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Baker's Gas
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Baker's Gas and Welding Supplies
Interests: great customer service, golfing, boating, all things outdoor, and of course welding
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Whether you are a professional welder, hobbyist, or a novice welder, one of the most important aspects and elements of welding is protective gear. In particular, your welding helmet. The best personal protective equipment is even more important than the type of machine you are using. Your face and eyes are critical to not only your career or hobby, but your life. We’ll discuss some important factors to look at while purchasing a welding helmet, as well as some of our most popular welding helmets. The two most important aspects of a welding helmet are safety and comfort. The best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
With the school year rapidly approaching, new welding students are filing in all over the country. It helps to have some tips for these new welders or just freshen up on some old tips for seasoned pros. The Welding Process Basics When it comes to traditional welding techniques, there are three common methods. They are, metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), and finally stick welding. There are other methods of welding, such as plasma and even laser welding. However, in terms of processes for the beginning welder these three methods are the best to begin to learn how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
The much-awaited NEW Millermatic 211’s are here! One of the best selling Miller machines just got better. The new Millermatic has countless new features making it the ideal machine for hobbyist, farmers, and professional welders. NEW! Advanced Auto-Set Auto-Set eliminates guesswork and saves you time on setup. The Millermatic 211 now includes five different wire/gas combinations and .024-inch (0.6mm) wire capability. The easiest welder in the business just became not only easier to use, but even more versatile wire/gas combinations include Flux Cored, Mild Steel with C25, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum with spool gun Select the wire type being used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Tillman is one of the most renowned top manufacturers of high quality welding gloves and protective gear. They make the best-fitting gloves on the market today in a variety of product lines (Stick, TIG, MIG, Truefit, Drivers, and specialty). Tillman also offers clothing (high heat, high-vis etc.) blankets, accessories and much more. For the month of August, you can save 10% off all Tillman orders this month Work Gloves No matter what projects you may be working on, Tillman makes a glove for your needs. If you are cleaning or cutting metal, and don’t want to use your welding gloves.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Often in the supply industry we are asked what type of wire should be used for certain jobs. In general, terms the only requirement is the chemical make-up, which results in an equal to or higher tensile strength than the weaker of the base materials and the correct deposition materials. Some of us have used a Stainless steel electrode to weld mild steels before. This is not a recommended case since the chemical compositions do not mesh. The chromium from the stainless readily bonds with the carbon of the mild steel. This reaction is referred to as innergrannular corrosion. Innergrannular... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Purging is a term used when utilizing a gas on the backside of a weld. Generally to keep it from oxidizing, but in retrospect it is to keep the microstructure of the entire weld the same. An inert gas must be used to keep the materials from reacting. What gases are inert? The most common inert gases are Argon and Helium, followed by Neon, Krypton, Xenon. Argon is the most commonly used purging gas due to its low cost compared to the other gases that are as much as 1000X the cost. The best thing about Argon is it displaces... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
There are many things to consider when selecting the right welding process for the job. In most cases equipment is the limiting factor. Many times in the field you may only have a Stick welder, this limits you to one process. When it comes down to having all the right equipment at your disposal there are a few questions you must ask yourself. What kind of oxide layer, rust, paint, etc. does the material have on it? What size weld is required? What is the thickness and type of material being welded? How skilled is the operator? All these questions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Over the years we have heard many things about preheating steels before welding. Preheating pulls the moisture out of the material. Preheating burns the contaminants away. Preheating makes the material more ductile and reduces cracking. Preheating is only recommended not required. But how much of this is True? The first item “Preheating pulls moisture out of the material”, is false. Preheating with a flame actually causes a chemical reaction that generates water. Therefore the water on the surface of the material is actually generated by your preheating process. The water will dissipate when the material gets to a certain temperature... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Miller Electric has become the world’s largest manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment. Miller products are continually some of the top selling products at Baker’s Gas and Welding.During the month of July, you will be able to save 5% on all Miller Arc Armor Gear (excluding helmets).When you purchase a Miller helmet or machine, you will receive a pair of free Multi-Purpose gloves. Finally, every customer who purchases a Miller item will be eligible for our Friday weekly drawing for a Miller Performance Ready Pak, valued at $322.00. Millermatic 211 The Millermatic offers a wide range of features that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Welding symbols are essential to the function of weldments. Without proper welding symbols or correct interpretation, a weldment may not function correctly or could fail in the field. One of the most common mistakes is the difference between a welding symbol and a weld symbol. A weld symbol is solely the weld type (fillet, V-Groove, U-Groove, Etc) as seen below. A welding symbol contains the pertinent information on how, where, and what to weld. Welding Symbols The two most common weld symbols are the Fillet weld and Groove weld. These welds are used on Lap Joints, Tee Joints, Corner Joints,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
By Galen White, senior welding engineer, Hobart Brothers Company Aluminum offers numerous benefits — high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and high thermal and electrical conductivity — that make it one of the most specified materials in the welding industry today. However, welding with aluminum presents some unique challenges, including a tenacious oxide layer; vastly different chemistries between alloys; the need to use a less rigid filler metal; and the need for very clean base metal. Selecting the right type of filler metal, consumables and equipment, as well as quick troubleshooting, can help to mitigate these issues. To help minimize downtime... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
A common question for new welders is vertical up or down. Some may ask what that refers to. Vertical is the position of the weldment in respect to the welding axis and up and down is the progression of welding. Image Sources: WCWelding & WCWelding The choice of progression has multiple variables; welding process, electrode type, material type, and material thickness. When considering the welding process, typical processes that allow vertical down progression are SMAW and GMAW. DO NOT USE GTAW IN THE VERTICAL DOWN PROGRESSION! Electrodes have designations for positions. In the instance of SMAW, the 3rd or 4th... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
The cost of welding is often misconstrued. As a welding supply company we often have companies ask for the cheapest consumables and gas; however, the bulk of the cost does not lie in the consumables. Gas and filler materials are generally only 20-25% of the cost associated with welding. The bulk of the cost is generated from labor and overhead. In other words, how much it costs to keep the lights on in the building, truck on the road, capital equipment costs, and pay your employees. This is generally 50-75% of the cost associated with welding. There are multiple ways... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
On May 1st, Baker’s Gas and Welding Supplies will be kicking off Hypertherm Month. What that means is there will be promotions running throughout the month that feature Hypertherm products. There will be huge savings on all of the Powermax machines as well as many other incredible deals! Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR The Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR is the newest addition to an already incredible line of Hypertherm Plasma Cutters. It boasts a Professional-grade plasma system with a built in air compressor for high portability and easy metal cutting. Capable of plugging in to either 120V or 240V power, the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Inverter technology has changed the market on Tungsten for GTAW. This has opened industry to the use of multiple tungstens and sizes for different applications. When the original transformer power supplies were used the balance of positive to negative (cleaning & penetration) was at 50/50. This put a substantial amount of heat on the tungsten causing it to ball up, generally requiring a larger sized tungsten. To stop this from happening a pure tungsten was used and pre-balled to achieve a more stable weld pool, although it would often fall into the weld pool causing a void. Current inverters allow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
There are three main elements to distortion: Weld configuration, material selection, and heat input. Weld configuration can be explained as the weld type, fillet weld or groove weld, and the distance of the weld from the neutral axis of the part. Different materials have different reactions to heat, some materials distort more and some less. The last element, heat input, is the amount of heat generated by the welding process directly absorbed by the weldment. Weld Configuration When it comes to welding configurations, the easiest model to use is the double v-groove weld. From this model you can see that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
We've had over a year to watch welders pick up the Miller Multimatic 200 multi-process welder, and the reviews have been just about 100% positive. From hobby welders to small welding shops, welders of all skill sets and interests are finding these powerful, sturdy machines an excellent option that saves a bunch of money and space. Here’s an overview of what reviewers found most appealing about the Multimatic: A Mobile Multi-process Welder “I needed a mobile package that could service friends, family, and other community projects on the go.” Weighing in at 29 pounds, the Miller Multimatic 200 is truly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
If you live in the Pittsburgh area, have a gun, and want to learn how to weld, you can now trade that gun in for welding training as part of the Boilermakers Union latest job program. The program aims to keep guns off the street and to provide critical job training to individuals in need of work. Image Source: CBS Those who turned in guns during the first day of the program received an application and a date to show up for a drug test. Those with substance abuse issues can also receive drug and alcohol treatment through the union... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Baker’s Gas and Welding is featuring the top MIG welders in the industry lately, and if you’re in the market for a new MIG welder, now is the time to buy. Maybe you’re searching through welding forums, wondering if you’re ready to jump into the shop and strike an arc right away—provided you find the right MIG welder. Or, perhaps you’re a small contractor looking for a new all-in-one welder to take on the job site. Whoever you are, if you find yourself in need of a versatile, portable MIG welder, you’re in luck. For less than $1000 (with free... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Although the holidays are behind us, December isn't the only month of the year that brings occasion to give gifts. Birthdays, anniversaries and weddings call for gift giving year-round and are a great opportunity for you to use your welding skills to give your friends and family something that will be not only useful, but beautiful, personalized and sure to bring them joy for years to come. Image Source: Pinterest Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and help you create custom gifts that are sure to become focal pieces in the homes of those who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Experienced and inexperienced welders may find some of their best career opportunities by signing on with the military. While welders who join the army may run the risk of being in combat, there are many other options for welders who want to minimize their time in combat zones. Here’s a brief look at some options for welders in America’s armed forces. Image Source: AWS Welding Careers in the Armed Services Welders can find careers in any branch of the military, but depending on the branch of service and its particular needs, you can increase your chances of landing a desirable... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Automotive companies have long sought how to weld steel and aluminum together rather than relying on riveting and glue. Lightweight aluminum has long been ruled out as a partner for steel by engineers. However, Austrian welder Alois Leitner claims to have solved a riddle that could one day revolutionize the way cars are made. Image Source: WSJ Leitner, who works for Voestalpine AG, the third-largest steelmaker in Europe, says that the process is not yet ready for mass-production, even if it is successful in joining the two metals. According to an interview with the Wall Street Journal: “Voestalpine’s process is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
The Internet is awash with ideas for High School welding projects, but it’s trickier to seek out projects that will challenge and inspire your more advanced trade school students. You want projects that will cultivate your student’s creativity while ensuring that they expand their knowledge base and leave your program ready to tackle anything their career may throw at them. If you find yourself running stuck for fresh student projects take a look around your campus and see how your students can use their work to improve the feel and function of the school. Image Source: Scrappy Bike Project The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
If you’re getting started with TIG welding as a hobby or as a potential new welding career that could pay off in the long run, it’s good to develop a clear plan for practicing your welding technique. TIG welding is specialized and has a narrow margin of error, so you can’t practice enough! You could blow through a bunch of metal or leave a pile of cracked welds in your wake if you have tons of cash on hand. However, there are some simple and effective ways you can practice TIG welding effectively without spending your life savings on aluminum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips
Texas City high school student Gabe Simpson has to get around in a wheel chair all day at school because of muscular dystrophy, but that doesn’t stop him from getting his hands dirty in the school’s welding lab. Simpson was first turned on to welding by his grandfather, and the school provided several modifications to the shop to accommodate his wheelchair. Image Source: Houston Chronicle Even as Simpson has lost strength over the years, the welding class also passes along valuable lessons beyond the welding trade. Instructor Shawn Trader shares, "I want them to learn things like discipline, safety, being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Welding Resources and Tips