MIG welding is a versatile and efficient way to weld metals like iron and steel. Whether you are a professional welder or a DIY enthusiast, MIG welding opens up a world of possibilities to take on advanced projects and complete them with a high level of finesse and efficiency.
MIG welding is one of the fastest welding methods that allows you to finish your job fast and with minimal downtime. MIG welding does require and organised setup, but the quality of the result is worth it. You will need to invest in a supply system for a shielding gas for best results which means a regulator and gas hoses. You may also require some way to cool the torch, particularly for extended use. Simple air cooling may not suffice for extended work. You can use a water cooled torch that uses an apparatus similar to a car radiator. Many of these methods can be rigged together with relatively cheap materials and some innovative workmanship. Once that is out of the way, there is still further scope to save on the actual welder. Here are a few ways to achieve that.
• Be Aware of Options: It is better to spend some time looking for the welder that you want to buy rather than purchasing one from the closest welding supplies store. A good way to do this is not just to visit several stores, but to search online welding material suppliers. Buying a MIG welder online opens up many possibilities. You have access to multiple brands – some may even be imported. Also, consider options like warranty and service networks into your price.
• Do Not Buy What You Do Not Need: This may seem obvious, but it is easy to fall for gimmicky features that may or may not provide value. Unless such features come within a reasonable increase in the cost, it may not be worth it. For instance, a panel with LED buttons provides no real advantages over manual dials and buttons. Aesthetics are not as important as functionality when it comes to saving money on a MIG welder.
Be Flexible: While pointless features are not worth spending money over, additional features that will actually help you in your work are worth considering. Features like Gas Flow and Wire Inch control built into a welder will save you the hassle of controlling knobs and valves manually, and could lead to savings in what you spend on shielding gas and wire down the line. Always set a budget before you do in for a purchase, but it should be the lower limit. Leave some leeway for features that can truly benefit you.