Welding pliers are a must-have for anybody with a MIG welder. Read more for lots of pictures and explanation on how they work.
They are also commonly called MIG welding pliers or just MIG pliers. If you saw them at the store, you would probably think something along the lines of ‘What are those funky looking pliers used for??’.
Now you will know.
There are many features of MIG pliers made specifically for working on and cleaning MIG welders, which contribute to their funky shape.
Nozzle Removal and Installation
Internal Nozzle Cleaning
The nozzle is responsible for directing shielding gas around the weld puddle to keep contaminants out. Nozzles are typically made out of Brass or copper. These materials allow heat to dissipate quickly and for the spatter to be removed. A dirty nozzle can restrict shielding gas flow and mess up your welds.
External Nozzle Cleaning
Tip Removal and Installation
Wire Pulling and Cutting
Most welding pliers also have a small hammer / slag chipper protrusion and some gauges on the side to determine certain metal thicknesses. I never really use these features though. If I need to hammer something I just go grab a hammer.
Hope this helps. If you have a MIG welder, this is pretty much a required tool so be sure to get yourself one.
Now YOU, get out in the garage and work on something!