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Trail Welding Tips

Posted in How To on October 1, 2010
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You'll probably never save a pack of hungry orphans from a burning building or singlehandedly capture Osama Bin Laden. But chances are you can still be a big hero to some dude all busted down on the trail if you whip out your on-board welder and get his junk rolling down the path again.

Here at Jp we've welded on the trail with everything from multi-thousand dollar battery-powered wire-feed welders to a couple of batteries, some jumper cables, and three or four scrounged pairs of sunglasses. But no matter what the case, at the end of the day the guy who can trail weld is usually the dude wearing the big "S" on his shirt as he wipes the free beer bought for him with the tails of his red cape.

No matter how fancy your gear, it pays to practice at home until you're proficient. We suggest the "Learning To Weld" DVD from Premier Power Welder and Sidekick Off Road as a good learning tool for beginners. It covers a lot of the basics of stick welding, such as starting your arc, holding the rod at a 5-15-degree angle, and so on. Just remember some basic fire safety rules-check your ground cover, make sure there's no oil or gasoline near your workspace, and wear proper eye and face protection. Then buzz away.
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Premier Power Welder
Carbondale, CO 81623
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Chino, CA 91708
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