At Davies Industrial & Welding Supplies we stock an extensive range of welding machines for different processes. We also have welding supplies, consumables and a variety of supporting consumables. You may recognise leading names in the industry.
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Stick welding is a very popular welding process because it's simple yet versatile, not to mention practical because of its portability. Flux coated welding rods eliminate the need of shielding gas, which are required in MIG and TIG welding, hence also reducing the cost. Stick welding is often the choice when welding outdoors and/or welidng a rusty/dirty metal. Most common metals such as steel can be joind using a stick welder. Some of our welding machines are multi process, compatible with stick and TIG welding for extra versatility.
Setting Up A Stick Welding Machine
An experienced welder will be able to set up a stick welding machine simply from the sound it's producing. The crackle of the rod burning will help to indicate the correct amperage for the chosen size of rod. The correct sound should resemble crackling like eggs on a frying pan. The wleidng machine needs to set hot enough to burn the rod smoothly without sticking, but if the rod has turned cherry red it usually means the settings are too high.
Basic Stick Welding Technique
Depending on the angle and materials needing to be joined, welding techniques can be flat, horizontal, vertical down and overhead. Technically speaking, the settings and process for each angle remains the same. If you are using 6010 or 6011 rods, circling and weaving motions is the generic welding technique whcih can be applied with both rods.
Ultimately, the goal is to fuse the metal and fill the gaps of the joint with a solid weld. If it's a personal project, the aesthetics and level of the finished weld will depend entirely on your own discretion.
As a general rule of thumb, the weld should be twice the width of the rod you are using. If you are using a 1/8 rod, the minimum weld should be 1/4 inch wide.