What is Welding Cable?
Welding Cable is a portable cable that features a very finely stranded conductor for flexibility. It is designed for use in arc-welding machines to power electrodes. However, it is also often used as a power cable or battery cable. Most welding cable is resistant to flame, grease, abrasion, tear, and oil. Because of their flexibility and versatility, welding cables are used in a wide variety of applications.
What applications can I use Welding Cable for?
While welding cable is specifically designed for use in secondary voltage resistance welding leads, its flexibility and rubber insulation make it ideal for many other types of applications. However, it is also suitable for use in power supply applications, electrode connecting, automotive starters, battery grounds, welder leads, and other welding applications that do not exceed 600V.
Can I use Welding Cable in marine applications?
Welding Cables may be used as a battery cable in marine applications, but the insulation must be oil and water-resistant. If the cable is not oil and water-resistant, it can become saturated. Be sure to check spec sheets when purchasing a welding cable for a marine application.
What is Welding Cable made of?
Welding Cables are typically made of a stranded copper conductor and a rubber jacket that acts as insulation. The most common jacket materials are EPDM and Neoprene. Because of their high strand count, these cables often come in large gauge sizes. Common sizes range from 8 AWG to 4/0 AWG. You can learn more about Welding Cable Specifications here.
Are Welding Cables safe for everyday use?
Yes! Despite the name, these cables aren't just used by welders. Welding cable is great for everyday applications, but safety measures should always be considered when using it. In order to protect welding cables, keep them clean of grease and oil, and out of damp conditions if they are not constructed for water. Be sure to check for imperfections in the cable. If you see any worn spots, wrap the welding cable with rubber, plastic, or friction tape. Replace the cable if damage to the cable is within three feet of the electrode.
What king of Welding Cables does Allied Wire and Cable carry?
We carry both Class K and Class M Welding Cables. We carry Class K cables in a range of sizes, from 6 AWG to 500 MCM. Our Class M cables are available in gauge sizes 6 AWG to 4/0 AWG. We also carry Alpha Brand Welding Cables and General Cable Carol Brand Carolprene cables.