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The Critical Differences between TIG and MIG Welding Gloves

Tse Tsang Wang, Category Specialist - Hand Protection for Blackwoods

For the professional welder, wearing 
the right glove is a critical decision.

The right welding gloves make a tremendous difference in a welders speed, ability and safety.When considering the right welding glove for your work, look for the right balance of flexibility, comfort, durability, heat resistance & protection.

With welding gloves, the most significant difference is the distinctions between MIG and TIG welding. Here we highlight some fundamental differences.

MIG Welding Gloves

MIG welding generates the highest heat, and it also requires the least amount of dexterity due to the simplicity of the process. This is why MIG Welding gloves are made from a medium to thick leather and are fully-lined to provide the highest level of heat and spatter protection.

MIG welding gloves tend to have a looser fit and additional padding on the back of hand for additional protection. This design allows a welder to easily remove the glove if it becomes too hot. Both of these features may reduce manoeuvrability in the finger area, but this is notoften a concern, as the welding technique relies on wrist rather than fine finger movements. 

TIG Welding Gloves

The TIG welding process requires a high degree of dexterity to feed the TIG filler rod into the weld pool, because of this, TIG gloves must be able to consumes high levels of heat but also lower levels of spatter, and more dexterity.

TIG welding gloves are made of thinner leather than MIG welding gloves and have a snugger fit to ensure the maximum level of flexibility and dexterity. Unlike MIG welding gloves, TIG Welding gloves are not always lined. If they are lined, it will be the back of hand and cuff only to offer additional heat protection

Choosing the right welding glove for the job:

When selecting the perfect welding gloves for you, there are various factors that must be considered. To make your life easier, you can find the top four deciding factors below:

Flexibility – As we’ve already discussed, whether you are handling large objects and require a firm grip, or lifting more delicate items that mustn’t be damaged, your welding gloves need to allow for full dexterity when required, without sacrificing on comfort.

Comfort - As welding gloves are a continuous investment for welders, it is essential that the gloves you choose not only perform well, but feel as comfortable as possible. Look for gloves that have 100% woven cotton lineing when you can, as cotton allows for maximum comfort and breathability.

Durability – As your gloves are a significant ongoing investment, longevity is essential. Keep in mind the quality of leather your gloves are made from, as well as the welting, and reinforced sections of the glove. For even more longevity, look for a glove that is sewn using Kevlar thread, which is heat resistant and significantly stronger than cotton.

Heat Resistance & Protection – Welding gloves that are made using high-quality materials, along with the welted seams and lining, ensure that your hands are 100% protected from the extreme elements. If additional heat protection is required, look for welding gloves with extended cuffs to provide full forearm protection.

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