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    Just my personal opinion but I don't like Prostar wire. I have tried it twice, although not that exact one, & it just doesn't flow well. I would recommend setting up your feeder for .045 flux core (gasless & gas). .035 is kinda small for using around the farm on machinery etc. I like Hobart 21b in gasless & esab 7100 ultra with gas. I also like Triple 7 with gas.

    Since you are running stick off the Bobcat I would switch to 7018.
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    Default welds..

    Not to start a war here, but i would teach your welder how to weld with his current setup before you give him another procese to learn. Thoose welds are terrible, they are cold, have poor appearance, and do not speak very highly of the work in your shop.
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    These fillet welds were done with 1 pass of .045 Excel Arc 71 and 75/25. Slag removed with a quick pass from a needle scaler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryagn5 View Post
    Not to start a war here, but i would teach your welder how to weld with his current setup before you give him another procese to learn. Thoose welds are terrible, they are cold, have poor appearance, and do not speak very highly of the work in your shop.
    Kevin
    Challenging to do this. I'm inexperienced in the field. Mechanic has been welding on/off for farm machinery repair & fabrication for longer than I have breathed air. Here's the settings he was using on the Bobcat...6013 1/8 electrode

    60-160A
    Amerage 4

    I asked him about the weld being too "cool" and he showed me that it's "biting" in to the material along the bead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryagn5 View Post
    Not to start a war here, but i would teach your welder how to weld with his current setup before you give him another procese to learn. Thoose welds are terrible, they are cold, have poor appearance, and do not speak very highly of the work in your shop.
    Kevin



    Right, no offense intended but those are not going to work out in a commercial environment for long. "Maybe" a farmer making an emergency field fix, maybe not.
    You are ripe for the picking for any kid with mediocre-decent skills who's been to the local community college welding program and owns a chop saw and a buzz box.
    That's a pretty harsh end product. The material is cut to size and the paint appears nice.
    Not trying to steal your joy, but really, reconsider trying to sell those welds. Posting settings or going to a different (more expensive) process isn't going to help.
    Time welding does not equal a saleable product.
    Get a new welder, with medium type skills, and go to town. Even if he's a 18 year old, that guys years of experience are not gonna work if you intend to make any money.
    Just my take, I'd be out of business if I was selling those, even in AgLand.

    J

    Those welds are "biting", but not in a good way. There really is a floor even in lower cost work.
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    You certainly can't go wrong with 7018.......the workhorse of the industry.....

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    I appreciate the feedback. Can you guys look at a hitch we built for our F350 service truck? This is the same mechanic, but using a Millermatic MIG setup. Does this look like a better finish job to you? Thanks






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    well, I don't want to start a fight ether but if that was a welder working for me, it would be the first and last day.
    I run Lincoln 233 1/16 in my suitcase, love it. way better then 21b
    with gas the tri 7 is good. hard wire is hard wire.
    the only rod to be burning it 7018 unless it needs to be 11018.
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    Oh my god. That last picture...And that thing is Rollin on down the road!

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    I am on my phone so it is hard to see some of the pictures. But the last one... holy undercut! That is one giant stress riser right where the tongue weight sits on an unknown weight trailer being pulled by a 1-ton truck?

    I'm glad you are posting pictures and learning, but you should learn from someone else. Those welds are not okay.

    Go spend some time on weldingtipsandtricks.com and see what jodi has to show you. That should give some perspective.
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