Welding like a Pro

Tips on how to make the most out of your torch & welder.

Welding is a process in which heat is applied to two separate objects to their melting point, so that they can be joined together. The easiest way to do so is of course by using a Torch to solder/weld, which come in a wide range of sizes and specifications in accordance to where the heat will be applied to.

The foremost factor that determines the outcome of your welding projects is the quality of your torch. For small DIY home projects or jewellery making, it makes sense to buy a relatively cheap and small LPG only torch. However, it’s best to keep in mind that basic torches usually mean that you are going on the lower end and give limited heat supply, which means it might be just enough to solder jewellery but not much else.

Another option is to use a welding machine this would either be the PUK5 argon welder that is used with Argon gas and electrodes and if perfect for a small to medium set up production line or a top of the range high precision Laser welder for strong welding with no solder, these work very quickly and are the perfect option for productivity and high production rates for any industry!

The best advice we can give at Cape Watch when purchasing a new torch is to get a quality and something you would use in 10 years’ time rather than have to make a cost upgrade. You can always turn down the heat for small items, but you can’t increase it when it’s too small.

Once you have the perfect welder that works for you, here are some other difficulties that you may encounter:

1. Cleaning Your Materials

It’s important to grind off any impurities on the weld joints. This is necessary to get a cleaner and stronger weld & join. Many people neglect this step in small joints such as jewellery soldering/welding, which can cause the final product to prematurely fall apart or having weak welds.

2. Being Patient

If done too quickly and concentrating on one spot, it could mean that it will become too hot for the material that you are working on and melt it.

3. Solder Pick Getting Stuck & Solder Not Flowing

This is a common occurrence that can be experienced by even the most experienced welders. It is usually caused by the temperature being too low and the problem can be easily remedied. Why not cut up a small solder block and flux on the material that you want to weld and have a test run to see what works best?

4. Wear Suitable Clothing

In essence, soldering could be risky business as you working with open flames at a high temperature. Therefore, it is always wear protective gear and have emergency first aid close by. Additionally, avoid wearing synthetic clothing as they will most likely melt right onto your skin if hit by a spark.

These are just some tips to help you get a better experience while using a Torch. If you have any questions with regards to any of the Torches & welders we stock, feel free to give us a call or visit our web page.