Horseshoe Welding Project Tools & Supplies

Whether you’re taking up horseshoe welding as a hobby or want to create projects for some extra cash flow, you’ll need some basic tools to get you started. 

You may already have some tools you’ll need in your garage or workshop, so it may be as easy as adding just a few items.

Here’s a list of basic horseshoe welding tools that will help you complete your horseshoe welding projects.  You’ll also find links to more in-depth information for several of the items.

Looking for inspiration? 25 Horseshoe Welding Projects From Easy to Extraordinary

Basic Horseshoe Welding Tools

Basic Safety Equipment

  • A welding helmet is a basic piece of safety equipment needed for welding and grinding. Learn how an auto-darkening helmet can protect you.
  • A flame resistant welding shirt is an important piece of safety equipment.  
  • Leather welding gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Face shield

Horseshoes

  • Used shoes are easy to get from a local farrier or barn
  • Find new shoes at local farm supply stores or online

Optional Items

  • Gas torch
  • Rust-preventing paint and clear coat

Flux Core Aluminum Welding Wire: What You Need to Know

Having trouble finding flux core aluminum welding wire?

You’re not alone. There’s plenty of confusion on this topic, and even some deception.

Also referred to as gasless aluminum welding wire, it sounds like a suitable option for a minor welding job. And one that can save you hundreds on welding gas and a spool gun. 

Plus, if your welder is a flux core only model, it’s your only option. Or is it?

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25 Horseshoe Welding Projects From Easy to Extraordinary

Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist welder, a blacksmith or a professional welder, horseshoes offer endless possibilities for useful metalworking projects. Horseshoe welding projects make great gifts, rustic home or barn decor pieces, garden art, sculpture and so much more. 

This fun hobby can also evolve into a nice side hustle to make extra money selling your creations online, at a craft show or at events.

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What Size Wire for Welder Extension Cord? 120V/240V

Need to know what size wire for welder extension cord safety and performance?

There’s no doubt that a lightweight, undersized cord can derail your welding project. With long runs, extra resistance can lead to cord-melting heat, shorts, and even fire. 

At a minimum, you can expect voltage to drop, causing poor weld performance and tripped breakers.

Avoid these issues with this welder extension cord chart. You’ll quickly learn what size wire can carry the load for your welder—at the extension cord length you need.

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Best Welding Shirts for Comfort and Protection

Stray sparks can get past welding helmets, jackets, and leathers. 

Because you don’t want a trapped spark to smolder—or burst into flame—under your jacket, a good flame-resistant (FR) welding shirt is an essential part of your PPE (personal protection equipment). 

Designed to self-extinguish hot sparks, they protect and provide peace of mind. The best shirts for welding can keep you warm in cold weather, and some even release trapped heat so you can work better when things get hot. 

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Here’s Where to Find Scrap Metal for Welding Projects

I’m going to give you some common (and not so common) ideas about where to find scrap metal for welding projects. When going to these places, make sure always to be honest with the owner. Let them know that you’re looking for scrap metal so you can work on your next welding project, (this will get you a lot farther when collecting scrap metal than anything else you can say).

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