A gasoline powered welder is the best choice if money is your biggest consideration. A used welder (in my opinion makes a lot of sense if you find a garage queen. This article is not about brands, but in my opinion, I would stick with Lincoln or Miller for three reasons.
Let’s say an older diesel Pipeliner uses a gallon an hour in average use. At $4.00 a gallon, that’s $48 a day. The same welder running gasoline would probably consume about 1.5 gallons an hour under the same conditions. 1.5 X 12 = 18 gallons at say $3.75 = $67.50. The difference is about $20 a day. Let’s say you’re running it 300 days a year, so 300 X $20 = $6,000. AND let’s say you’re going to run this welder four years, so that’s $24,000 difference.
Setting your machine correctly is a rule that you should never deviate from. When it comes to welding pipe especially, it is an absolute must! Read more here requires setting your machine to weld in any position without changing any settings. For Stick and TIG welding, you could always change the heat a little with your arc length. For example, if you are welding on the bottom of the pipe and need more heat you could long arc a little more. This would increase the heat and spread out the weld better. The vertical areas could be short arced to drop the heat a little. In general, you want the welder to run on a setting that allows you to weld in any position without needing to change the amperage or voltage.
Some MIG welding exams use Flux core mig for the fill passes following the root is welded with bare wire MIG. E70S6 is applied for the root and E71-T1 is utilized for the flux core fill passes.
Once you have certified 6G, and then practiced enough to make the video described above, put that video on You Tube, and every social page you can. Put it on your website with your written resume. Get a simple to say (over the phone) and easy to remember URL.
Guess what? Some of these pipe welders are small contract firms consisting of a few pipe welders. When an oil rig breaks down, they go any hour and any weather to fix it because there’s that much money at stake. So what?
That’s a bummer (if you are a pipe welder or want to be one) because it will mean a lot of work for a lot of highly paid pipe welders. However, the best way to have a career is to plan it – the delay of a year will give you time to get ready to make bank on the pipeline.
Even after the welding activity has been performed, there are some finishing touches which must be taken into consideration. One should keep filing and brushing the finished product till the time all the stags are removed. To avoid any further mess, do all the starts and stops at one particular place. One should not chip around the hammer pecks all around. After everything is done, apply a little soapstone and then good power brushing which makes the welding shine brighter.