Sparks and can be a real problem when Welding
With your hands so close to whatever you’re working on, burning is a genuine risk. That’s why it’s so important to have a really protective pair of welding gloves, to keep your hands fresh and burn-free while you work. Here you’ll find ten of the best pairs that money can buy – and the best part is that they will all allow you to work safely and comfortably, while still allowing your hands and fingers to flex as usual.
1. Caiman 1878-5 21-Inch One Size Fits All Deerskin Welding Glove
This is the first pair of 21-inch long welding gloves to hit the market which has padding. As a result, you won’t find gloves that protect all the way up the forearm as these do anywhere else. As well as being comfortable, they’re super comfortable; they have been designed with a form-fitting shape and pre-curved fingers which are made to fit comfortably around the natural way of the hand.
Large patches and reinforcements give superior protection for the wrists and palms against heat, sparks and spatter, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself. To secure this protection, they have been made with a strap specially designed to stop the gloves from slipping down so you can rest assured that you’ll stay protected throughout the day.
Being thick and heavily insulated, these gloves aren’t well suited to work that involves small movements and fine detail. One other area in which they can also be a bit uncomfortable is welding that requires high temperatures because their thickness makes these gloves very hot and sweaty.
Furthermore, some wearers have reported that these gloves don’t always last the longest, so you should be prepared to buy a replacement pair in the relatively near future.
The extra long length of these gloves – as well as the protection that they give – make these some of the best gloves on the market. They’re worth every penny, but be prepared for sweaty hands and the possibility of replacing them relatively soon!
2. US Forge 403 18-Inch Extra Length Welding Gloves
Coming in at such a low price, you would expect the quality of these gloves to be subpar – not so! I found these gloves comfortable, durable, and flexible enough to use in most welding environments. The extra length help keeps sparks and slag off the forearms, and the deluxe lining offers better flexibility for long-term dexterity.
While the gloves are heat resistant, they’re definitely not the best option if you’ll be exposed to fire or extreme heat for long periods of time.
US Forge has come out with an excellent, cheap welding glove that can be used for most welding needs. Although the gloves are heat resistant, they should not be used near extreme heat or fire, as they can heat up rather quickly. Overall these are perfect welding gloves that would be a great addition to any welders accessory kit.
3. Miller 263343 Arc Armor MIG/Stick Welding Glove
Rather than being hot and sweaty like you’d expect, these gloves are surprisingly cool to wear. This is because they’re made with palms and backs that provide a double layer of insulation, which just gives even more protection than standard insulated gloves.
Suitable for MIG and light stick welding, they have been made by Miller – one of the most highly respected names within solder. The quality that’s synonymous with this brand is evident with the premium grade pigskin and cowhide which makes these gloves comfortable and practical.
These gloves have not been designed for TIG welding, so if you intend to use them for this purpose, then you will probably be left disappointed.
All things considered, these gloves offer great comfort and protection, both of which are impressive for the very reasonable price.
Key Industries That Require Steel Fabrication
Steel fabrication plays a vital role in many different industries. Steel is revered for its versatility, extremely high tensile strength and value. It is also the most eco-friendly option across the board, many sectors choosing it for its recyclable nature.
Any industry that deals with metal would benefit from steel fabrication, but there are a few sectors, both industrial and residential, that steel fabricators deal with every day.
From architects to the military, there are a wide variety of industries that require steel fabrication services – a true testament to the versatility and reliability that has made steel one of the most critical material we use today.
Steel fabricators deal with architects frequently. The versatility of steel lends itself for use in many different residential and commercial applications, and often it is the only choice for innovative designs and complex structural elements. More contemporary architects lean towards steel-focused interior finishes, keeping in line with modern aesthetics and trends. This includes decorative wall or ceiling work, steel staircases, ornate staircases, handrails and balustrades, gates and facades. Stainless steel is also popular in contemporary kitchen design.
Steel is also much sturdier, resilient and more eco-friendly than any other structural material and is the element of choice for builders across the world.
Structural Steel in Commercial Construction
Structural steel is the lifeblood of steel fabrication and the constriction industry. You will find it used in construction across some applications, favored because it has an excellent strength to weight ratio, it is malleable – meaning that it can be molded efficiently into many different shapes – and it joins easily.
Steel is the critical element to many different structures, from skyscrapers to buildings and many of the incredible structures we come across every day could not have been constructed without steel.
Structural steel is also highly regulated, meaning that the size, shape, composition, and integrity always meet a standard before use. A steel structure is also non-combustible, so it is fire resistant, non-corrosive and unyielding to the elements. You can rely on steel in construction.
Steel is highly favored in residential construction. Steel framed houses have some advantages over wooden ones.
Steel’s impressive strength to weight ratio allows it to span greater distances than structures made from wood, so you can get as creative as you like with your design and incorporate far more extensive and more open spaces.
The durability you get from steel will mean less chance of damage, none of those costly repairs wood frames are known for, and you will even save money on your home insurance. Investing in steel will also boost the value of your home which could be quite lucrative if you ever decide to sell. A steel-framed house will look better, last longer and provide you and your family with far greater protection than a wood mounted alternative.
Steel is closely linked with the mining industry. Aside from iron ore (one of the critical elements of steel) being a significant mining export across the world, structural steel is also vital to mining infrastructure. It is used across many different applications such as office and warehouse building, workshops and storage, structural elements of mines, walkways and loading facilities. Significant sections used in mining include rails, beams, and rods, plus smaller steel materials like grating, pipes, and fittings.
The shipbuilding industry heavily relies on steel as a significant element for construction, from supertankers to small ferries and some recreational boats. Major industry products include steel flooring and grating, ladders, some fabricated sections, steel sheets for hulls, stairs and conveyance tubing. It is used across ship repair and maintenance industries, as well as military sectors who require steel across a massive range of applications.
The transport industry contributes to about 16% of the global consumption of steel. A significant chunk of that is the automotive industry. Cars utilize steel for many different aspects of their composition, from safety reinforcements to structural elements. Modern vehicles require a higher quality of steel that is both lighter and stronger than your average fabricated steel. This is called Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) developed from refined chemical compositions and precise heating and cooling processes that result in a stable, pliable and lightweight metal.
While not all of these are applications that your average steel fabricator will come across every day, it is fascinating to see just how pervasive steel is in the modern world. If you are in need of quality steel fabrication contact Steel Fabrication Services today. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals will ensure that whatever you need will be fabricated to the highest standards, according to your specifications, and delivered when you want and need it.
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