Category Archives: Tips

How to Pick the Right Shielding Gas

When planning a welding job, from big to small, your choice of shielding gas can make or break the quality of your weld and ease of your work. The right shielding gas can make all the difference in the shape, transfer of heat, alloy content,

Does It Matter If You Push or Pull While Welding?

Some welders roll their eyes every time the push vs. pull debate comes up, while others have strong opinions that they believe they have been forged out of hard-earned experience. Should we debate pushing vs. pulling for welding? And if it’s worth discussing, then which is

Should You Buy a Brand Name Welder?

The top American welding brands, such as Lincoln and Miller, and the leading European brands, such as ESAB, are regularly the subjects of heated debates online as welders argue the merits of saving hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars compared to buying a brand name

Tungsten selection for AC applications

Inverter technology has changed the market on Tungsten for GTAW. This has opened industry to the use of multiple tungstens and sizes for different applications. When the original transformer power supplies were used the balance of positive to negative (cleaning & penetration) was at 50/50.

Elements of Distortion

There are three main elements to distortion: Weld configuration, material selection, and heat input. Weld configuration can be explained as the weld type, fillet weld or groove weld, and the distance of the weld from the neutral axis of the part. Different materials have different

Where to Find a Welding Job in America?

Where are all of the welding jobs these days? The short answer to that question would be in the middle of America and along the coasts. However, not every Midwestern state is experiencing a manufacturing or shale/oil boom. In addition, not every coastal city has

How to Beat the Slag in Stick Welding

Stick welding is the best welding process for beginning or advanced welders who need to make clean, strong welds on metal that isn’t clean or ideal for MIG welding. Stick welding provides plenty of power and sends imperfections in the weld to the top of

Maintenance Tips for a Welder-Generator

Today’s guest post is by Nate Jochman, Mechanical Engineer – Power Products Group for Miller Electric Mfg. Co. While many users of Bobcat and Trailblazer products enjoy Miller’s industry-leading product durability and reliability, regular engine maintenance of engine-driven welder generators helps keep these products running

Maintaining Plasma Cutting Systems and Compressed Air

Today’s guest post is by Tim Lux of Miller Electric. When issues arise in plasma cutting systems, many of them stem from problems with the air supply. Moisture in the air supply is the No. 1 cause of poor cut quality and shortened consumable life.

Tips for Special Aluminum TIG Welding Situations

TIG welding is an ideal welding process for aluminum since you have so much control over the heat and metal filler application. You can take your time or crank it up as needed without warping the aluminum or piling on unnecessary metal. The basics of