Girth Welders: Are They Necessary?

28 December 2018
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Your welding shop may be growing and handling more projects and different types of projects. As your projects become more complex and varied, you may assess the need for additional welding machines and workstations. Girth welding machines—also called automatic tank girth machines or girth welders—can simplify difficult projects and could permit you to accept even more large-scale projects. However, girth welders are sometimes a costly investment. So, how can you feel confident about the need for such welders?

Your Projects Involve Large Metal Panels

Your employees might be working with small welding machines on different steel or aluminum projects. However, if your shop is now taking projects that involve metal sheets, some 10 or 20 feet long, work with small welding machines can be tedious and cumbersome. Girth welders can enable large panel welding so that workers can complete welds quickly. Existing projects will be finished faster, and if you have the opportunity to pick up similar projects, the girth welder will make easy work of them. Overall, your shop's profits should increase.

Your Projects Include Horizontal Welds

Horizontal welds, such as those needed on boat hulls and other objects, can be tiring with smaller machines. Tank girth welders save time because workers can leave objects in place as they work on them; traditionally parts might have to be dismantled so they could be placed in different positions for welding to be done. Girth welders permit faster horizontal welding and less strain on the shoulders and backs of workers. If you've been trying to expand your welding shop business into the marine or aeronautical industries where horizontal welds are often necessary, a girth welder could help.

Sufficient Training Is Possible

If the shop is so busy that solid girth welder training is not possible, you might hold off until that training is possible. Each employee handling the girth welder must do their part to preserve such an expensive machine. Even if they were trained elsewhere, you must have certainty that they are using the best techniques and methods. For example, girth welders should not be run continuously just because they are automatically powered; workers must know how long they can run the motor without overtaxing it. Employees must also know the optimal place for welder placement so that they don't make the work harder than it must be.

Girth welders and similar large machines are worth considering as your welding shop grows. Discuss this welding equipment with retailers and make informed, solid long-term decisions.