What Kind of Welding Supplies Do I Need?
SCI: What do you want new welders who are just starting out to know in regards to getting ‘geared up’ with welding supplies?
Christopher Kish (CK): Look for quality equipment rather than flashy. Some quality name brands to start with are DeWalt, Milwaukee, Radnor, and Lincoln Electric. Airgas is a great company to start with and SCI welding students receive a 10% discount with their student ID.
SCI: What top welding supplies does a welder need to have?
SCI: What options are there out there for new welders on a budget?
CK: Pawn shops are always great for beginner welders especially here in South Texas. Be careful with Craig’s List [as you do not know what will be legitimate.]
SCI: What is the benefit of going through a career training program like SCI in regards to welding supplies?
CK: Along with the discount to Airgas, students pay $250 for a toolkit with a value of around $300. SCI supplies students with welding consumables such as safety glasses, gloves, earplugs, face shields, grinding disks, welding rods etc.
Chris Kish’s Must-Have Welding Supply Checklist
- Welding Hood
- FR shirt
- Safety classes
- Welding Cap
- Rods or consumables (depends on process)
- Face Shield
- Welding Machine
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