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Picking the Right Welding Equipment

Posted by Kimball Midwest on June 28, 2019

Tags: Safety, Welding, Quality Products, Best Tools for the Job

When it comes to welding equipment, choices of what you can buy or rent to get the job done are endless. Perhaps you have your machine in house and just need to fill up on gases and electrodes. Or maybe you are looking to get it all covered.

Of course, before any purchase, you’ll want to do your research. There are many avenues to go down in your research. The American Welding Society has oodles of information in its resources section, including a buyer’s guide.

Of course, at Kimball Midwest, we specialize in maintenance, repair and operations.

We stock everything from torches, electrodes, universal regulator kits and hose repair kits to safety equipment, including our very own Therma-Shield fire protectant.

So if you’re looking to get started, upgrade or even stock up on your supplies, we’ve got you covered:
Welding

Torches

You can’t weld without a torch. That’s about as plain and simple as it gets. Kimball Midwest offers a few torches, including the Maxx-Butane Torch, the Mini Pro-Torch and the Pro-Torch Professional.

The Maxx-Butane Torch has a specially optimized high-flow combustion chamber that produces a 2,500°F “blow torch” flame. It provides propane/MAPP gas heating power from standard butane fuel. It also has a hands-free design that has a sturdy base and a locking mechanism that allows the flame to remain lit.

The torch has a simple push-button start and adjustable flame in addition to being refillable.

The Mini Pro-Torch is as tough and durable as a mini torch can be. Both it and the Pro-Torch Professional have an automatic safety ignition with an adjustable flame (up to 2,400°F) and a 60-minute run time. They are both refillable.

Electrodes

With our Ultralloy and Duralloy kits, we have you covered on whatever you might need for your common arc welding tasks. They come in a variety of sizes and assortments.

Our Arc Welding Roll Pouch Kit organizes the most popular electrodes in an assortment that is easy to store and transport.

This particular assortment includes Ultralloy, Maxalloy, Castalloy, Alumalloy, Bronzalloy and Blastalloy, making it the best combination we have to make sure your needs are covered. All of them are made in the U.S.A.

And, of course, you’ll need an electrode holder as well. Make sure it has the proper capacity.

Magnets

Need a helping hand? Clearly, extra hands can be problematic when it comes to welding due to the heat.

But our magnets can do the job. We have powerful magnets that securely hold ferrous metals in 45°, 90°, 135° and 180° positions during assembly. The riveted steel frame and neodymium magnets provide a long life in demanding shop environments and they are ideal for sheet metal, pipe, welding, soldering and general assembly operations.

The 1-1/8" through hole on the 50-pound magnet provides a secure jig for rod, bar or other cylindrical parts during welding or assembly. They are sold in 25 and 75 pounds, as well.

Kits

We have two kits that can be helpful to those who weld, the Oxy/Acetylene Cutting and Welding Kit as well as the Welding Hose Repair Kit.

The Oxy/Acetylene Cutting Welding Kit includes components needed for oxygen and acetylene cutting, welding and brazing.

The kit includes a 540 oxygen regulator, a 510 acetylene regulator, a torch handle, cutting and welding tips, 20 feet of 3/16” twin hose with “B” fittings, goggles and a flint lighter. It also is compatible with Victor Equipment.

Our Welding Hose Repair Kit keeps you up and running when things go wrong and your hose stops working. The kit has 1/4” and 3/16” parts as well as a low-profile crimper to make repairs in confined areas. The kit decreases downtime and gets your equipment back in service quickly.

Safety equipment

When it comes to safety, what do you need? All of it. Don’t skimp; it could mean serious injury. Our assortment includes a flame-resistant jacket, sleeves, a beanie, precision TIG gloves, side split welding gloves and a pair of welding gloves with an aluminized liner.

And clearly you won’t even think of welding without a helmet. The auto-darkening welding helmetadjusts from a No. 9 to No. 13 while using the torch and automatically darkens the moment the arc is struck. The solar powered helmet darkens in less than half a second.

The mask also darkens to a No. 4 while grinding. The mask is lightweight (about 2 pounds) and will operate from 14°F to 158°F.

Welding Flashback Arrestors are a great product that prevent flashbacks during the welding process that could damage equipment and injure workers. The built-in check valve prevents flame from traveling back to the regulator or tank. They are made in the U.S.A.

Therma-Shield is a product that is highly important when it comes to safety. The gel spray can be applied to the material you are welding, and it reduces the transfer of heat through the metal. It protects the components surrounding the open flame.
 
Therma Shield protects O-ring on pipe weld

The thick gel formula sprays on and stays in place. It reduces or eliminates distortion of the metal caused by the heat of welding and prevents fire from occurring or spreading. The spray protects wiring, wood, paper, plastic, insulation, fabric, painted surfaces and other materials.

Abrasives

Of course, once your weld is complete, you have to finish that seam and make it smooth.

We have you covered there, with a whole host of blogs about abrasives. You can start right here.

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