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    Default Can I Practice Tig With RG45 Rod?

    Found an old tube of copper coated steel rod. I think this was purchased for oxy-acetylene welding. Haven't tried it yet but can't see why not since I just want to use it for practice.

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    Weldit Part Number 70141
    Labeled as: 3/32 steel rod, RG45


    Y'all think it can it be used for Tig practice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickermigtigger View Post
    Found an old tube of copper coated steel rod. I think this was purchased for oxy-acetylene welding. Haven't tried it yet but can't see why not since I just want to use it for practice.

    Distributed by Hobart
    Weldit Part Number 70141
    Labeled as: 3/32 steel rod, RG45


    Y'all think it can it be used for Tig practice?
    Probably Ok for practice but it is a GAS rod (not optimal)... the guys on WW go into it...

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    yes..it will do.

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    Jeffus' Welding Principles book has the answer also.

    Can use RG45 for TIG practice running beads but not for production work as this filler rod has no deoxidizers

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    Tried this out last night.

    It does work and will make just as nice a bead. Don't know about structural strength but I wouldn't use it for that anyway.

    Great for practice though.

    One note: Keep a short arc. If the arc lengthens sparks will start flying out of the puddle. I haven't seen this happen with ER70S6 but it will with RG45. :-)

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