I've been trying to find a good video to help me learn to weld better.
This is the second video I've bought, and I thought I'd share my
impressions on it as well. This video is being sold on the web and at
Northern Tool stores. It is produced by Wall Mountain Company
and features Steve Bleile. This is one
of a series on cutting and welding put out by Wall Mountain, and this
one is focused on advanced arc welding.
The short review is that I highly recommend this video.
Now for the longer review. My background: I took a high school welding
course 26 years ago. It was about half gas welding and half arc
welding in the flat position. Last year I bought a welder and since
then have burned about 5 pounds of rod. So I consider myself to be a
What I was hoping for was something to show me proper technique to
produce quality welds in the various positions, which is exactly what
this video provides.
The production quality of the DVD is very high. Perhaps half the total
time in the video is very clear close-ups of welds being made. The
weld pool is shown as clearly as I think it is technically possible to
do. There are also a lot of sequences showing rod position and motion
for different positions and joints without welding taking place. In
addition, there are good quality graphics used to help explain points
and graphics superimposed on weld video to point out things to look out
for while welding. The DVD has a good menu system to allow you to
quickly get to a particular topic.
Information in this video is very concentrated. The narration is well
written, explains things very well, is to-the-point, and doesn't
contain any fluff. After watching a minute of explanation and
demonstration of how to do a particular joint in a particular position,
I feel like I need to stop the video and go practice for three hours
before going on. It's like trying to drink from a fire hose.
What I especially like is a discussion and demonstration of how weld
current, rod position, arc length and travel speed affect the weld. I
think this knowledge gives me a fighting chance of understanding how to
get the kind of weld I want. Fast freeze and filler rods are also
explained. The video then goes on to show how to make butt joint, lap
joint, tee joint and corner joint welds, each joint in each of the
different positions and usually with the technique for both fast freeze
and filler rods, and shows the techniques for multiple pass welds on
each joint. Joint prep is also covered, as well as hints throughout
for keeping your weld high quality. Like I said, it's like drinking
from a fire hose.
All the welds shown look like textbook examples. I come away from
watching this video with a lot of confidence that Steve knows exactly
what he's doing.
This is Wall Mountain's second arc welding video and you really need
to have some welding experience to benefit from it. I haven't seen
their first arc welding video, but if it's the same quality as this
one, I'm sure a beginner would do very well with it.
I can't really think of anywhere that this video misses. There is
some material on tacking and distortion. I'd like to see more on
these issues, but there's only so much you can cram into one video.
So, on the whole, this video did exactly what I wanted, and I highly
(Usual disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with Wall Mountain
- posted 16 years ago