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Unread 10-15-2003, 04:06 AM   #1
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Glowing rod?? Welding question.

What causes the welding rod to glow orange after only burning 1/2 of it?
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Lincoln 225, 3/32" 6013 rod, 90 amps, welding on 3/16" thick angle iron.

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Unread 10-15-2003, 10:42 PM   #2
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Welding too hot for the rod. You should be useing 1/8" rod for anything over 1/8" thick. And step up to a 6011 if you're decent at welding. Gets good penetration. 6013 is only good for learning.
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Unread 10-16-2003, 05:07 AM   #3
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Bama,

Rod is too thin for that amperage. Upgrade to atleast 1/8" Also make sure your arc isn't too short, doesn't work when you ground the rod out.

I'll disbute the 6013's. They're a good general purpose rod and are nice to use with any stock, many welders I know continue to use those or 7018's.

6011's splatter allot and should really only be used on rusty nasty stuff where appearance is second to penetration..
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The rod was within the specified amperage for its size as suggested on the box.
I'm using the 6013 because I am learning and have been told that they are easier to learn with. I will start using 7018 when I burn up the 5lbs of 6013.
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Unread 10-16-2003, 06:35 AM   #5
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Stick diameter w/Rod type, average amperages

-----------------3/32"------1/8"----- 5/32"-------3/16"-------1/4"----
================================================== ===
6010, 6011----40-85-----75-125----110-165----140-210-----210-315
6013----------40-90---- 80-130----105-180----150-230-----250-350
7018----------60-100---110-165---150-220----200-275-----320-400
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Bama... if you're just laying practice beads and not joining metal, just turn it down. No hard set rules on this, you use the amerage that feels comfortable to you and your welding style.
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