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Thanks to recent advancements in the glove world, welding gloves are nothing like they used to be. These days, glove manufacturers have access to higher performing materials and better sewing patterns. But with so many welding gloves on the market, how do you choose the best welding gloves for your job?
These are the five questions you should ask yourself when choosing the best welding gloves.
This is the number one question to ask yourself when choosing the best welding gloves. The three most common variations of welding are:
Each style of welding requires varying degrees of dexterity and heat protection. The dangers of choosing the wrong glove is that you either have too much heat protection or not enough heat protection; either way, you won’t be able to properly complete your job. Below we highlight key differences and the options for the best welding gloves.
Although TIG welding produces the lowest amount of heat, it also requires the best touch sensitivity. We recommend that you choose a goatskin welding glove with a keystone thumb for TIG welding projects. Out of all of the different types of leather, goatskin offers the best combination of dexterity and durability. The 398GLGB TIG welding glove provides great tactile feel and it’s flame resistant.
Expert tip: A good test to check dexterity when choosing a TIG welding glove is to see if you can comfortably hold a pencil. If you can’t, you need to find a different glove.
MIG welders prefer certain types of leather because MIG welding produces a lot of heat and sparks. The two best types of leather for MIG welding is:
A great example of a cow MIG welding glove is the 505KGWS. It uses side-split cowhide for excellent abrasion resistance and the seams are stitched with Kevlar® for added integrity.
Stick welding produces the highest heat and most splatter of the three types of welding. When it comes to finding the best gloves for stick welding, your best bet is a heavyweight cowhide leather glove with a really good lining – like our 505RB style.
If you’re going to be doing TIG or MIG welding, we suggest choosing goat grain gloves. When it comes to durability and touch sensitivity, goatskin offers the best of both worlds. It’s kind of like the Goldilocks of welding gloves, if you will: it’s not too thin (like sheep skin), and not too thick (like cowgrain). It’s just right.
However, if you’re going to be stick welding, go with a lined cowgrain glove. Trust us: you won’t regret it.
Thisis a pretty easy question: whenever you have the option available to you, always choose a glove with Kevlar® stitching. While cotton or nylon threads will burn when they’re hit with sparks and degrade under high temperatures, Kevlar® won’t!
Some other blogs we’ve read claim that Kevlar® thread will actually improve the overall heat resistance of the glove.
That isn’t the case: the Kevlar® will simply improve the seam strength and durability of your welding gloves over time.
Though it usually comes down to personal preference, we tend to prefer a wing or keystone thumb. Most people find them to be more comfortable and ergonomically-shaped, in comparison to straight thumb styles.
Welding jobs can involve serious cut risks. Moving sheet metal and handling large pieces with sharp, rough edges is not uncommon in welding. Many of our best welding gloves come with cut-resistant Kevlar® liner – like our 399GKGL5.
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