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Re: dc stick welding

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12-24-2013 02:46:26

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Old , you say you do most of your welding with AC ? I do most of my welding with old Monkey Wards AC/DC machine connected to DC . It's been a great little machine that I bought back in the late 60s . I had no shop/garage until the later 70s so I kept my accet/oxy set & welder in the basement . So of course I did my welding under Gods ceiling . I don't think myself as a welder , but when I weld something together , it stays together . I learbed that during my welding how angle grinder is classed as a hobbiests best friend . An old buddy used to always say I sure could produce lots of grapes . Thru years of harvesting grapes , I have slowly gotten better & grapes don't appear much anymore .I use a lot of 6011 but mostly 7018 DC rods . I used to even use 7018 7/64 DC rods for welding tin for autobody repairs ; but then that size became non existant .I had also bought a nice Miller 110 Cricket XL back in the 80s which I've learned to enjoy using for welding tin .All my trades have been what's called : Hands-On experience . God bless & Merry CHRISTmas to all . Ken

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12-24-2013 07:14:04

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to Ken-Pa, 12-24-2013 02:46:26  
Yep I do most of my welding with an AC machine but then that is what a Lincoln buzz box is. The DC machine I have burns a gal and hour and is a pull start machine so hard to start and in the winter impossible to start unless your built like the hulk which I am not

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12-24-2013 14:11:36

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to old, 12-24-2013 07:14:04  
Yes , in that case of hard starting , I can undestand why you have settled with AC . Did you ever try finding a DC welder that someone is selling cheap ? I've seen some nice ones on Craigs List . If (and I Pray it never does) mine would bite the dust , I think I'd do most anything to buy another one . I once worked plowing a widow ladies driveway & she showed me her deceased hubbies huge commercial AC Lincoln welder very cheap . But being only AC , I turned it down . Maybe Santa will bless you with a small DC machine . Merry CHRISTmas to you Old . God bles, Ken

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12-24-2013 18:12:28

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to Ken-Pa, 12-24-2013 14:11:36  

I use my everlast dc welder for all my welding projects

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12-25-2013 14:47:41

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to ejensen, 12-24-2013 18:12:28  
Just to confound everyone.

I weld almost exclusively with 6013 rods on AC welders.

No problems with weld failure after about 20 years of doing it this way.

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12-25-2013 16:12:56

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to IH2444, 12-25-2013 14:47:41  
A friend of mine who worked in a pre fan metsl
shop told me he used 6013 all the time

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12-25-2013 16:41:48

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to ejensen, 12-25-2013 16:12:56  
I have even welded cast iron exhaust manifolds with 6013.

Not real pretty and quite tedious but worked fine and never fell apart.

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12-24-2013 15:43:14

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to Ken-Pa, 12-24-2013 14:11:36  
Over the years I have messed with a lot of Mig and Tig welding plus the AC buzz box and the portable DC one. I have a flux core mig unit right now but do not use it much. So far really never have needed a DC welder but if one did come up cheap enough I might buy it

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12-24-2013 07:06:13

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to Ken-Pa, 12-24-2013 02:46:26  
I have a miller cricket in my garage as well.

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12-24-2013 14:24:26

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 Re: dc stick welding in reply to frankmn, 12-24-2013 07:06:13  
Is it the 110 ? I once lent mine along with the proper gas for aluminum & roll of aluminum wire . He had a Ford Mustang a guy was restoring to do repairs on . My friend promised to replace the wire & gas when finished . Well a hard lesson was had by me .My Grandson has screwed me after using my mig in my shop/garage . I've had it with trusting someones word , so never again . I worked hard to have what I have , so why let someone else cost me extra expense . Do you know Miller quit making this machine after 1 yrs production ? It was then replaced with the 130 .I hope you have enjoyed yours as much as I have ? God bless , Ken

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