Stick welding is an old welding process that is still being used today. Many beginning welders find it useful and easy to learn. But despite its reliability over the years, the risks involved with stick welding haven't changed.
If you're starting out and you're thinking about trying stick welding, you should know that danger comes with the territory. Arc welding safety should be taken seriously, most especially to the parts of your body that are closest to the source of action. That would be your arms.
Know what risks your arms are exposed to and how Caiman has got something for your arms that would guarantee more extended protection.
Risk Involved in Welding Without a Glove
Different metal components vary in shape. There are metal sheets with edges, angled metals that are sharp enough to cause bruises and lacerations while you're welding your workpiece.
Electric shock happens when two electricity-conducting metals have a voltage. Electric shock could occur if electricity flows through your welding machine to the workpiece and you accidentally touch the metal with your bare hands or while using a wet glove. The electricity will pass through you and will cause an electric shock. A voltage of 50 would be enough to incapacitate or kill an average person.
The welding arc can be extremely hot. The temperature can increase with peak up to 5,500 Celsius. The arc's heat can transfer to the metal spatters that the workpiece produces when the arc comes into contact with it. Once it touches your skin, it could quickly burn you.
Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) light
The arc of your welding gun generates a UV and IR, and if your skin is exposed to them, it could cause the collagen to degrade. If your skin is exposed to them for a prolonged period, the IR would have such an effect on the skin that it will cause irritation and pain. In the long run, repeated exposure to UV and IR will increase your risk of skin cancer.
Why longer gloves are better for Stick Welding
Stick welding is a welding process that creates a lot of spatter. And spatter can travel up to your forearms and could still burn you. Because of this, a longer, gauntlet-type welding glove is suitable whenever you're stick welding. It covers skin on your lower arms. This is adequate protection for the heavy stick welders out there.
In Focus: Caiman Welding Gloves 1878
The industry's first 21-inch long protective welding glove is the pride of Caiman. This revolutionary innovation in glove design is a bold move that ensures safety in light stick welding activities and can also be used for industrial-grade welding jobs. Here's a closer look at what these Caiman revolution welding gloves are made of.
The Caiman 1878 glove is designed to be a gauntlet type for extended protection against spatters and sparks that could fall on the entire lower arm area.
Yellow and black is Caiman 1878's color selection. The yellow color serves as a bright color for visibility, and the black gives contrast and accent to the style of the glove.
The 1878 welding glove model is manufactured as a one-size-fits-all glove, so it can be used by you or any of your colleagues who might need hand and arm protection.
Deerskin is a delightful contradiction of toughness and softness. The leather is durable against burns and cuts. At the same time, deerskin is also lightweight and cozy. This is a suitable leather choice for a gauntlet-type welding glove as comfort is important.
Strap, Cuffs, Wrists, and Palms
The critical parts of the glove are patched up with pigskin leather, the toughest leather in the market. Caiman made it garment-grade for comfort and utility but still retains its high-level strength, so it covers all the hazard-prone areas of your lower arm but still allows for ventilation and comfort.
Cotton Fleece is a superb material for comfort. It is also breathable and repels moisture, so the glove remains dry and comfortable to wear even for long periods, especially when indoor welding temperatures become hot.
Kevlar is the leading thread and fabric material for strength. The Caiman 1878 has stitched both the outer and the inner components of the glove with Kevlar to ensure everything is kept in place and the stitches don't get burned if it comes in contact with sparks or any flammable material.
The longest in the industry
Caiman is the only brand that offers a 21-inch long welding glove and makes it work. It is common knowledge that wearing a long glove is uncomfortable. A Gauntlet-type glove covers more skin than any typical glove, so welders tend to remove it as soon as possible. Caiman reduces this discomfort and provides maximum protection with the materials they chose to put together.
The pre-curved design models the natural form of your fingers for ergonomic function. With gloves that are straight, you tend to spread your fingers wide for it to fit fully, and it runs tight as soon as you hold a torch or a welding gun. The fantastic thing about a pre-curved glove design is that you can slip your fingers in quickly. It will also feel comfortable and will allow more air to circulate the glove's interior the moment you grip that welding gun.
The padding protects from elements that may come in contact with your arms. Usually, these are molten metals, spatters, and sharp objects that could burn or cut you. The Caiman 1878 have installed the heavy-duty pigskin leather as padding for the glove. A cut and burn-resistant leather ensures your hand stays protected against burns and objects that might cut or pierce your skin.
In addition, the thickness of the padding coupled with the deerskin leather base provides enough protection against exposure to UV and IR rays emanating from the welding arc.
Holding a welding gun for a prolonged period during a rigorous welding task can be taxing on your hands. Your grip may weaken as a result of fatigue. A reinforced palm enhances your grip and helps you keep a tight grip on the gun and continue to make precise welds for longer periods. The padding is also moisture resistant which keeps the grip strong.
If you're welding for a long duration, your work area will become heated because of the temperature of the arc. It's important to protect your arms from heat exposure for you to keep going. If your skin becomes exposed to heat, it may become uncomfortable for you to continue. Insulation keeps the temperature inside the glove adequate for comfort so you can continue with consistency.
A three-dimensional design considers the entirety of the arm so the cut of the base material would be rounded with no stitches on the side. This makes it very strong as every side is made of seamless leather. It also provides more comfort because the glove is not prone to being flattened, unlike with two-dimensional designed gloves.
1878 Caiman Welding Gloves: A Safer Way to Stick
Caiman American MIG Welding Gloves tend to focus more on the Metal Inert Gas process and less on the Flux-cord and stick welding ones, even if they fall on the same Arc welding umbrella. It's delightful for Caiman to put some attention into a safer stick welding glove— and they did it well enough to challenge other brands to come up with their innovative way to safely weld stick.
The Caiman 1878 focuses on comfort to make up for the welding glove's length. They did this without sacrificing protection and made it even better by using the best leather and thread materials. The Caiman 1878 is a splendid combination that brings maximum safety for stick welders.