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Welders and plasma cutters are vital for any auto body shop. You’ll need a good welder and plasma cutter from a quality manufacturer if you want to be able to handle all the jobs you’ll need to be able to handle. There are many fine manufacturers out there, We carry two of the biggest, Lincoln and Thermal Dynamics. You can’t go wrong with names like these.
So then it comes down to what type of welder to purchase. That will depend on the type of work you’re doing. For thicker material like frames, an affordable Arc Welder will get the job done just fine. It handles this type of work well, it is easy to master and can be quite affordable. For those more precise jobs where you need to handle thinner material, fine body work and such, you’ll want to use a Mig Welder. Mig welders are best for handling the thinner sheet metal jobs because they will cause less distortion, and you’ll get a cleaner weld. You have more control and precision giving you an end product that can be perfect once you’ve mastered the art.
Mig welding can be done with, or without shielding gas. If done with gas, you tend to get the finest results. When done without gas, you’ll need to get flux core welding wire, which provides the important ingredients to accomplish the proper weld. The end weld will be just as strong, but maybe not quite as pretty.
We bundle Plasma Cutters in with welders because they go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re performing body work, and fabricating, you’ll need a Plasma Cutter. Sure, the Oxy / Acetylene torch is fine for frame cuts, but for the thinner material, and where precision is required, nothing beats a good plasma cutter. Plasma cutters will provide you with the most perfect cuts, for when nothing else will suffice. We recommend a plasma cutter with an inverter instead of a transformer. The older transformer technology was fine in it’s day, but modern plasma cutters with state-of-the-art inverter technology offers better performance. It will run less hot, which means longer duty cycle, and greater longevity. It allows for a much smaller, lighter machine too, making it more portable.
We have been carrying Lincoln Electric welders for many years now, and everybody who knows anything about welders knows that Lincoln is one of the premier names in the welding industry. They have top quality components, the best features, a huge selection of models, and many different types of welders, including Mig Welders, Arc Welders, Tig Welders and Plasma Cutters.
TLC’s new show, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, which stars Paul Teutul Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs, will feature Lincoln welders. Lincoln Electric issponsor and exclusive welding partner of the new custom chopper shop of Paul Jr. (formerly of Orange County Choppers). They will be stocking the 7200 square foot shop in Newburgh, NY with brand new top-of-the-line welding equipment.
Plus, Lincoln Electric just launched a new website dedicated to Paul Jr. Designs – lecosponsors.squarespace.com. The site will have weekly updates on the Lincoln/Paul Jr. Designs partnership, the new show and other related news.
There is no disputing that a top name in the welding industry is Lincoln Electric. These guys are one of the premier names in the industry. They were actually founded in the 19th century. How many companies can claim that? And the beauty of it is that they still manufacture many items here in the USA. This is getting more and more scarce these days. They have state of the art manufacturing facilities and are one of the most reliable and innovative manufacturers that we carry. They also have service centers nationwide. A comforting thought to customers who have grown used to the unfortunate rise of the modern “throw-away” mentality of most companies today. You may also be interested to know that they even have some welding robots strategically placed in the new Iron Man 2 Movie.
While we don’t carry any welding robots, we do carry a wide variety of their Mig Welders. They have models ranging from small, lightweight 115 amp wire feed models for light duty work, all the way up to the heavy duty 255 amp model for thicker material. You can weld aluminum with the optional spool gun and with all the models packed with features, there’s virtually no job that you won’t be able to handle. We will cover more details in future posts about specific models and their features, so keep an eye out.