Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What equipment is used in welding?
A: Because there are so many different tasks that are covered by the umbrella term “welding,” there’s also a wide variety of what could be deemed “welding equipment.” The most basic equipment a person uses for welding would probably include a heat gun or torch, a welding helmet, welding gloves, and goggles. On our website, we’ve organized our welding equipment into the following categories: Oxy-Acetylene Gas Welding/Cutting, Heat Shrink Tubing, Heat Guns, Torches and Accessories, Welding Helmets and Goggles, Spot Weld Cutters, Mig Tig Stick and Spot Welders, Plasma Cutters, Welding Accessories, Welding Screens/Blankets, Brazing Heating & Soldering, Mig Wire and Consumables, Tips Nozzles & Accessories, and Welding Gloves.
Q: What are the 7 basic types of welding?
A: According to well-respected tech schools like Iowa Valley Community College District, New England Institute of Technology, and Lincoln Tech, there are four main types of welding. These types include: MIG - Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), TIG - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Stick - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), and Flux-Cored - Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW). Other websites also include Energy Beam Welding (EBW), Atomic Hydrogen Welding (AHW), Gas Tungsten-Arc Welding, and Plasma Arc Welding.
Q: What are welding machines?
A: Welding machines, also called heat guns or torches, produce enough heat to melt two materials--usually metals--together. Each type of welding is going to require a different welding machine, though. For example, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) uses a Stick Machine while Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) uses a MIG machine.