Here's my design and embodiment of a holding device I first used when I attended Lincoln Electric's Advanced Motorsports Welding School.
The instructors called it a "Third Hand" or "Helping Hand" - I call it a "Grasshopper."
The device is simple in concept: a heavy chunk of solid metal positioned such that its weight is applied to the tip for the purpose of holding small objects for welding. It is a must for any welder's bench. (The handle was my idea!) I used my Lincoln Electric Precision TIG® 225 to weld it together and painted the Grasshopper "Lincoln Red."
I have the highest regard for the instructors at the Lincoln Welding School. The metallurgy, welding tricks, and techniques I learned have significantly improved my welding abilities.
- Amos Cline of Orono, Maine
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.