Welders have to make important buying decisions every time they purchase new equipment and consumables, as each and every choice they make will greatly impact their welds. While beginners typically need to consider just a couple of basic factors, more experienced welders need to understand the more in-depth aspects of their gear. Take electrodes, for example. There are a couple of different types, all of which have their own strengths, uses and weaknesses. Picking the right electrode will have a huge impact on the quality and the strength of your welds.