Whazzup w/ all the lousy rod I been getting?
Was grooving along just fine w/ my age-old pile of semi-no-name rod, finally ran out of 60xx 3/32, and local welding supplier didn't have any! Got the last box at HD (lincoln), and wow, awful. Wild-assed arc, miserable to use. Used a couple of rods to get by, returned the box as unusable.
Local welding supplier finally got some rod in, Anchor brand, 6013 3/32, and wow, *worse than the HD*!!!!*Really* unusable, and a helluva lot more expensive than the HD: $17 vs. $10.50 for 5#. I'm sure this g-d supplier is going to give me a hard time with the return. Is this a familiar brand?
Arc is really hard to strike, cuz the metal in the rod burns out *into* the flux, leaving a tube of sorts, with the walls being flux. After a short bead, the flux flames/burns, like a match, and leaves about a1" moist/glassy residue on the surface. The arc itself is incredibly short, no give whatsoever, and the weld is brittle like I've never seen before. A/C, DC +/-.
It was so bad, I thought there might be something wrong with the machine (miller econotig). Found some old rod, works perfectly. The old "brand" was ____-weld in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and another similar blue plastic long box says UNI-2000.
Anyone else have these problems? Solutions? Brands? Local suppliers also at times seem to buy generic, and put their sticker on the box. Fine with me, if the stuff worked. Mebbe a bigger supplier will give/sell me a shmorgasbord of 6013 brands to try. What an ordeal.