Welcome to the 'How-to: Welding Class'
sessions on stick/SMAW welding! View this introduction HD video, follow the subsequent sessions, and improve your
stick welding skills. See the series of HD video welding sessions here at 4WD Mechanix
In this section of
the 'How-to: Welding Class', we focus on shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Commonly known as "stick
welding", SMAW is recognized by industry, pipeline contractors and various segments of the automotive
industry as an excellent method for fusing and joining metals.
View the HD video introduction to
stick welding on this page!
Stick welding can be affordable,
requiring less equipment than many other welding methods. In our series on welding processes, stick welding
provides a significant tool for 4WD shops and metal fabricators. Join the "class", free of charge, and
improve your stick/SMAW welding skills!
In the HD video
introduction, see details on SMAW equipment. Above is a professional grade electrode holder available for the
HTP America Invertig 221 machine. The Invertig 221 TIG and AC/DC stick welder delivers professional results with
far less electric current draw!
This HTP America
ground clamp offers exceptional features. Strong clamping force, a copper strap between the jaws, this high-grade
clamp assures even force and full ground continuity for predictable welding.
SMAW arc welding
equipment is not elaborate. Small tools are included in the HD video discussion. Keep electrodes dry, the shielding
flux must be chemically pure and free of oxidation.
One of your first
"projects" should be the construction of a quality welding bench. This bench will support considerable weight. It
offers perimeter shielding to keep hot metal and slag from setting the shop on fire! This is an important element
of any welding station.
A fire extinguisher
is a must. Make sure the certification is current, whether required or not. This older bottle has actually been
professionally cleaned, tested and refilled to meet standards. It has a current, time-stamped certificate
All gloves are not
the same! These new SMAW (arc) welding gloves are for stick welding. They offer heavier leather yet will permit
reasonable finger movement. Lined with Nomex™, the gloves are protective with their gauntlet cuffs and stout
ambient (shop air) temperature, "leathers" make sense. This full coat top has long sleeves and a high collar.
Leather protects against hot metal, molten slag and UV skin damage from the arc
When it comes to
helmets, cost and source are not as important as ANSI rating/approval. This relatively inexpensive helmet is ANSI
rated and features an automatic darkening system. Adjustable darkening takes place in 1/25,000th of a second,
protecting eyes from arc flash and UV rays.