Welding Gifts That’ll Make Christmas Awesome
Welders are not easy people to shop for, but you wouldn’t expect that people who fuse metal together for a living would be.Despite this, we love the welders in our lives and only want the best for them.
To help you on your mission to buy that perfect gift for your welder in Melbourne, we recently asked many of our welder friends and co-workers what they’d love to receive from their loved ones during the holidays. This list is a result of that research, and hopefully it’ll help you on your way to gifting bliss.
1. Welding Gear Bag With Helmet Catch By Revco
Welding is a gear-intensive disciple, what with all the protective gear and welding tools that are an essential part of the process. This welding gear bag by Revco is specially designed with compartments for all the welding accessories needed to get the job done, and best of all – a helmet catch that can fit most types of welding helmets.
The bag is very portable, and its backpack design makes it incredibly easy to carry, even fully loaded. It carries over 50lbs of stuff, with reinforced side pockets to stop breakages and a padded back for maximum comfort, so as long as you’re capable of carrying your welder by hand, you’re good to go.
Of course, bags like this aren’t just for welding gear. Especially a backpack design like this. It’s robust and hardy enough that you could use it for anything you’d use a normal bag for. In fact, with the solid construction and wealth of storage space, it might even be better than a normal bag.
2. Antra Darkening Welding/Grinding Helmet
If you care about the welder in your life, then you care about protecting their face. That’s not to say they aren’t capable of doing so themselves, but some welders definitely need a small “nudge” to get them to take welding safety seriously.
That’s where your thoughtful gift of the Antra AH7 welding helmet comes into play. Not only is this helmet not heavy on the wallet (or purse, if you’re the lady in his life), but it’s also feature-packed and an excellent piece of protective equipment. In fact, it’s one of our top picks for hobbyist or professional welders, so you know they’re getting the best.
The nice thing about the Antra is that it has the same amount of sensors you’d get on a higher quality helmet, with a generous viewing area and a fully adjustable headband for comfort. Battery powered, with solar power support, if anything ever goes wrong the visor instantly goes fully dark, protecting the eyes from any damage.
As an aside, they also come in a great range of designs that will stand out, so if you know the receiver of this gift has a bit of a wild side, this is a great way for them to show it off.
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3. Leather Welding Gloves (Extra Length) By US Forge
When there are sparks flying off of whatever you’re welding, hot drops of metal spattering the floor and every surface around you, and a glowing electrode arcing with electricity that’s hotter than the sun inches from your hand, it’s important to have a decent pair of gloves.
A lot of welding gloves only cover the hands, but these gloves by US Forge go the extra mile. 18 inches long, they not only protect the hand but the entire forearm too. Made of top-grain leather, they’re extremely tough, hard-wearing, heat-resistant, and the reinforced frictional areas and internal liner make them very comfortable and durable.
Don’t let their cheap price fool you – these are definitely heavy-duty gloves that should work for most welding needs. They’re definitely a great gift if your welder is in need of some top-notch welding gloves.
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4. Heat Resistant Leather Apron By IRONCAT
So you’ve got your mask, and you’ve got your gloves. That protects your head and your hands, and leaves, well, everything else. Whilst there’s a lot of options when it comes to welding jackets, we prefer the option of a leather welding smock or apron like this one.
Made of heat resistant leather and kevlar sown for strength, a good quality leather apron like this is tough as nails, easily standing up to the rigors of a busy workshop. Paired with a good set of gloves, any part of the body that might regularly be exposed when welding is protected whilst still leaving the arms free for much higher mobility and control.
There’s also a psychological component. Because it looks and feels so traditional, any man who puts it on can’t help but imagine himself as a badass old world blacksmith, working with his hands against the elements, and shaping the world to his will. It’s just cool.
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5. 4-Door Sliding Cabinet Welding Cart By GoPlus
Moving from place to place as you work can be hard enough, let alone when you have to move a machine with you that can weigh upwards of 80lbs. That’s why anyone working on a job appreciates the mobility and ease having a good welding cart brings.
With a rated weight of 100lbs, the GoPlus will hold almost any standard welder, including heavier MIG welders and plasma cutters. Robust construction and a solid set of wheels means it’ll take a bashing and come out of the other side without complaint, and it’s surprisingly easy to move, even fully loaded down.
The best part of this cart is the four built-in drawers at the bottom. The perfect size to take tools and accessories, they’re ideal for storing whatever rods, wires, torches or attachments you have, and slide open easily, giving you instant access when you need it most.
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6. 4-1/2 Inch Angle Grinder By Dewalt
Every welder needs a grinder. Whether he’s grinding down his beads after the fact to get a smooth, attractive finish, preparing metals before he welds or just stripping out rust and oxidization, and when the time comes you want a powerful, reliable tool in your bag to get the job done. The Dewalt gives you that power whenever you need it with the best power to weight ratio on the market. It’s 1.8 horsepower 11’000 RPM motor carves through anything with consistent performance, and it comes with a massive list of extras that make using it a dream.
Changing the grinding wheel is easy with the toolless quick change system, meaning you switch out wheels no matter where you are, and no matter what tools you have, or don’t have, to hand. It’s got a dust ejection system that keeps the systems clean by forcibly ejecting dust out of the working parts, and auto-off brushes that shut everything down when the brushes need replacing, so it’s impossible to keep working past the point where it would damage your grinder.
Compact and attractive, the Dewalt lives up to its name as the most powerful grinder on the market for its size and is just generally a great tool, no matter what you’re using it for.
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7. Portable Generator (4400 Watt) By DuroMax
You can’t always control what goes wrong, and sometimes things happen that take you to places where it’s very difficult, if not downright impossible to get mains power. When that happens, you need a generator.
At 3500 watts running power (4400-watt surges), this generator has enough oomph to run the vast majority of welders at anything up to 120V off of the twin inbuilt outlets, as well as easily running pretty much any other tool you can think of. Its gas tank holds 4 gallons, which translates to 8 hours of running time, and it has an auto shutoff when it gets low so it won’t stall out and damage anything. Two circuit breakers mean overloads aren’t ever going to be a problem. Plus it’s got an electric starter motor, which makes starting it up as easy as starting your car, no more yanking endlessly on drive cords.
Its steel roll cage makes it sturdy, and the included wheel kit means if you need to take it somewhere, it’s as simple as pushing it along. Hell, if you wanted to you could probably even rig a TV up to it and watch the game whilst you’re ‘working.’
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Remember, if you don’t know what to get someone, the best thing you can do is ask. Then, when they tell you what they want, you can come back here knowing exactly what you’re looking for, and exactly where to get it.
So there you go. Whether you’re buying for yourself or for that special someone in your life who loves their workshop almost as much as they love you, these unique gifts are perfect for any welder.