By Ali Mansour

photography AL AN HUBER

Any experienced wheeler knows that you should always have a host of tools, fluids, and recovery gear with you at all times. But what do you do when you've broken something that you can't just bolt, duct-tape, or strap back together? In these metal morphing circumstances you need a trail welder.

A trail welder needs to be easy to transport, simple to use, and most importantly reliable. Though most trait welds are temporary, they still need to be safe and strong. Think about being stranded in the desert and your only way to get home is to weld your Jeep's broken axtehousing back together. The situation is rarely life-or-death, but oftentimes, having a portable welder can prevent an over-the-top extraction and extend a great wheeling weekend.

Since there is quite the aftermarket selection of portable welders these days, we've decided to pick five of the most abundant and put them to the test. We spent a few days in the SoCal desert simulating a variety of carnage scenarios. From driveline failures to oil pan punctures, we tested each of the metal glue machines, all in an effort to discover how well each could get the job done. While we can't name any single one a winner or loser, each of the welders has its defining properties that were either loved or questioned by our team. To find out which one is right for your trail rig, simply read on!

Patented timed locking mechanism delivers the ul in traction and durability

THE BEST

WHAT THE IMITATORS 1 CLAIM, ARB AIR LOCKERS DELIVER-AND HAVE DONE SO FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

The ARB Air Locker has earned its reputation as the most trusted pneumatically operated locking differential in the world. It is the first choice for serious off roaders, rock crawling competitors and government agencies. Why? Because the Air Locker's quality and reliability can't be matched.

So don't trust an inferior product to keep you moving in unpredictable terrain. When it comes to the original ARB Air Locker... there is no comparison.

Over 100 part numbers covering most vehicle models

Regular winner at the world's toughest off road events

Australian manufactured in ARB's state of the art production facility

Over 20 years of world class engineering and innovation

Extraordinary strength gained from aerospace grade materials

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