Every welding workshop needs a constant supply of consumables and other welding supplies. Whether it is a hobbyist’s shed or a large industrial manufacturing firm, access to high-quality products is necessary for any work to be done.
For professionals, the rate at which welding supplies come in is an important factor as well. They cannot afford to wait for several days after placing an order. Depending on the urgency of their project, even hobbyists and amateurs can find long waits frustrating.
The brand name carries a lot of weight in welding supplies as well. While the consideration of cost may prompt professionals to switch manufacturers, competition has ensured that the difference in prices for most consumables is minimal.
Here is a small section of the welding supplies and some tips regarding their procurement.
• Electrodes: While hobbyists can do with general purpose electrodes, professionals need specific welding electors depending on the nature of the job. Common varieties include mild steel, hard facing, iron powder, stainless steel, cast iron, low hydrogen, etc. It is best to order them at least a few weeks ahead of time before a big project gets underway.
• MIG Wires: Some of the common varieties include Gasless MIG wire, aluminium, stainless steel, mild steel, etc. In addition to type, gauge and quality are also important considerations. It is best to order them in bulk, but be aware of the return policies in case you are shipped the wrong type.
• TIG Filler Rods: These can range from stainless steel and aluminium to zirconated or thoriated tungsten. Pay special attention to the gauge and type of tip when ordering.
• Brazing supplies: These need-based supplies are best ordered in smaller packs unless you focus on work that requires brazed joints.
Gases: Industrial cylinders best serve large workshops. A suitable contract with an industrial supplier or manufacturer will ensure a steady supply. Hobbyists and professionals who favour gasless welding may occasionally need some welding gas too. In such cases, disposable gas bottles may prove to be cheaper than the investment and rentals on industrial suppliers