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: webenquiries@rapidwelding.com

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.

PPE  

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.

Consumables  

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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The Invertec 300 & 400TPX

by Rapid Welding 1. August 2013 15:08

We are very pleased to be able to bring to our customers the Invertec 300TPX & 400TPX from Lincoln Electric, two lightweight and robust units manufactured for use in even the most hazardous of working environments.

 

Main features include:

  • HF TIG Ignition
  • Lift TIG Ignition
  • 2 or 4 Step
  • Variable down Ssope & postflow control
  • Digital Preset Meter with Hold Function
  • Built in variable pulse
  • Light weight & portable
  • 10 Memory locations for personal weld settings
  • Carts available for easy trasportation of unit
  • Option to stick weld with variety of popular stick electrodes (inc. Cellulosic)
  • Changable into water cooled units (adding COOL ARC 21 & 46 water coolers)
  • Input Power 400/3/50/60
  • User friendly control panel layout

 

For more information on the Invertec 300 & 400 TPX, visit the Rapid store at: 

 http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/DisplayItem.aspx?c=K12060-1&zl=2

 http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/DisplayItem.aspx?c=K12043-1&zl=2

Or speak to Andy on: 44 (0)23 92 214 214 

Lincoln Electric:

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-gb/equipment/Pages/new-and-featured-equipment.aspx

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Lincoln Electric Speedtec 180c & 200c Multi Process Welder Range Available from Rapid NOW!

by Rapid Welding 5. March 2013 13:15

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Lincoln Electric's latest innovation, the new Speedtec 180C and 200C Multi Process Welder Range.

 

 

Speedtec 180C & 200C

 
The Speedtec 180C is the standard multi-process model that can be used for CV, MIG, FCAW, and CC Stick. It is equipped with all the essential functions, like step-less arc inductance for CV MIG ot HOT Start and Arc Force Stick Welding.
The Speedtec 200C represents the latest generation of advanced multi-process machines, combining CV MIG, FCAW, Synergic MIG, CC Stick, DC Lift TIG capabilities into a compact, lightweight and portable package.
 
It has a large, bright (adjustable) colour TFT User Interface allowing for easy viewing of welding parameters and easy access to other features and menu's. The screen uses simple and intuitive icons for instructions and commands rather than traditional text, making the Speedtec clear and easy to understand.

Speedtec 200C User Friendly Display
 
 
Other features include:
  • Power Factor Correction (PFC) - more welding power, energy and cost savings.
  • Superior Arc Performance - CV MIG: Infinitely Variable Voltage control, Wire Feed Speed & Inductance. Stick: Hot Start and Arc Force Control. TIG: Lift TIG avoids Tungsten Contamination.

 

Accessories are available with each machine. If you're unsure what comes with what, simply hover over the image of this cheeky little chap below - you'll find him next to each product on our website, to display the machine package contents. 

 
OFFER ALERT!
For a limited time only we are offering a FREE roll of Innershield NR-211 0.9mm and Lincoln SG2 0.8mm 5kg Mig spools worth over £100 with every multi-process ready to weld package.
 
 
Both models are now available from Rapid.
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