Man I'm far from an expert... but I'd use whatever I was most comfortable
with (stick, mig, etc). I would just be sure to get plenty of penetration so
it'll hold well... especially if it's gonna see heavy duty use. I guess how
it's gonna be used is a more important factor in what type of welding should
be used =). Just my .02 cents...
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LOL! The Anti-Ernie is among us.
You're just plain cruel! I can respect that in a man. :)
'course, it _could_ be done and he'd either be one heck of a OA welder
by the time he finished -- or done medium well.
In order for you to get any kind of sensible answer to such a vague
question, how about more information?
How long will the butt joint be? Do you need 100% weld penetration? Will
you be welding it from one side or both? How many pieces must be welded?
What experience do you or the one to be doing the welding have?... GET THE
2 feet long
Do you need 100% weld
Will you be welding it from one side or both?
just one but I intend to learn as I go. Meaning I am going to do other
welding projects just not as thick as half inch
What experience do you or the one to be doing
none, just books, time for hands on.
GET THE IDEA?
If you are on a budget (WE ALL ARE}STICK IS BEST; get a good new/ used AC
buzz box welder, about 150 amp or 230 amp size} if you have 240volt.power.
A 100 Amp AC welder that runs on 120 volt would just about do the job. Use
a 1/8" E6011 rod at 100 amps.
Best would be the larger Buzz box welder with say a 5/32" E 6011 rod at
about 160 amps. Leave a gap spacing of about 1/8 to 5/32" to get better
ABOVE ALL PRACTICE, PRACTICE.PRACTICE ON SCRAP FIRST...BEFORE WELDING
ANYTHING OF VALUE!!!
there is a few options to joins 1/2 mild steel, as mentioned earlier.
I would stay away from 110V stick welders,
220V stick would be likely the least cost effective method , (well
110V would be less. )
with stick to make sound weld you need to know what you are doing
other wise you will end up with slag inclusion and your weld will be
Even with a 220V stick welder I would bevel the edges and make
you did not say what kind of metal round, flat , angle , can you
weld it from both sides?
once you start welding next thing you know you want a MIG because it
makes much nicer weld beads , easier to use, no slag to deal with, can
weld variety of metals down to a 24 gauge sheet metal.
then you think you are really a good welder and wanting to attempt
it is addictive
Hmm ... unless you are talking about a Maxstar 150 running on 120v, I don't
think you could begin to do this with a 120v buzz box. (Of course, if you're
talking about an inverter like the Maxstar, you're not talking about a buzz
box anyway ... nor are you at the lower ends of the budget range ... but I
digress.) The 100 amp 120v buzz boxes that I have experienced cannot run
6011 at all (OCV is too low); about the best you can do is 3/32" 6013. I
suppose if you did enough joint prep (bevelling), you might could cobble
something up on 1/2" steel, but in general I found it very difficult to
perform satisfactory welds on anything much over 1/8" thick when I had a
120v buzz box. Of course, I was just starting to learn then, so maybe I
could do it better now ...
On the other hand, a 240v AC buzz box (like a Lincoln tombstone) could
easily handle this. You'd still want good joint prep if you need reasonable
No problemo, sonny. Real MEN gas weld their steel with ox/acy torches. Girly
types buy all that fancy equipment and try and impress the lasses. Where I
live, we ain't got no electricity except what my stream turbine makes, and
that's for the icebox and computer stuff. Gas welding has been done since
about 1920 with fine work on everything from flying machines to Model A's/
I suggest you cowboy up and get with the program or go the sissy route and
let the machine do the work. Of course, it leaves your chest hairless and
your dick swiveled up.....