Welding isn’t limited to construction, automotive, or other skilled trades. Some consumers are getting into the hobby of welding for DIY projects around the home, as well as for artistic pursuits. One quick look at sites like Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/market/welded_art) showcas the talent of artistic welding craft and the possibilities of developing a lucrative business by developing this skill.
Retailers can help consumers interested in welding by guiding them through the process of choosing the best product to fit their needs. Additionally, sales associates can suggest add-on items that can provide user safety as well as make projects go more smoothly. For an idea of what consumers should look for when deciding what welder to get, check out (https://www.millerwelds.com/resources/article-library/buying-your-first-welder-a-practical-informative-guide-for-doityourselfers).
According to an article on hobby welding by Modern Welding (http://www.modernwelding.net/hobby-welding.shtml), the basic equipment required to begin hobby welding includes:
- A welder – There are a few different categories of welding processes, each with welders best suited to specific applications (like metal thickness and condition, skill of user, etc.). For example:
- Millermatic 125 Hobby (https://www.millerwelds.com/equipment/welders/mig-gmaw/millermatic-125-hobby#!/?product-options-title=millermatic-125-hobby-907692)
- Campbell Hausfeld 115V Stick Welder (http://www.cpocampbellhausfeld.com/campbell-hausfeld-ws0990-115v-stick-welder/cbhnws0990,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=campbell-hausfeld-welding)
- Lincoln Electric Precision Tig 225 (http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/equipment/Pages/product.aspx?product=K2533-2)
- Welding rods
- Welding helmet
- Heavy-duty welding gloves
- Clamps of varying sizes
- (Optional) Grinder