- May 31, 2011
- upstate nj
I thought that looked decent for 7018, then went back and read the 120V flux core part. Yikes.
I stick welded all 60,000 lbs of W beams and heavy wall tubing in my building. Mostly 7014 because I built in the pouring rain and 7018 would go to shit before I burnt the first rod from the box. 250 syncrowave got a workout for sure.
I am astounded with how strong stick welds are. A lot of bracing I took apart, just the little 1/2" beads had to be cut. They wouldn't break.
I would have gone 6010 or 6011 but a 70 series would have worked too without issue...I have a 120 Lincoln wire feed and while I used to to weld a frame on a s10 I wouldn't use it for structural and that thing can burn .035 fc in good. Sometimes good ol stick welding is the way to go.