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If you are a welder or any type of worker who prefers to have excellent sun protection, taking a closer look at portable and rugged welding umbrellas makes sense.
Whether you weld pipes or are a welder on the construction site, welding outside for hours can lead to extreme sunburns. To avoid regular sunburns that will damage your skin badly, you an umbrella.
But normal umbrellas will get damaged very quickly in harsh environments. Thus you need to think about a heavy duty umbrella that is especially designed for work.
What makes a good welding umbrella?
A good welding umbrella withstands weld spatters and flames. Moreover, flame-resistant umbrellas provide wide-ranging shade. Most welding umbrellas provide a locking tilt mechanism for directional shading. Furthermore, you can get welding umbrellas the have a vent that allows wind and heat to escape.
Also, you should take a closer look at the stand, because some umbrellas have a stand already included while others don’t.
Moreover, it is essential, that your umbrella has a good stance and wind will not be able to blow it away. Of course, the work umbrella not only protects against the sun, but also against rain.
So let’s take a look at the top umbrellas for welding applications:
Black Stallion UB150 FR industrial welding umbrella
The UB150 welding umbrella is made by the company Black Stallion which is headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, CA. This yellow safety equipment is one of the best welding umbrellas on the market.
Because it is made of flame-resistant vinyl fibers, this umbrella easily resists weld spatter and sparks.
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Moreover, innovative, flexible fiberglass ribs avoid warping. Because the umbrella is designed with a wind vent, it allows wind, fume and heat to escape.
Since welders prefer rugged equipment, the aluminum stand is additionally powder-coated for maximum robustness.
Thanks to carrying bags for umbrella and stand, it is easy to transport the welding umbrella.
Please take a look at the following review video to get a better impression of the Black Stallion UB150 FR:
- Height: 7’6″
- Diameter: 6/8″
Wilson Industries 36884 welding umbrella
The Wilson welding umbrella protects from rain and sunlight. Moreover, it has a remarkable lightweight aluminum frame and a comfortable tilt mechanism. Adjust the stance to make sure to get maximum possible shadow from the sun.
Of course, this 7 foot umbrella is made of water- and fire-resistant vinyl fabric.
- Height: 6.5 ft.
- Diameter: 7 ft.
The Wilson 36884 is probably one of the cheapest welding umbrellas on the market.
Profax U65YT welding umbrella
The Profax U65YT work umbrella is flame resistant, has a locking tilt mechanism and comes with a lightweight Aluminum pole. The yellow umbrella is made of coated polyester canvas.
- Height: 7 ft.
- Diameter: 6.5 ft.
Lapco 160 UM7VB heavy-duty work umbrella
If you are a working a lot outdoors, take a look at the Lapco 160 UM7VB work umbrella. This heavy duty umbrella is made of vinyl fibers. The lightweight frame is made from Aluminum and powder coated in black. Actually this umbrella is not designed for welders because it is not flame resistant.
Thanks to the tilt function this is a very versatile umbrella that can be adjusted to your needs.
- Diameter: 7 ft.
- Color: Blue
Alternatives to welding umbrellas
If a welding umbrella is not the right equipment for you then you should check our welding blankets. When you cover equipment and environment with welding blankets, they are protected from weld sparks and spatter.
Moreover, welding curtains and screens are something to consider if you rather need a fire resistant screen.
In order to protect your head, check out my article about popular welding caps.back to menu ↑
I think the Black Stallion UB150 FR industrial welding umbrella does a very good job. It is robust, has a good stance and a nice tilting mechanism. Another plus is that it comes with a wind vent. Furthermore it is flame resistant and manufactured by a renowned company that specialices in welding equipment. On the downside, this umbrella is quite expensive. But I believe it will pay out in the long run: Good-bye sunburn, forever!
Please leave me a comment below and share your opinion on heavy duty work umbrellas with me.
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