Purchasing any machinery for your company is a huge investment and one that could be the difference between success and failure. Choosing a welding machine is no different. Now, there are many articles and guides out-there that tell you how to choose a welding machine and what steps to take, but today we’re going to talk about the common mistakes that you should avoid making and why.
You don’t know what type of welding machine you’re looking for
When you are setting out to choose a welding machine, you really have to think about what type of machine is the best fit for your business as there are several different options: the MIG Welder (Gas Metal Arc Welder), the TIG Welder (Gas Tungsten Welder) and the Stick Welder (Shielded Metal Arc Welder) are just three of the options available. These machines have their own uses and purposes and to avoid a very costly error, you really must get to know these different types of machine and work out which one is best suited for you and your needs. So, don’t forget to do your research!
You forgot to look at the extra expenses
If you’re going to purchase a welding machine, don’t forget that there is the chance that there could be extra expenses. For example, with the TIG welders, you will have to buy a lot of add-on items like a power supply, welding cables, TIG torch, etc. This is perhaps not the option for those with a limited budget. If you have a budget, you may want to look into the MIG welder or a Stick welder. It is really important not to forget about the extra expenses as you do not want to purchase a more expensive welding machine and forget about the expensive add-ons that you must buy to accompany it!
You’re focusing on the bottom line
We all want to save money where it can be saved but skimping on the type of welder you purchase is not where you should start. In the long run, purchasing a cheaper welding machine could be detrimental to your business. Cheaper welders are not designed to handle tough weld jobs and if you purchase one, you risk them breaking or lacking the power needed to complete tough jobs. If you are looking for power and quality, you really must spend a little more. However, it could save you money long-term as you will not need to pay for repairs or shell out more money for another machine later on. When it comes to welding machines, you really get what you pay for.
You are looking for a used machine
This is another option that may be cheaper but is not very satisfactory in the long run! Although, it may be advisable to test the waters with a used model especially when you are making a long-term investment, picking the right machine the first-time round can save a lot of headaches (and cash). When you purchase a used welding machine, you risk it failing in the middle of a big job or it lacks the power to make two pieces of metal meet. To sum up, purchasing a used welding machine may help you to make ends meet in the short term but it is not a long term solution!
You’re scared to ask for help
When you are selecting a welding machine, even if this isn’t your first foray into choosing a machine, you must be able to ask for help. Each kind of welding machine has its limitations, its own purposes, its benefits, its drawbacks; each fits a different type of welding project, a different type of welding company and if you want to choose the one that will be the best fit for you, you should consult a professional. Don’t be scared to ask for help in order to make the right decision for you!