Repairing Or Replacing A Stud Weld Gun
Most people working in any type of construction, fabrication or manufacturing industry become very comfortable with their own tools and equipment. With the right match between the user and the tool, there is increased efficiency, higher production and less likelihood of waste due to mistakes.
However, even the best tools will need to be repaired or replaced at some point in time. Making the choice to repair or replace a stud weld gun should be considered based on several important factors.
Age of the Equipment and Past Maintenance
As a general statement, it is safe to say a stud weld gun requires very little in the way of routine maintenance compared to other equipment on the job. Simply wiping it down if it is exposed to moisture, grease or other types of potentially damaging materials is all that will be required.
Even if the hand held tool has not been exposed to rain, water, chemicals or other materials, there is still a life cycle consideration. Depending on the amount of use, the types of use and the performance of the hand held tool, replacement or repair may be an option. As a general rule, the older the equipment, the less life cycle is left, which is important to consider in the cost factor.
Cost of Repair Vs. Replacement
Making the choice between repairing and replacing the stud weld gun, with age and use considered, often boils down to price. New hand held tools offer different benefits and options which can improve the quality of welds and make the process easier for the operator.
Comparing a quote for the repair with the cost of a new hand held tool, keeping the benefits in mind, is a simple numbers process. It is also worthwhile to consider the remaining duty cycle expected for the older gun to see if this is a cost-effective decision.