Frequently Asked Questions

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We've received thousands of welding questions over the years from people just like you. Here are answers to the most popular ones.
  1. Where is Lincoln Electric's U.S. Headquarters located?
  2. How do I figure out what type of equipment I need?
  3. How do I figure out which type of welding wire I need?
  4. How do I buy Lincoln Electric merchandise?
  5. How do I sign up for the Lincoln Electric iWeld newsletter? How do I unsubscribe from iWeld or other promotional material?
  6. How do I get Lincoln Electric nameplates and decals for older machines?
  7. How do I order Lincoln Electric's technical literature?
  8. Is Lincoln Electric involved in social media?
  9. How do I learn more about weld fume control?
  10. Where do I find welding projects?
1.Where is Lincoln Electric's U.S. Headquarters located? TOP

Lincoln Electric's U.S. headquarters is located at:
22801 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44117

2.How do I figure out what type of equipment I need? TOP

Lincoln Electric's new Equipment Selector can help you decide which type of equipment you need: 
Go to the Equipment Selector

3.How do I figure out which type of welding wire I need? TOP

Lincoln Electric's new Consumable Product Selector can help you figure out which type of consumable you need:
Go to the Consumable Product Selector

4.How do I buy Lincoln Electric merchandise? TOP
Lincoln Electric merchandise can be ordered through our Logo Merchandise Store
5.How do I sign up for the Lincoln Electric iWeld newsletter? How do I unsubscribe from iWeld or other promotional material? TOP

Sign up for iWeld
Unsubscribe to iWeld or promotional material

6.How do I get Lincoln Electric nameplates and decals for older machines? TOP

Lincoln Electric decals can be purchased at The Decal Shoppe

Lincoln Electric welding nameplates can be purchased at Stumpf Welding Supplies

7.How do I order Lincoln Electric's technical literature? TOP

Lincoln Electric's technical literature can be ordered online: Order Literature

8.Is Lincoln Electric involved in social media? TOP

Yes, Lincoln Electric can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube - check us out!
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

9.How do I learn more about weld fume control? TOP

Check out Lincoln Electric's Weld Fume Control section for product recommendations, literature and more:
Go to Weld Fume Control

10.Where do I find welding projects? TOP

Welding projects can be found in Lincoln Electric's Welding Project section:
Go to Welding Projects

  1. How long has Lincoln Electric been a public company?
  2. When was the Company incorporated?
  3. What is Lincoln Electric's CUSIP number?
  4. How many LECO shares are outstanding?
  5. Who are the Company's independent auditors?
  6. Does Lincoln Electric have a direct stock purchase program?
  7. Does Lincoln Electric offer at direct deposit of dividends?
  8. Does Lincoln Electric offer a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?
  9. How do I contact Shareholder Services?
  10. What is the dividend history of Lincoln Electric?
  11. What do I do if I've misplaced or lost my certificates?
  12. If I want to reinvest dividends, how do I go about that?
  13. How can I change my address?
  14. What do I do to check on the number of shares I own?
  15. How many stock splits have there been?
  16. What is the Lincoln Electric Incentive Management program?
1.How long has Lincoln Electric been a public company? TOP
Lincoln Electric was listed on the Nasdaq in June of 1995 but it was a public company prior to that.
2.When was the Company incorporated? TOP
The Lincoln Electric Company was incorporated in 1895 in Ohio. In 1998, the Company went through a capital restructuring with Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. being formed and incorporated in Ohio.
3.What is Lincoln Electric's CUSIP number? TOP
The Company's CUSIP number is 533900106.
4.How many LECO shares are outstanding? TOP
As of December 31, 2005 there were 42,181,021 shares outstanding.
5.Who are the Company's independent auditors? TOP
Shareholders elected Ernst & Young as independent auditors for the Year 2006.
6.Does Lincoln Electric have a direct stock purchase program? TOP
Lincoln Electric does not offer a direct stock purchase program. LECO shares may be purchased through financial institutions or brokerage houses.
7.Does Lincoln Electric offer at direct deposit of dividends? TOP
Yes.
8.Does Lincoln Electric offer a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)? TOP

Yes. More information regarding the DRIP can be obtained by calling Wells Fargo Shareowner Services at 800-468-9716 or www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices and request a brochure.

9.How do I contact Shareholder Services? TOP

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064 www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices

10.What is the dividend history of Lincoln Electric? TOP
Lincoln Electric has paid a dividend each year since 1915.
11.What do I do if I've misplaced or lost my certificates? TOP

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064 www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices

12.If I want to reinvest dividends, how do I go about that? TOP

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064 www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices

13.How can I change my address? TOP

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064 www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices

14.What do I do to check on the number of shares I own? TOP

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services is the Company's transfer agent handling all shareholder requests and services. The number for Shareowner Services is 800-468-9716 or 651-450-4064 www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices

15.How many stock splits have there been? TOP

1919: 10 to 1
1930: 10 to 1
1965: 5 to 1
1993: 10 to 1
1995: 2 to 1
1998: 2 to 1

16.What is the Lincoln Electric Incentive Management program? TOP
The Lincoln Electric Incentive Management program is the Company's unique compensation program, which is the subject of a Harvard Business School case history and studied at colleges and universities around the world. The program details the Company's pay-for-performance and merit rating system and other components of the Lincoln Electric culture. The program was devised by the Company's co-founder, James F. Lincoln and described in his book, Incentive Management.
  1. Where can I find the nearest Lincoln Electric Service location?
  2. How can I find out the warranty period for my Lincoln Electric product?
  3. What type of warranty is available for Lincoln Electric's Red Line products?
1.Where can I find the nearest Lincoln Electric Service location? TOP

Lincoln Electric's Service Locator will help you find the nearest service shop in the United States to repair your Lincoln Electric equipment:
Go to the Service Locator

2.How can I find out the warranty period for my Lincoln Electric product? TOP

Please view Lincoln Electric's warranty document:
Lincoln Electric Warranty

3.What type of warranty is available for Lincoln Electric's Red Line products? TOP
Lincoln Electric's Red Line products are warrantied against manufacturing defects only.
  1. How do you find replacement parts?
1.How do you find replacement parts? TOP

Check Lincoln Electric's Parts Directory for replacement parts: Go to the Parts Directory

  1. What is Arc Welding?
  2. What is a Stick Electrode?
  3. What is a MIG Wire?
  4. What is a Cored Wire (Flux-Cored Wire)?
  5. What is Submerged Arc?
  6. What is a Stick Welder?
  7. What is a TIG Welder?
  8. What are MIG and Multi-Process Welders?
  9. What is a Wire Feeder?
  10. What is a Semiautomatic Wire Feeder?
  11. What is an Automatic Wire Feeder?
1.What is Arc Welding? TOP
Arc welding is a method of joining two pieces of metal into one solid piece. To do this, the heat of an electric arc is concentrated on the edges of two pieces of metal to be joined. The metal melts, while the edges are still molten, additional melted metal is added. This molten mass then cools and solidifies into one solid piece.
2.What is a Stick Electrode? TOP

A short stick of welding filler metal consisting of a core of bare electrode covered by chemical or metallic materials that provide shielding of the welding arc against the surrounding air. It also completes the electrical circuit, thereby creating the arc. (Also known as SMAW, or Stick Metal Arc Welding.)

3.What is a MIG Wire? TOP
Like a stick electrode, MIG wire completes the electrical circuit creating the arc, but it is continually fed through a welding gun from a spool or drum. MIG wire is a solid, non-coated wire and receives shielding from a mixture of gases. (Process is also known as GMAW, or Gas Metal Arc Welding.)
4.What is a Cored Wire (Flux-Cored Wire)? TOP

Cored wire is similar to MIG wire in that it is spooled filler metal for continuous welding. However, Cored wire is not solid, but contains flux internally (chemical & metallic materials) that provides shielding. Gas is often not required for shielding. (Process is also known as FCAW, or Flux-Cored Arc Welding.)

5.What is Submerged Arc? TOP

A bare metal wire is used in conjunction with a separate flux. Flux is a granular composition of chemical and metallic materials that shields the arc. The actual point of metal fusion, and the arc, is submerged within the flux. (Process is also known as SAW, or Submerged Arc Welding.)

6.What is a Stick Welder? TOP

Heating the coated stick electrode and the base metal with an arc creates fusion of metals. An AC and/or DC electrical current is produced by this machine to create the heat needed. An electrode holder handles stick electrodes and a ground clamp completes the circuit.

7.What is a TIG Welder? TOP
A less intense current produces a finer, more aesthetically pleasing weld appearance. A tungsten electrode (non-consumable) is used to carry the arc to the workpiece. Filler metals are sometimes supplied with a separate electrode. Gas is used for shielding. (Process is also known as GTAW, or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.)
8.What are MIG and Multi-Process Welders? TOP
Constant Voltage and Constant Current welders are used for MIG welding and are a semi-automated process when used in conjunction with a wire feeder. Wire is fed through a gun to the weld-joint as long as the trigger is depressed. This process is easier to operate than stick welding and provides higher productivity levels. CC/CV welders operate similarily to CC (MIG) welders except that they possess multi-process capabilities - meaning that they are capable of performing flux-cored, stick and even TIG processes as well as MIG.
9.What is a Wire Feeder? TOP

For MIG welding or Flux-Cored wire welding, wire feeder welders are usually complete and portable welding kits. A small built in wire feeder guides wire through the gun to the piece.

10.What is a Semiautomatic Wire Feeder? TOP

For MIG welding or Flux-Cored welding, semiautomatic wire feeders are connected to a welding power source and are used to feed a spool of wire through the welding gun. Wire is only fed when the trigger is depressed. These units are portable.

11.What is an Automatic Wire Feeder? TOP
For MIG, Flux-Cored, or submerged arc welding, automatic wire feeders feed a spool of wire at a constant rate to the weld joint. They are usually mounted onto a fixture in a factory/industrial setting and are used in conjunction with a separate power source