Bolster your Stick Welding Technique

There’s been a lot of talk this year about jobs and job security. As people consider career changes to industries that see more stability, welding education programs and hobbyists have been on the rise. We here at Sidney Lee Welding Supply celebrate the increased interest and like to do all we can to welcome new welders into our community! It can be intimidating to learn new techniques and skills, especially with such a large field, so we thought we’d provide some information for those who are just getting started.

TOOLS FOR STARTING OUT

First and foremost, let’s talk about the stick welder machine. This is an excellent place for beginners to start for so many reasons. Not only do stick welders come at very affordable prices in the range of all our Miller welding machines, but they are also reliable and portable. If you’re starting out by welding mainly steel and iron, you won’t miss the added versatility found in the newer technology of TIG and MIG welders. Furthermore, stick welders do an excellent job of manipulating and joining old, rusty iron and steel, where newer more advanced welders usually require a clean bond.

GAINING GROUND WITH NEW SKILLS

Building your skills? Start here. Stick welders are great tools to utilize when you begin practicing how to strike an arc. Just like softly striking a match, this motion should be gentle. It takes some time to get this right but don’t be discouraged; in no time at all, you’ll be creating molten pools and joining metals! Regardless of the materials or end use of what you’re welding, stick welders are a great tool to start with. As you develop your skills, it’s good to have a reliable, basic tool by your side as you learn to weld straight lines and get a feel for controlling your arc and puddle.