Getting Started in Welding and Metal-Working

by Rapid Welding 1. May 2020 09:29

  Deciding to start out in the welding and metal working industry is a great choice of career path and a challenging, fun and addictive skill to learn as a hobby, too.

But what do you need to get started?

With so many products available on the market, we've cherry picked a handful of key items you might want to consider adding to your welding and metal working shopping list. All items are available from the Rapid Welding website, just follow the links for more detailed information and full specification. Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in person: Tel. 02392 214214 or Email:

Multi-Process Welder

Choosing your preferred welding method isn't easy when starting out, and unless you're looking for a process specific unit such as an AC/DC Tig welder or MIG welding machine, then a great all-round multi-process welder covers all bases. The beauty of multi-process is that it can operate several different welding styles from one unit, such as MIG, TIG, STICK or flux-core, meaning you can learn different types of welding without needing to invest in multiple welding machines.

Probably the best multi-process welder on the market and a sound investment is the Fronius TranSteel 2200cRobust, reliable and lightweight, the TransSteel 2200c is a compact, multiprocess-capable solution bringing together MMA, MIG/MAG and TIG in a single device. 

Rapid Welding stocks a wide range of welding machines from quality brands such as Lincoln Electric, Esab and Kemppi, for which we are approved suppliers. Top tip: When you view any welding machine on the Rapid Welding website, you can also click on 'buy parts' to see associated items such as wire, torches and contact tips relating to the specific machine.


Obviously protective gear is a must.

High on your list of priorities should be the best quality welding helmet your budget will allow. A great example would be the ever popular Optrel Crystal auto-darkening welding helmet, offering a practically unclouded and clear view of your working environment. The correct helmet should provide complete protection, from flying materials to blinding lights as well as being right for your chosen welding application. We understand that selecting a welding helmet comes down to many factors including personal preference, so to help you make your choice we have put together a useful Welding Helmet Guide, so you can make sure your safety is never compromised.  

As well as welding helmets, Rapid also offers a full complement of safety-wear and equipment. Consider purchasing a pair of quality welding gloves, such as our best selling Ultima Gold Tig Gauntlet or the Red/Gold Premium Gauntlet.

Safety glasses like the Esab Warrior clear UV safety specs are also a worthwhile and inexpensive addition to your kit. 

While we're on the subject of safety, it might be worth looking into appropriate fume extraction. The Plymovent PHV - Portable High Vacuum - Welding Fume Extractor is fully mobile and compact enough for small workshops, garages or confined spaces.


Most people have a grinder these days, it's just one of those things you pick up while shopping, isn't it? But what about consumables? We stock a large range of abrasive products such as the great value 3M Cubitron Fibre discs; perfect for stainless and available in any size to suit your grinder. In fact, we have a whole section dedicated to all things consumable related, including MIG and TIG wire, flux and rods.  

Welding Table

The Nomad economy welding table is engineered to provide a safe, transportable, affordable and versatile welding surface. Ideal for small workshops or garages, the Nomad can be set up wherever you're working so you can bring your table to your work, not your work to your table. This excellent value welding table is also height adjustable for comfort.

Learning Your Trade

Finally, you could consider purchasing some welding reading material. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced welder wishing to hone your skills, we have a great selection of books offering practical and comprehensive guides to welding projects, design ideas and day-to-day applications such as farm and workshop welding. 



Happy Shopping 

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Win a £100 Prize Bundle of Welding Supplies!

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 09:11

Win a £100 Prize Bundle of Welding Supplies!

As a big thank you to all our followers, Rapid is giving away an INCREDIBLE prize bundle of welding supplies worth £100 to one lucky person!

Simply help us get to 1K followers on Facebook and you could be in with a chance of winning.

The £100 Prize bundle includes:

·        Jackson Auto Darkening Helmet

·        Universal Stainless Hand Scratch Brush

·        Chipping Hammer

·        Nozzle Flow Tube

·        Multi-Purpose MIG Pliers Helper Tool

·        Magnetic Mig Torch Stand

·        Panther Pro TIG Glove

·        Rapid Travel Mug

·        Rapid T-Shirt

·        Rapid Beanie


The competition goes live on Monday 20th April, so make sure you head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE for your chance to win. All you have to do is ....

·        Follow our Facebook page

·        Like our competition post on Facebook

·        Tag two friends who you would share the prize with!

Good luck!


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COVID-19 Update: April 2020

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 09:08


COVID-19 Update: April 2020

As many of you will be aware, Rapid Welding is a Critical Supplier.

As a Critical Supplier under the UK MOD Programme, supporting key customers, we are still open for business, taking orders and offering advice & guidance in whatever way we can. We are proud to be able to do our bit to support the country during this difficult period, so please get in touch if you feel we can help you.

If you’d like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or call us on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.



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Meet the Team: James Edwards, Service Manager

by Rapid Welding 17. April 2020 08:57

Meet the team: James Edwards, Service Manager

Rapid’s Service Manager, James Edwards, has been with Rapid most of his working life having started with us aged 17. Sixteen years later, James has worked his way up from Trainee Service Engineer to his current role as Service Manager. As well as his ‘hands on’ role in servicing, maintenance and validations, James is also responsible for ensuring the Service Department teams’ training is up to date and current.

 James can be shy (he didn’t want his photo taken but we managed to persuade him into giving us a little action shot!). Also, a little known fact about James is his absolute fear of spiders! (After sixteen years with Rapid, James, you should know never to disclose things like that!) Surprised

James says, “although my job is pretty full on, I do enjoy the challenges our customers send to us. I work with a great bunch of people and we support each other, because that’s the ‘Rapid Way’”. 

You can find out more about James and our Service Department by clicking here.


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COVID-19 Update: March 2020

by Rapid Welding 17. March 2020 18:30


Rapid Welding: COVID-19 update 

Rapid Welding & RentArc will remain in operation to support our customers, partners, and employees. We are taking all necessary precautions; following health expert advice and abiding with global, national, state and local advisories and restrictions. We continue to closely monitor this pandemic, and we will let you know if anything changes.



Rapid Welding Celebrates 30 Years!

by Rapid Welding 17. March 2020 18:00

Rapid Welding celebrates 30 years!

In light of the current climate, let’s have some positive news and celebrate our 30th Birthday! 

Rapid started trading on April 1st 1990 - that's no April Fool joke, we promise! This means that on April 1st 2020 we are celebrating 30 years in business.

  Rapid wants to acknowledge this very special occasion with our customers and friends by offering some fantastic deals for each of the 30 days of April 2020. This may be a 30%* discount on an item, a consumables package at £30.00 or a special 30 item package. 

*30% discount is from manufacturer’s list price.

Watch out for our daily emails and purchase your own birthday treat!

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Meet the team: Sam Thomson, Account Assistant

by Rapid Welding 17. March 2020 17:47


Meet the team: Sam Thomson - Account Assistant


 Sam joined us early in 2019 when we increased our very busy Accounts Team.  With a background in travel sales and foreign exchange, Sam’s attention to detail was a brilliant fit for her new role. 

“I’ve worked for Rapid for a little over a year now, which has really flown by. Everyone is friendly & incredibly helpful (which has been a godsend considering this was a complete change of career for me!). I have learnt & continue to learn so much. When I’m not at Rapid I enjoy socialising with friends, nice dinners out ( I looooove food!), curling up with a good book or box set & spending time with my 6 cats.”


Our First Welding Warrior Winner of 2020 has been announced!

by Rapid Welding 6. March 2020 12:57

Our first Welding Warrior Winner of 2020 has been announced! 

The very deserved winner of a Rapid Welding beanie plus a whopping £60 worth of Marks & Spencer’s vouchers, courtesy of our generous competition sponsor, ULTRAMAG INSPECTION SERVICES, is ……….. Gary Tomkins!

Well done, Gary, and thank you to everyone who took part!

The Winning Entry


We'll be running our next Welding Warrior competition on the Rapid Welding Facebook page again soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.

ULTRAMAG Inspection Services have well over 40 years experience in non-destructive testing, welding procedure qualification, welder qualification and mechanical testing. They offer high quality inspection services to a broad range of industries.

For more information on their services, visit and follow @UltramagNDT on Twitter and LinkedIn.









Meet the Team – Pete Williams – Stores & Logistics Manager

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2020 20:06


Meet the Team – Pete Williams – Stores & Logistics Manager 


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Pete Williams, our new Stores & Logistics Manager.

Pete joined the Rapid team on the 27th January 2020. He brings a wealth of experience in stores and logistics management and we welcome his extensive familiarity with customs clearance for both import and export.   

Pete’s vast knowledge in freight and courier movements, particularly in Europe, will be of great benefit to both Rapid and our customers as we explore post-Brexit opportunities.   

Pete says, “I am excited to bring my knowledge and skills to Rapid Welding and use them to improve our customer’s overall experience.”  


Ultramag Sponsor Rapid’s Welding Warrior Competition

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2020 19:48


Ultramag Sponsor Rapid’s Welding Warrior Competition


We are excited to announce Ultramag as the new sponsor of our #WeldingWarrior competition.

Ultramag offers Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and allied inspection services to a broad range of industries. For more information on Ultramag’s services, you can visit their website here. 

Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more information on this month’s competition including details on how to enter and the prizes you could win if you’re picked as our #WeldingWarrior!


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