It didn’t start with welding, or TIG welding; it started in 1965 with The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews:
The song soon became a holiday classic and has been recorded by many well known artists: The Supremes, Sarah Vaughn, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Anita Baker, Dave Brubeck, Barry Manilow, Bjork, and even more recently featured on the show GLEE…
And now Carmen Electrode wants to share her favorite (welding) things with you. These would be great gifts for that special welder in your life… or good to put on your list of favorite things in case anyone wants to buy you a gift that supports you in your welding life.
One of my favorite things these days is my Digital Elite Fury Auto Darkening Welding Helmet. It’s not the cheapest welding helmet you can find, but then again my eye protection is worth it! This welding helmet has precision digital control driven by four independent arc sensors and lithium batteries that will last for 3,000 hours! (You can check out all the technical specs over on the Arc-Zone.com website.) The other reason I like this helmet is its look. Yes, it’s pink, but it’s a strong, rich, dark pink that means business…. and the graphics are pretty hot too. Of course, if this is not for you, Arc-Zone has lots of top-of-the-line welding helmets to choose from, and this handy guide on Choosing Welding Helmets and Goggles (pdf).
Another accessory I really like is the remote amperage controls for welding far from your machine. I especially like the Hot Foot, it’s rugged and has a low profile design that is comfortable and allows for precision adjustments. So while my foot takes control of the amperage, I can better concentrate on my handwork to lay down nice beads.
You can hook up these pedals to your Miller, Lincoln, or ESAB machine, no problem.
Now if you’re really working where there is restricted access to your weld, you’ll want to take a look at my favorite, the tiniest of TIG torches, the Micro TIG. Air-cooled or water-cooled it is a great TIG welding torch to add to your tool box.