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Choosing the Right Welder for Your Job

Date: 12-10-2021

Alphaweld remains the supplier of choice for welding professionals across Australia and beyond by offering the highest-quality, cutting-edge welding equipment available anywhere on the market. Any new welding machine is a serious investment, and if you decide to buy one, you want to be sure it’s going to be up to the task. You might be tempted by the lower price tag of a second-hand arc welder for sale online, but there’s every chance that it will prove more trouble than it’s worth a few months down the track.

And it’s not just a question of quality, either. No matter how good your machine is, when it comes to welding processes, there is really no ‘one-size-fits-all’ option, and different welders are meant for use with different processes and types of materials. To that end, we’ve put together some tips for choosing the right welder for you.


Choose Quality

As we’ve mentioned, if you’re buying an industrial welder, you really don’t want to compromise on price. Experienced industrial welders will typically be well-aware of this, but it’s worth driving the point home if you’re a hobbyist or just starting out. Of course, you should look around and get the best deal you can, but a high-quality welder is a finely tuned, highly specialised piece of machinery, and the cost will correspond to that. If someone is offering one for a fraction of the regular price, you can be sure there’s a reason for it. Something else to consider is that buying a sub-par or faulty welder isn’t just an expensive inconvenience, it is also a safety hazard.

With all that said, how do you distinguish a high-quality welder from a poor one? Fortunately, online reviews and forums mean it’s never been easier to find first-hand advice on a given brand or model. There’s plenty of information out there, so we suggest you do your research.


Type of Welder

The two main types of welding are MIG and TIG welding. MIG stands for Metal Inert Gas, and this is probably the welding process that is the most straightforward and easiest to master, so best for beginners. 


MIG Welding

MIG welding uses a consumable wire electrode, and an electric arc generated by the welder jumps between the electrode and workpiece and creates a weld pool. For this type of welding, we recommend the Weldmax 225C Pulse MIG Welder, which has a maximum welding output of 200A and is suitable for use with aluminium, steel, and CrNi using single phase power. This is perfect for sheet metal workers, boat builders, and trailer fabricators.


TIG Welding

TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas, and the main difference between this and MIG welding is that it uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode which generates heat to melt the surface of the workpiece and form a weld. For TIG welding, we suggest the Weldmax 221 AC/DC VRD Tig Welder. Suitable for the applications mentioned above as well as tank and boiler making, this powerful, versatile welder offers superb welding qualities at incredible value.


Contact Alphaweld Today

At Alphaweld, our team of highly trained and experienced experts are always ready to assist. For more advice on choosing the right welder for you or for information on any of our products, contact us today on (08) 9456 8000 or email