Choosing the Right Stud Welding Supplies for Your Project

Stud welding provides a stronger, cleaner, and longer lasting weld that can benefit a variety of industries. However, not all stud welding is the same and different types of projects require different types of stud welding supplies. Where do you start? The stud welding experts at Northland Fastening Systems are here to help.

Today, we’re going to explore some of the different stud welding supplies we carry and which types of jobs they’re perfect for.

CD Studs

CD or capacitor discharge stud welding is perfect for working with lighter materials such as sheet metal. With a smaller diameter weld, CD stud welding provides a strong weld without sacrificing aesthetics. You won’t see any reverse-side dimples or backside marking. If you’re working on electrical enclosures, sheet metal fabrication, or food grade welding, CD stud welding may be the best option. If you decide to go the CD stud welding route, we have a variety of CD stud welding units available, including those with automation.

Arc Studs

For more robust projects, consider arc stud welding. This type of stud welding produces larger diameter welds (up to 1-1/4”) and is better for working with denser base materials. Arc stud welding provides greater strength and is preferred for structural steel fabrication, construction equipment manufacturing, or other industrial projects. They can even be used in heavy-duty concrete embedments. We carry a variety of anchor studs and weld studs for whatever your arc stud welding project needs.

CD Weld Pins

Your project may require you to insulate the metal you’re working with. CD weld pins can help you quickly and reliably attach insulation and are easy to use.

From industrial jobs using heavy base metals to jobs that require strength without sacrificing appearances, stud welding can get the job done. Whatever your project, Northland Fastening has these, and more stud welding supplies you need. Not only do we carry a huge inventory of stud welding supplies, we also have the expertise you need and the great customer service you want. Contact us today at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote for more information!

Threaded Stud Welding 101 – How to Use Our Threaded Stud Welds

Although we don’t provide threaded stud welding services, we want to help you use our products in the most efficient way possible.

We use our blog to educate people on the benefits of stud welding and its different applications because we understand how important it is to help you get the most out of our products.

Today, we’re going to discuss the basics of threaded stud welding.

After reading our tips, check out our inventory to find the perfect weld stud for your project.

Threaded Stud Welding 101

Stud welding is the process of joining metal parts together.

The difference between stud welding and traditional welding—stud welding happens instantly through a heated charge.

This process is faster, more efficient, and less costly over time.

There are different types of weld studs that are used for different purposes.

Some weld studs have threads —patterns in the metal—and some don’t. Different thread sizes are needed for different applications. If you have a question about which thread is right for your project, just ask us and we’ll find the perfect fit.

Let’s break down some of the differences between thread types and their use.

Full Thread Studs

Full thread studs have a thread running across the entirety of the stud from the top to the bottom.

Full thread studs can be used to weld on both flat surfaces and angled ones.

They have a wide variety of applications, including sheet metal fabrication and use in the automobile industry. If you need the full weld stud base for strength and the fillet weld will not get in the way of another part, a full threaded stud would be your best option.

Partial Thread Studs

Partial thread studs have a thread running along part of the stud instead of from top to bottom. They also have the ability to be used for welding on flat surface and angles, but they have slightly different applications.

If you’re concerned about the fillet weld getting in the way of a mating part or bushing, partial threads are the way to go. The weld end is smaller in diameter and the fillet weld generally stays within the thread diameter so it will not interfere with a mating part.  Their application is more versatile and can be better at holding certain types of objects in place. The non-threaded portion of the stud provides more shear strength, which means it’s better at holding the load of a resisting object.

Is Threaded Stud Welding Right for Your Job?

Again, we don’t provide threaded stud welding services, but we can help you find the right stud for your job.

If you have additional questions or would like to place an order, please reach out on our contact page or call us at (651) 730-7770.


5 Frequently Asked Questions about Stud Welding ANSWERED!

We get a lot of questions about stud welding; how it works, the benefits, and what its applications are. As experts in this area, we wanted to answer some of the common questions we hear! Don’t see your question here? Our experts are more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. Just contact us at (651) 730-7770 and one of our friendly professionals will be happy to help.

  1. What Applications can Stud Welding be Used for? One of the benefits of stud welding is its versatility. It’s perfect for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, structural steel fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, and electrical enclosures.
  2. Is Stud Welding Cost Efficient? Yes! And let us tell you why; it gives you a strong, quality weld that often outlasts the materials around the weld. One welder alone can perform fast, precision welding, saving you time and money without sacrificing quality.
  3. What Materials Work with Stud Welding? Stud welding isn’t just versatile in its application, but also in materials it can be used with. It works for materials including aluminum, brass, stainless steel, low carbon steel, and more!
  4. What’s the Difference between CD & Arc Welding? While both forms of welding provide a high-quality weld, CD welding is better for lighter materials where aesthetics are important. Because it uses energy stored in capacitors and typically is a smaller diameter weld end, it won’t mar the opposite side of the materials. Arc stud welding typically uses larger diameter weld studs and is better for structural steel fabrication and working with more heavy-duty materials.
  5. What Industries can Benefit from Stud Welding? Thanks to its versatility in terms of material compatibility and applications, it’s a great option for a variety of industries. A few industries include shipbuilding, automotive, construction, and environmental engineering.

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions. However, if we haven’t, feel free to contact us! As experts, we can answer all of your questions and help you find the right products and equipment for your job. Ready to start your project? Shop our extensive inventory of welding products today!

Stud Welder Highlights: Using the HBS Quick-Boy for High-Quality Automatic Welding

Stud welding is a critical operation for a wide range of construction and manufacturing projects, big and small. Not only does stud welding offer a rapid connection point even stronger than the stud itself, it also creates a clean, one-sided weld that allows manufacturers to build cosmetically-appealing components without sacrificing durability or reliability. In addition to the quality of construction stud welding operations give manufacturers, there are many different types of stud welders that are built for automating and streamlining the welding process. At Northland Fastening Systems, we have several automatic welding tools available for purchase or rental so you can complete your stud welding project with the speed, ease, and durability you need.


At NFS, we have a broad range of quality automatic stud welding equipment well-suited to a variety of drawn arc stud welding and capacitor discharge stud welding operations. From stud welding guns and units to automation accessories, NFS has everything you need to expand your limits beyond standard manual stud welding.


One of the significant concerns of automatic welding is the issue of movement. While automatic stud welders are highly efficient when they perform welding operations within their range of motion, you can quickly lose efficiency when you have to move a welding gun from position to position manually. That’s why the HBS Quick-Boy is a great addition to any stud welding tool kit.

Quick-Boy at a Glance

The HBS Quick-Boy is a stud gun holder and positioning device that acts like the human arm that would be used in manual stud welding. It’s generally suited to the PAH-1 automatic welding gun, but it can also be used for manual stud welding with C 08 and CA 08 guns. Not only does the Quick-Boy eliminate the issue of constant repositioning, it also gives a wide range of motion on three axes so you can move your welding gun to any point along the Quick-Boy’s range of height, breadth, and depth. The Quick-Boy is lightweight and easily attaches to the workspace, offers smooth and clean movements, and has a built-in seating for the weld gun that reduces scrape rates while you weld with tip ignition.


If you work with an automatic or manual stud welding gun over broad areas, the HBS Quick-Boy is the tool for you. It will help you work longer without tiring, reduce risks of back or shoulder pain from overuse, and let you work more quickly and efficiently.


Request a quote for the Quick-Boy or any of our other stud welding equipment and services today, or contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about our automatic welding and manual stud welding expertise and products.

Using the Right Welding Studs for the Right Project

Stud welding is a highly effective process for forming strong connection points quickly and with a clean finish. However effective stud welding is, it’s not as effective as it could be if you’re using the wrong welding studs. There are several types of welding processes that require different studs, and understanding which studs are best for the weld gun, welding unit, and material you want to weld is key to successful production. Northland Fastening Systems provides a wide range of welding studs suitable for any project you need to complete.

From drawn arc stud welding to capacitor discharge stud welding, NFS offers welding services in addition to tools (available for rental and purchase), and of course, welding studs. No matter what format you need to fit your studs in, you can find what you’re looking for with NFS.

Common Welding Studs

Some of the most common welding studs that NFS offers that are suitable for a range of stud welding projects include:

  1. Flanged CD Welding Studs: Made from stainless steel, aluminum, brass, or low carbon steel, flanged studs range in stud and flange diameter, thread, and length. Flanged studs can be annealed for durability and strength and plated in copper for heightened electrical conductivity.
  2. Non-Flanged CD Welding Studs: Similar to flanged, non-flanged CD welding studs can be made from the same materials with the same annealing or plating processes. The difference lies in the size of the top of the stud. For a clean weld in applications where a flange would interfere with the materials being connected (often stud welding production with sheet metal), non-flanged studs are highly effective.
  3. Threaded Arc Welding Studs: Both fully or partially threaded arc welding studs are made from mild steel or stainless steel and can be of varying thread size, length, and stud diameter. These studs can be used in applications where a peg stud has to protrude from the weld point (partial thread) or fully welded into a material (full thread).
  4. Anchor Arc Welding Studs: Varying in stud length and diameter, anchor arc welding studs are made from low carbon steel or stainless steel. They are useful in forming peg studs of various lengths protruding from the weld point that offer a reliable, strong weight capacity.
  5. Bar Anchor Studs: Made from low carbon steel and available in a range of diameters and lengths, bar anchor studs are key in load-bearing production and provide a highly durable connection point.
  6. CD Welding Pins: Thin CD welding pins are made from mild steel and often have a copper plating to support conductivity. They create a nail-like point for lightweight support and connection useful in many building interior installation projects like, for example, installing insulation.

In addition to our range of studs, we offer quality goods and services in a pinch. Contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about our stud welding services and equipment.