15 years ago
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
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 a
1" 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
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?
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
What an ordeal.