How to choose TIG welding gloves

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Most people don’t associate the word welder with an artist, but in the case of TIG welding, many skilled welders tell you that this is largely an art form.

TIG welding is one of the most difficult welding process methods to master, and its weld quality is good and stable, which requires highly skilled skills. When it is mastered correctly and skillfully, the result is an out-and-out artistic miracle.

Choosing a hand protection device for TIG welding is very tricky. TIG welders work at high temperatures and require high-temperature protection, but dexterity and touch sensitivity are the keys to obtaining high-quality welds. There is also TIG welding wire, which is very sharp and can easily pierce unprotected hand and skin. There are a variety of TIG welding gloves to choose from. The correct choice is to know which safety features are most important to you.

Here are five characteristics that are the keys to your choice of TIG welding gloves.

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First: touch sensitivity

Precision and usability are the marks of good TIG welding, which is why maintaining good touch sensitivity is essential.

In order to get the best touch sensitivity, please choose a glove that suits you, which can cover a wide range of activities. In terms of materials, leather is the most ideal because it can protect your hands from heat and is not easy to catch fire. Soft leather, such as pigskin or deerskin, is ideal for ensuring comfort and functionality.

Second: thickness

Although the heat generated by TIG welding may not be as strong as MIG welding or electrode arc welding, there is still a large amount of heat transferred to the hand. For many TIG welders, this is a problem: protective gloves must be thin enough to meet the dexterity required to perform the job, but thick enough to provide adequate heat protection.

Without adding unnecessary bulk, the best heat protection method is to find gloves with Kevlar lining. Kevlar is known for its ballistic resistance, and it is excellent at providing heat resistance without significantly increasing the volume of the glove. Adding Kevlar to the gloves can also increase the cutting resistance of the gloves, which is very useful when dealing with sharp metals.

Some high-performance TIG gloves have special pads on the palm to prevent the TIG welding wire from getting stuck in this position. These are usually the most expensive, but after the pain of a TIG wire piercing, it is worth the extra cost.

 

Third: scope of protection

Although TIG is a precision welding process that does not produce a lot of sparks like MIG and electrode arc welding, your arm is still in danger and you should consider protecting it.

The best arm protection is to wear fireproof sleeves and safety gloves. If you don’t have sleeves, choose gloves with hand cuffs, which can provide comprehensive protection beyond the wrist and a little further away.

Fourth: Life

The service life of different welding gloves varies greatly due to their quality and usage. Due to the inherent hazards in the welding process, such as high temperature, wear and sharp metal. Wear and tear can be expected, however, if you feel that your gloves wear out much faster than they should, it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of higher quality gloves.

What is a high-quality welding glove? First, look at the material. The best-performing welding gloves are usually made of wear-resistant and durable materials, such as goatskin. In addition, they have double stitches in key high-wear areas, including seams, (finger and thumb crotch).

All things considered, the cheapest pair on the shelf may actually be the most expensive, and you have to replace them often. Rather than just focus on the price, it is better to take a closer look at the structure of the glove and choose according to the craft. Choose gloves made of high-quality materials and you will not be disappointed.

Fifth: heat sensitivity

Your TIG gloves should protect you from several different heat threats,the most obvious is the heat exposure in the environment, but you should also be aware that wrong flames and hot metal handling can also cause harm.

A pair of high-quality leather gloves, with Kevlar or aramid lining, and a high heat resistance grade, is your best choice. But in order to achieve the ultimate thermal insulation effect, you can choose gloves that also use Kevlar lining. Only a few gloves provide Kevlar lining, but this is an extremely important feature. Even flame retardant gloves have a fire hazard if the thread used to sew them is flammable (like most threads).

Now that you know all the features, it’s time to go out and try your gloves! Gloves and sleeves can be replaced, but not hands and arms. No matter what kind of protection you choose, it must be worn correctly and consistently.


Post time: Dec-02-2020