In order for you to have the most success with your arc welding operations, you need to choose the best welding supplies that will help you perform your job to perfection. When choosing your tip dresser, it is essential to consider many different factors including price, size and ergonomic design. There are many different tip dressers on the market and choosing one that will work for you will be dependent upon the type of work you are doing, the number of users and what you expect from your dresser.
The most common welding products you will find in a welding shop are the manual tip dressers, which are much easier to use and provide a level of convenience and comfort to their welder. Manual tip dressers are ideal for anyone who is comfortable working with their hands, has good hand/eye coordination and does not suffer from back problems or other physical impairments that may limit their ability to comfortably sit in a standing position for long periods of time. While an automatic tip dresser can sometimes be more convenient and be more user friendly because of its higher capacity battery, they do require more attention in order to properly function. If you have the money to invest in an automatic tip dresser, then go for it; it will save you time and money in the long run. Most automatic tip dressers will increase the quality of your overall arc performance, prolong weld life and also reduce welding workload by a significant amount.
Spot welders, which have a stainless steel body with a welded steel tip are another popular choice for a hand held tip dresser. Spot welders work by placing the electrode in a very precise location so that you can get a very tight, even weld. The electrodes are made out of a variety of materials including tungsten, pewter, brass and nickel alloys. Electrodes are placed over a piece of metal called a spot (the electrode does not touch the work surface). The spot is then heated so that the metal becomes liquefied and the tungsten wire touches the metal as it heats up. This allows the weld to be very precise as the exact temperature of the spot welding is needed to produce the best welds possible.
An additional advantage of using a spot dresser is that it reduces or eliminates manual rewinding. Manual rewinding causes overheating, which shortens the life of the welder and increases the risk of arc damage. Another advantage of using a tip dresser is that it allows you to easily weld different sizes of electrodes. You can weld any size of wire, but typically you would use a 10 ga. welding wire on one side and a smaller sized wire on the other. Depending on the application, you might want to have both types of wire on hand so that you can quickly weld two pieces of different diameters to produce both hot and cold joints. Tip dressers also make the process easy because they can help prevent slippage which reduces downtime for both the operator and the customer.
The most significant benefit of keeping moderate prices for complete customer satisfaction is ensuring that the welder remains highly efficient. One way in which you can ensure that you remain highly efficient is to always keep your equipment fully stocked. When the equipment is sitting on the shelf gathering dust, it is not making you any more efficient than you need to be! This is why so many companies make it their priority to always purchase new tip dressers, spares and accessories whenever possible.
If you are someone who is considering purchasing a tip dresser or other welding supplies but are not certain what to look for or where to buy them from, it can often be a daunting task. There are quite a few suppliers available online today and the challenge is to be able to find a provider who can provide high levels of customer satisfaction and at affordable prices. A number of specialist suppliers sell only specialist welding supplies and as such you may need to contact them via their website in order to discuss the best solution for your requirements before making a purchase. Most websites will allow you to browse through their products before making a purchase, however do check out their terms and conditions.