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Cheezy Rider
03-05-2010, 04:22 PM
I am building the Warrior, and wanted to know of you guys that are using stick welding, what type and size rod are you using?
I bought some 6011 3/32

I noticed that Harbor Freight only carries 6011 3/32
6013 1/16 - 6013 1/8
7014 1/16

The 6013, and 7014 says it has to be heated to 70-100 degrees before using.

And is 1/16" to small of a rod to use? I have a Campbell Hausfeld 70 Hi/Lo setting arc welder. I noticed some of you talk about using and liking the 6013. And if so, are you using the 1/16 or 1/8. I don't believe that this machine has enough amperage to use 1/8.

darwin-t
03-05-2010, 05:32 PM
I'd try the 1/16" ones - I have 6013 and 7014 - the 7014s are easier to strike an arc with.

Menard's carries 5/64" rods - or at least they still did the last time I was out there.

You may have to weave the rod back and forth to make a wider bead - someone else will have to weigh in on this one. I'm pretty much a beginner, too.

Your 3/32" rods should word, as far as I know.

badcheese
03-05-2010, 07:45 PM
I've been using both 6013 3/32 and 7014 1/16 on bicycle tubing. 1/16 is not too small. In fact, I find 1/16 a little easier when I'm welding thin material such as bicycle tubing.

Cheezy Rider
03-06-2010, 12:09 AM
Do you keep those two rods (6013 & 7014) heated as they state on the container? I got the rod at Harbor Freight, and the container for both those rods say "Heat rods to 70-100 degrees at least 30 minutes prior to using". I know we used to keep all our filler rods in a rod oven at work, but no sure that this is necessary or not. If I keep them in the house, which is about 70 degrees, I think that would be good enough.

TheKid
03-06-2010, 02:19 AM
If the rods are kept in a dry environment, heating isn't necessary. If stored in a damp place, like a basement or garage, you'll want to dry them out. Sometimes I forget, like when the snow is freshly melted and I could weld again. The welds come out crappy looking, with less than consistent results.
To speed things up, I use a hair dryer for 5 minutes, turn the rods, the hit them again for a few minutes. It has worked well so far.

Radical Brad
03-06-2010, 10:37 AM
I have always kept my 6013s in the garage (open) in the box, but have noticed that when it dips below -20 (yes, you read that right), I really have to push up the dial.

At -30 to -40, I find the arc acting in strange and mysterious ways. I did find a cure though... never leave the house from November 1st to April 1st (I kid you not!).

Brad

badcheese
03-06-2010, 06:54 PM
I leave my rods in the garage and I don't heat them. However, I live in Los Angeles, so the weather is very mild and usually pretty dry. Keeping them in the house should work just fine.

savarin
03-06-2010, 10:50 PM
I have always kept my 6013s in the garage (open) in the box, but have noticed that when it dips below -20 (yes, you read that right), I really have to push up the dial.

At -30 to -40, I find the arc acting in strange and mysterious ways. I did find a cure though... never leave the house from November 1st to April 1st (I kid you not!).

Brad

I feel for you Brad.
At the moment its too hot to leave the air-conditioning and I've done nothing on the build..
We need a bit of 50/50 sharing of weather.