The Different Types of Welding and Their Applications

Welding is an integral part of most construction projects and while it can be classed as a skilled profession, many handymen are proficient welders. Some projects only require a few welds and rather than investing heavily in welding equipment, there are affordable hire outlets that have all the welding equipment you might need. You might only need the welding unit for an hour, which is no problem with your local plant hire outfit, who would stock a wide range of welding equipment that you can hire by the hour. It can be a costly exercise to acquire all the welding equipment you use, especially if you only need it occasionally, and by using a local welding equipment hire company, you can get the job done without spending a fortune.

MIG Welding

Metal Inert Gas, or MIG welding is a fast way to fuse metals together by passing an electrical current through the worked metal. Originally designed to weld aluminium, MIG welding soon became a popular way to weld steel, due to the fast speed the work can be carried out. If you need to do some MIG welding, but do not have the equipment, there are welding hire companies who have everything you need. If you are unsure as to which type of welding is most suitable, the local hire company would be able to advise on all aspects of welding and would also stock all the accessories you might require.



TIG Welding

Tungsten Inert Gas welding is typically used to weld stainless steel, aluminium, magnesium and copper alloys, and the process is more complicated than MIG welding, and therefore, slower. The process produces strong ultraviolet light, which the welder must be protected against, by wearing the right protective clothing. This type of welding is primarily used when the materials are thin and require a very strong weld, and with your local welding hire company, you can acquire everything you need (including the protective gear).

Stick Welding

Technically known as shielded metal arc welding, this is a very common way to fuse metals together by using a consumable electrode that lays the flux for the weld.
The different types of welding and their applications - stick welding

Primarily used in repairs, due to the simplicity of the equipment, stick welding is widely used to construct heavy steel and iron structures, and should you need to do some stick welding, there will be a local plant hire company where you can rent the necessary equipment for as long as you need it.

Flux Cored Arc Welding

This is a semi or fully automatic arc welding process that does not require a shielding gas, making it suitable for windy conditions. There is a flux core in the consumable electrode, which also contains other elements to facilitate the process, and this type of welding is ideal for steel structures. On the downside, this process can generate a lot of noxious smoke, making it difficult to see the weld pool.

Why Buy when you Can Rent?

Whatever the type of welding you need, there’s no need to invest heavily with equipment purchases, as you can rent everything you need for as long as you need it. All it takes to source a welding hire company is a Google search, and with top quality equipment and free advice, your project will soon be completed and ready for action. If you are at all unsure which type of welding is most suitable, talk to the welding hire company who have a wealth of experience and can recommend the best solution.