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Unread 03-12-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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Stainless steel

I have a question for all you welding wizards out there. I have free access to all types of stainless steel stock, pipe, angle, channel, square and rectangular tube and rod. It varies in thickness from light gage to Ĺ inch. Iím planning on using this material for LCA bracket skids, trusses for the front and rear axles and anything thing else that would require steel to fabricate. The material is considered scrap but is more than adequate in size for the projects I have planned. My question is to do with the metallurgy of welding stainless to regular steel such as suspension brackets and to axle tubes and the chassis. What type of welding rod should I TIG with and what other issues would I have in using stainless steel in these applications? Thank you

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Unread 03-12-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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The normal filler wire would be 309l. Hope you have a plasma to cut with as stainless is hard and of course you can not cut with a torch. Stainless pulls and draws a lot.this would not be my choice for structural material for what you want to do. Others will chime in. Hope this helps.
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Unread 03-13-2015, 08:36 AM   #3
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I think stainless would work out well for things like skid plates and other parts that can be bolted on but I don't think I'd use it for brackets and such where it needs to be welded to the frame or elsewhere. In doing some repair work on heavy equipment over the years I found out from Cat that cold rolled steel is often what's used for brackets and plating. I also don't like the idea of welding different types of metal together, even with the right filler rod. One type of material will shrink a certain amount and another something different and that puts stress in the weld area, not good.
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Unread 03-13-2015, 04:09 PM   #4
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Thank you gentleman, I'll plan on using my stainless for bolt on applications only.
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