Because most welding equipment finds its way into the rigors of fabrication and other "rough use" industries, aspects of routine maintenance are often postponed or even overlooked. This article is intended to provide a brief and practical overview of arc welding equipment maintenance and safety.
Aside from protecting your investment in welding equipment, perhaps the best argument for a program of ongoing and thorough maintenance is operator safety. This article covers the most common safety issues to be aware of, but does not cover all of them. Always read and follow the safety information in the operator's manual or contact the manufacturing company when in doubt.