Three Things to Consider When Buying Stick A Welder

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A Stick welder are a great thing to have in your toolshed if you do some more complicated maintenance on your car or motorcycle fairly regularly. They are easy and fun to use, and they get the job done.

If you are on the lookout for a new stick welder, you’ll find that there are a lot of brands to choose from, such as Forney, Everlast, Amico and Hobart, and that prices can vary a lot – as well as other features. Here are three things to think about when you are choosing a stick welder:


There are two types of stick welders – inverters and transporters. Of the two, transporters are cheaper and generally have better longevity, however, inverters are more popular. The reason? Inverters weigh a lot less. You can be looking at 100lbs for a transporter stick welder, and a mere 20lbs for a good inverter. This may make no difference to you if you just want to set up your welder in a workshop and never move it, in which case a transporter will be the cheapest and most effective solution for you, but if you need any level of portability you’ll need to choose an inverter.

Safety Features

Welding is something that should only ever be done while strictly observing safety recommendations, and naturally, anything you buy to do the job will have been fully tested and be compliant with health and safety standards. That being said, some welders do come with additional safety features that make using the welder even less likely to lead to injury, such as an auto-shut-off feature that will stop the welder when it gets too hot. If you are looking for the best stick welder to use for your own jobs and aren’t really a trained professional, it may be that you’d like the reassurance of some extra safety features so that you can weld with even more confidence.

Duty Cycle

One of the stats you will see on any stick welder you might be considering buying is its duty cycle. This is how long the welder can be used for before it will need to be left to cool down and then used again. Essentially, this means how long you can work for uninterrupted when you are using it. Having a good idea of the types of jobs you want to use your new tool for will help you decide whether or not it is worth investing in a welder with a lengthier duty cycle. If you just plan to use it for hobbyist or DIY work where you don’t mind taking your time or switching to other tasks while the welder cools off, then a lower duty cycle may be worth it to save on cost.

Before opting for any stick welder, make sure you check out consumer reviews online so that you can get a good idea of the kind of quality and user experience each product can give to you.


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