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11-16-2006, 03:17 PM #11Senior Member
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11-16-2006, 06:31 PM #12Junior Member
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- DENVER, CO
I have customers using MM135's and MM175's with wires from Hobart, Radnor, Lincoln, Esab, Blue Demon, Am. Filler, Washington Alloy and many more. Many have a preference on brand of filler, but all are able to produce quite nice welds (no matter who made the wire) with their little blue machines.
As far as the Radnor by Lincoln:
About the only thing you, as the end consumer, have to go on is the WHS ID # on the box (it should be located near the bar code) that begins with an ED0XXXX. All I can say is that's how Lincoln's part #'s all begin. (The new labels on the boxes of 44# spools have Lincoln's stamp on the bottom left.) I'm sure that does not help too much in substantiating the claim of who manufactures it. As far as comparing quality to determine if it's as good or a "2nd", one thing you could do is compare the typical certs on the 2 items. Aside from that, the end user has to be the final judge of quality and value
For the really discriminating consumer, send me a private message and I can email a scan of a packing slip from Lincoln.
As an FYI: Hobart manufactures the Radnor brand FC wires and McKay does all the ss tig wire.
11-16-2006, 11:53 PM #13
So what about those of us running 18+ volts? I'm using national standard wire right now, and it's certainly not as good as the 10# of H-28 I ran through it before (but this was much cheaper), and it still produces nice welds with a reasonably wide sweet spot and minimal spatter.
I can make a nice bead with HF S-6, but the wire is a pain to dial in (at least the roll I got).Syncrowave 250DX
XR Control and 30A
Airco MED20 feeder
Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
Smith O/A rig
And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at