So I have been burning through allot of electrodes. Feel like i have learned allot about how the different electrodes run.
I have 3/32 Lincoln Fleetweld 180 6011, 3/32 Lincoln Fleetweld 37 6013, 3/32" Weldcote 7018, and 1/8" Hobart 7018.
The 1/8" 7018 is easy as can be to run and come out smooth as silk. I can run 30% dig and 105-140amps depending on base metal. Most often just dragging the flux along the base metal produced the cleanest results. Occasionally a little side to side, cursive e, or a weave pattern will produce some nice welds as well. Slag comes off in a few rakes. Overall great success.
The 3/32" 6011 is allot harder to run and VERY hard to get a pretty looking run. I have tried every technique i have read or seen in videos. The stick instantly and every time on any contact. I cant scrape plate with flux like 7018. And its hard to hold a tight arc till i hit 70-75amps but then the slag is really burnt up and hard to get off. At 75-85 amps about half way through running the 12" rod, the rod with catch fire and start flaming the entire length of the rod. At that point it wont run for squad and you have to throw away the rest of the rod. I am mostly running them between 65-70amps and 70% Dig. I have to start them with a long sweeping motion the long arc back to starting point. Much longer of a strike than say a match or with the 7018. My best success for a nice bead is coming with cursive e pattern. Whip and pause is OK but i have limited success with it. I have tried vertical uphill open root on 1/4" plate with it. Now that was a challenge. But after several attempts i was able to complete one with a loose 1/16" gap and 1/16" land.
The 3/32" 6013 i could train a monkey to run. From 30-90 amps with 0-50% dig it will run. You can drag it, whip it, write your name with it. It doesn't matter it just runs. Less than 30amps and you get little globs and slag entrapment. Over 80 and it splatters bad. Over 90 and the rod sprays off and you cant keep it consistent, also the rod catches on fire and flames up.
I have yet to try the 3/32" 7018 Weldcote. Its hermetically sealed. I am trying to think of a good project for it before i open it as i dont have a rod over. I dont keep the 1/8" 7018 in a rod oven but im not doing any critical applications so im not worried about it.
6011 3G Open Root Vert Uphill, slag inclusion, but this was first attempt that i did it with success. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... k5udmdaQmchttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... 0NEVGEzOFU
7018 Weavehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... mIyRjNDVGM
Cursive ehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... VlFU2hqR1k
Half Whip and Pause Half Cursive ehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... DU1VGJ5QVk
6011 2Fhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... 19ENEgtajg
7018 single tree repairhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... XF6TDVaZUE
Trying to learn TIG as well.
Outside corner Vertical Up
1/4" Plate, 150Amps, 3/32" 2% Lanthanated, 3/32" ER70S-6
Should have used more filler and more heat i think...https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... zZhQ3MwazA
Thin metal hinges onto my boxhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... HF4YlU5UGs
Making a 3rd handhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... U42U3Q5Tkkhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... WhhazFDZlU
Made a Skeleton hand tig torch holderhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... mJpb3FqeDAhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... GxHRmZLMDghttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... S1JSlBaWTQ
First attempt at Aluminum
Unknown grade of plate. Cut in half and did flat butt weld.
3/32" 2% Lanthanated, 3/32" 4043, 120Hz, 30%ish cleaning
I've done more since then and getting better at it. But still not great.https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... FdGYXk0UnM
Attempted razor blades, heat built up too fast i didn't move fast enough and didn't let out on the pedal fast enough. I didn't have a chill block either. It was sitting on 1/8"x6"x6" steel plate.
1/16" 2% Lanthanated, 1/16" ER70S-6https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqkC ... GUzRVhyd3M
Im sorry i cant figure out how to get pictures to work. So i just added links.
Pretty sad i couldn't get it to work considering im an electrical engineer with about 15years of programming experience, lol
The pics are in google drive. I may have to move them to photobucket to post them here.