Welder's Handbook: A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding, Revised and Updated Info

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A newly-updated, state-of-the-art guide to MIG and TIG arc
welding technology.
Written by a noted authority in the field,
this revised edition of HP's bestselling automotive book-for over 20
years-is a detailed, instructional manual on the theory, technique,
equipment, and proper procedures of metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten
inert gas (TIG) welding.

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September 10, 2008

far too general
this book is only good for a general overview of various processes and techniques. none of the articles are very in depth and all the illustrations and photos is printed in black and white. its a decent review for an experienced welder. if you are serious about welding get an all inclusive in depth text book like Welding Principles and Applications. it will cost you but you will not be diappointed. try to find a used or older edition, the 6th edition is the latest.

June 27, 2009

I wish I had passed
I got a new MIG welder and had no experience welding so I thought a book would help. Well one might, but not this one. I figured a handbook would instruct on making basic joints and take you through some examples but it doesn't. There are lots of pictures of welded things, but no real instruction. I think you can learn much more for free just browsing the internet.

December 25, 2010

Your kidding me
Bought the book mainly for the chapter on plasma cutting. Contains 1/2 page of text and 2 pages of pictures of people in the shop! Absolutly useless.

May 26, 2009

OK, but plenty of room for improvement
I was disappointed in this book. There is not really enough basic information to give the reader confidence in tackling some of the welding types described. There is far too much self-patronization throughout the text, which gets a bit monotonous after a while, and pads out the book with useless material. Do we really care if the author worked for NASA ? I bought the book to learn about welding, not about the authors achievements in the welding world. There is also too much plugging of Lincoln equipment, even the same photo repeated on the same page, and very little of which is helpful to the beginner. I am particularly interested in MIG welding, and thought the chapter on this subject was too short. If I was looking for a beginners book on welding, I would look elsewhere.

May 19, 2017

More of a survey than a professional's shop text. ...
More of a survey than a professional's shop text. A more descriptive title might be "Metal Fabricator's Handbook".
Focus upon race car fabrication: high strength but light duty and light weight structure.
Fair survey of the common techniques of manual and production.
Definitely add to hobbyist and DIY library.

August 16, 2017

One of Only Two Welding Books You'll Need for Auto Work!
This is a 2007 update of Finch's 1997 classic by the same name. It is also important to note that this is the 3rd Edition of this book, which says a lot about the "staying power" of information in the book and Mr. Finch's ability to convey the knowledge he has. I have know of Richard Finch, his writings, and works for over 30 years now (more from the experimental aviation movement than anything else) & have found him to be an authority on the topics for which he writes. Not surprising since he is both a trained engineer and certified welder. The book is described as a "guide" & that is the best way to think about it. It is not so much a "how to" text as a text that lets the novice know what is possible now in the world of metal fabrication, and the amateur welder with limited experience (or only knowledge of one method of welding) be able to self-transition into the other methods of welding. There are numerous very clear, crisp and explanatory photos, as well as diagrams & charts with the only drawback being that they are all in B&W. Of additional value, the are frequent photos of completed projects/jobs that are reference in the text - including a SCCA race car Mr. Finch campaigned which had a tube frame that was completely joined only by gas brazing (Page 85). The general thrust of the book is toward automotive applications, but there are also examples from aviation and even marine fabrication. He includes a chapter on various useful smallish projects that can be used to practice one's welding skills. Though this is now a 10 year old edition, it is my understanding that Mr. Finch has passed and as such we can't expect any new edition coming out, though this book was usually updated about every 10 years. While the mention of recent advances in welding will become dated, much of the other information in the book gained by Mr. Finch over the course of his career will become more valuable, such as when to use brazing in auto restoration (especially if you don't have a donor car to cannibalize) - see page 80-81. He also covers several other potentially "lost techniques" such as Oxyhydrogen welding of aluminum, something that may be of interest to some readers who are already proficient with gas & don't want to dish out money for a MIG welder. If you have any interest in welding, buying this book will not be a waste of time or money & it will be a reference you will keep for quite some time in your welding library - I know I have all three editions and intend to keep them all for the rest of my time in welding! RIP Richard Finch.

February 3, 2012

Not instuctional
this book is theory of welding,etc. it is not a guide or how to type as it indicates in description. also it's very vague. it makes me think this would suited for a refresher rather than a learning aid.

July 25, 2017

Five Stars
informative for anyone who is tying to learn about welding especially as related to automotive uses

November 27, 2017

A must have!
As a beginner welder, this book was a life saver! I learned so much and the book was hard to put down, from start to finish! I cannot say anything negative on this product! It was an easy read, full of amazing information, and I'm grateful it was recommended to us by our welding instructor.

Nov 05, 2012

An easy to understand and surprising complete introduction to various welding techniques. Seriously, everything you need to know including that for whatever technique you need to practice, practice, practice!

October 10, 2018

this book is very thorough
This book covers many areas of welding. It covers a lot of associated information as well . Although it is hard to get all the information in one book, this book does a good job covering many details.

November 18, 2019

Good overview of the various techniques, but not as much detail as I hoped
This book provides a good overview of welding techniques, but did not give as much detail as I expected. For example, it mentions shielding gas for TIG welding but did not say which gas that is. Maybe everyone else knows, but I wasn't sure until I got a different book.

January 31, 2019

Easy Read with lots of good information.
My husband has taken up welding as a hobby and he read the book cover to cover. He learned new things and like the book as a reference.

November 1, 2019

Great for a first reference
Great for an amature like me

November 10, 2019

Son in law like book

April 9, 2019

Arrived quickly
Need for class

April 23, 2015

Not a strong text
Author spends an awful lot of time tooting his own horn. That's a real distraction. I don't recommend this book.

July 8, 2013

My fault..........
When I bought this,I did't take into account the age of this book,as there is usefull info here some of the info is dated and processses, too,I should have looked more closely,just went by the good feedback...

December 9, 2018

Might be useful if you never have welded

May 8, 2017

Quite a good read and contains some good information as overview. Could do with more detail educational instruction for novices and core welding/brazing skill enhancement

September 16, 2016

Good information but a little too advanced for beginner
Good information but a little too advanced for beginner. I'm sure I can use it later after I've started welding a bit.

February 24, 2015

Three Stars

January 2, 2015

... as a gift to my grandson who was well pleased.
Gave as a gift to my grandson who was well pleased.

November 7, 2014

Three Stars
Reasonably useful. I found some useful advice for MIG and arc welding. Also some interesting information on TIG.

January 2, 2014

I guess I expected more from it.
This book talks a lot about the how the different welding processes are, but gives little advise on how to improve your welding. I expected more advise, or tips, or techniques.

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