use a flame to do the job, while electric options use a current along a flux-covered electrode.
The torch on gas welders can also be used to cut metals, making it a multi-purpose tool. They work best indoors or in not-windy conditions, while electric welders are portable and work in almost any weather.
Types of Welding Machines
You have three kinds of welders to choose from: stick, metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG).
Consider stick welders, also called arc welders, for general construction, home repair, maintenance and fabrication. This technology has been around the longest and works well in outdoor or windy conditions as well as on dirty or rusted materials. If you’re looking for a portable option, this is a good bet.
Easy to learn, MIG machines and the closely related flux corded welders are also good for general home repair and maintenance, and can be used for auto body repair. They’re good for do-it-yourselfers, but keep in mind they cannot be used outdoors.
TIG welding machines are the most affordable option and are typically used for precision work. They’re good all-purpose machines that offer the cleanest welds, but they are a challenge to learn. They are often used for artwork, fine aluminum and auto body work as and can be used to weld stainless steel.
If you’d like to learn more about welding, check out our basic welding demonstration video.