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Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby emperorkrog » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:01 pm

Because of the slow down in oil I'm going to need to get a ton of welding tickets. This is very time consuming and expensive since I'll need to practice at my hall which is almost an hour away.

I was wondering if there is some gear that would probably help me. I noticed there is some new helmet technology that helps you see the puddle etc. Is there gloves that are a better? Is there anything to help for stability when you have nothing to lean on? I saw something called the tig finger, is that good? I'm basically looking for any accessory that can help.
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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Farmwelding » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:23 pm

Welcome to the forum. Helmet and gloves are a personal thing. Don't go blow a bunch of money on a helmet unless you're sure you need all of the features. Tig fingers can be helpful to rest your hand on the workpiece to resist heat. If it's possible take a peice of plate and tack it on a test stand or something to prop your arm- only if you're allowed to. And get comfortable, take dry runs, and take extra metal to get your machine settings right before you even think about welding out your actual weld.
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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby emperorkrog » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:14 pm

Thank you for the reply I know a lot of stuff isn't needed, a good welder can do with out it and a lot of it is just personal preference. The things people suggest I will look them up and see if they will work for me.

Maybe there is a good file for prepping and cleaning lands, or there is a helmet that gives better optics and will auto change for grinding saving you some time during the test. Maybe there is a device that helps with getting the right root opening easier. Basically just anything that helps. All my welding gear is gone, I'm going to have to get everything new, helmet, gloves , glasses, files, grinders etc. So I want to make sure what I get will be high quality and might help with my test. If even one thing helps me pass my test the money saved would be a lot.
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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Coldman » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:36 pm

What processes are you looking at doing?


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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Coldman » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:37 pm

What is your vision like?


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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby emperorkrog » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:09 pm

Starting with my initial B which is 6" pipe, tig root, 7018 fill and cap.

I'm then getting my small bore
Stainless stick and tig
Inconel stick and tig
CWB 7018 all position

I have about 4 or 5 months to get as many as possible.

For my eyes last time I checked a few years ago it wasnt perfect but he said I did'nt need glasses.
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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Farmwelding » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:14 pm

For that test would then definitely reckoned a tig finger or two. Love Tillman gloves personally love my Miller digital infinity. Honestly with the x-mode you don't actually have to switch to grind mode for a quick grind job. Big fan of bsx jackets. If you buy a helmet run a lot of weld just putting beads down to set it right and see if you need cheater lenses. Big fan of dewalt grinders as well. Key thing with grinders for me is not to cheap out. I didn't even buy the cheap dewalt. I know in going to use it fairly heavily so I go with a bigger and stronger motor. Not a stainless expert or a tig expert either but play with tungsten types to find which you like best for arc quality.
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Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Coldman » Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:17 pm

An auto darkening helmet is definitely helpful learning, practicing and testing tig. Thereafter it is mostly restricted to bench work. If you are doing site work out of position a twenty dollar bucket helmet will be your go to friend.
You will need a couple of angle grinders five inch with thin light body you can operate with one hand with cutting discs wafer and 3/32" for gapping.
Grinding discs
Braided wire wheel for interpass cleaning
Flapper discs
Various clamps for pipes and flats
Half round file 12" or 14" second cut.
Gloves to your choice.
A couple or steel wedges
Wire brush
Pipe wrap
Ball pein hammer
Combination square
Tape measure
Engineers chalk
These are the basics.



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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Coldman » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:05 am

Definitely a tig finger


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Re: Good welding gear that can help you with a test?

Postby Boomer63 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:57 am

Get some gear without holes in it!
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