Oxy Fuel Welding Continued - Which Welding Process Should I Try First? Part 2
Oxy Fuel Welding Follow Up To Part 1 Earlier This Week
Now, why is the Oxy fuel welding process so revered among old timers and veterans of the industry? Well, ask any of them, and they’ll sum it up by saying if you can oxy fuel weld, you can learn to weld anything and any other welding process comes naturally. As a welding process, Oxy fuel lowers the initial investment costs, provides superior reliability, and offers good portability. Yes, long term operation costs can be significant, but manageable. It is a slow process, not unlike TIG, but Oxy fuel offers the beginning welder excellent heat control and helps hone the basics skills like no other process. The paramount task of a new person trying his hand at welding for the first time is the task of puddle recognition. Oxy fuel welding offers excellent visibility through the flame, and all around the torch head so a puddle can be more easily recognized when it develops. Puddle recognition is an important skill which many people never truly learn as they slop down unfused metal just to keep up their welding speed on other processes. With the slender torch head designed for welding and brazing (not the cutting head), it’s easy to pick up the puddle as it goes through its color change stages, from dull cherry red to it’s brighter, more wet looking fusible state as the flame works its magic on the metal, penetrating down through the surface to achieve proper fusion. Being able to read the puddle is about 75% (my opinion) of learning to weld. This alone, in my book makes it a useful tool for the beginner wanting to learn welding.
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