Eastwood MIG Welder Accessories Buyers Guide
Everything That You Will Need For MIG Welding
Now that you've got yourself a MIG welder, or you're in the process of buying a MIG, you're all set to start welding together body panels and steel tubing, right? Wrong. There are a number of other MIG welding accessories that you will want in your shop for either performance or safety reasons. Let's go over some of the items you'll need for MIG welding and some items you may want that will help make the job easier. We want you to get the most out of your welder and are here to help you select the best products to do so.
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The items we recommend getting right away are a welding jacket, helmet, gloves and cart. These will help prevent both short-term and long-term injury that can occur from operating a welder. First and foremost, you'll need a welding helmet to protect your eyes and face. We favor an auto-dimming helmet, which has been the most popular style for years. This helmet will allow you to look through the lens as you prepare to weld rather than having to flip it down right before you strike an arc. An Extra Large View welding helmet is nice because it has a larger viewing area than most helmets, making it good for tight areas. We even offer a Panoramic helmet with an awesome 180-degree viewing area to see more of your project at once. Another great feature in many Eastwood welding helmets is True Color Technology. This makes the colors you see through the lens more realistic, which allows you to work with improved clarity, making them great helmets for MIG and TIG welding.
You'll also want a nice, comfortable set of welding gloves to protect your hands. We offer a few styles and thicknesses for different users. If you're doing a lot of continuous welding, you will probably want a thicker pair because there will likely be more heat. Thinner gloves are more flexible on the whole and should work just fine if your welder has a shorter duty cycle. Just grab the pair that meets your needs. In addition, you'll want a sturdy welding jacket to protect you and your clothes from sparks and bright light. Our jackets have a long-lasting treatment that makes them both flame- and mildew-resistant.
Finally, a welding cart will not only hold your welder and supplies, but it will also safely secure the gas bottle. Remember, the bottle must be secured. Never let your bottle stand free, as tips or falls could release the highly compressed gas inside. We offer a few styles of carts that will hold a welder and plasma cutter. Our Professional Welding Cart will hold two welders and two gas bottles, which is great if you have a MIG and TIG welder because you can keep them both on a single cart with the bottles for each secured and connected to the machines.
Extra Welding Parts & Tools
Now let's go over a few things you may want to have around when you're welding. A welder consumables kit is great because it will keep you welding when your contact tips wear out, which is going to happen over time because of the heat and friction. The same thing goes for a spool of wire - you don't want to run out of wire in a middle of a project. Plus, it's nice to have a couple sizes of wire on the cart depending on the thickness of metal you're welding. Grab yourself a few inside and outside lenses for your welding helmet so you can replace them when they get scratched or covered in welding spatter. If you're having trouble seeing when you're welding, you'll be surprised how much better your vision will get just by replacing the lens. A set of MIG pliers are great not only for cutting the wire to the exact stick out length - which is why they're offset about a quarter inch - but also for removing the nozzle and tips when they need to be replaced.
A welding blanket will protect areas where you're working, and you can also use them when plasma cutting. A MIG light is great for dark areas or if you're under a car where it's tough to see and get good light. If you need to remove dents from body panels, you can do so by adding a MIG stud welding kit to your machine. Finally, a helmet bag and welder cover will keep your supplies clean from dust and debris in your shop, which is really nice if you do a lot of other work like grinding, painting, powder coating or bodywork like sanding filler.
Expert Welding Supplies & Support
We hope this helped you with finding everything you need for MIG welding. And don't forget Eastwood offers many more items to make welding easier such as copper backers, stitch weld magnets, panel holding systems, weld thru primer and more. Eastwood has been a DIY leader since 1978 and has the MIG welding accessories you need for better, safer welds.