Welders, workers who weld metal, require tools in addition to the welding equipment. A well-equipped welder has tools and accessories that provide for his safety as well as tools that hold the pieces in place during the welding process and provide for preparing the metal surfaces. A basic tool kit is often required by welders entering a vocational training program.
A welding helmet and gauntlet gloves are basic requirements for anyone doing any type of welding. The helmet should be adjustable to fit the head size with interchangeable lenses. In addition the welder should have safety glasses to wear during the preparation of the metal before the welding process. Advanced welders often include leather welder’s jackets, bib overalls and sleeves in their tool kit.
Metal Holding Tools
Pliers and vice grips of various sizes are used to hold or manipulate the metal being welded. Wrenches, screwdrivers and other general mechanical tools are often included in a welder’s tool kit. In addition, chipping hammers, wire brushes and files are often used to remove slag and other buildups on the welds. Welders working with acetylene torches often include tip cleaners for the acetylene cutting tips.
A wide variety of tools is used to prepare the metal for welding. Tape measures and soap stone markers are used to determine where the welds are made and mark the metal. Hack saws and files are used to cut and shape the metal by hand, or electric- or air-powered angle grinders can be used. Welders often maintain a variety of grinding wheels for use with various types of metals.
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