People from /diy/, i need your help. I just started stick welding, but when I try to strike an arc it just sparks sometimes and can't get a nice arc going. Anybody know what the problem could be?
On the picture you can see my welding machine. The maximum is 160 Amp's and it's made for 230 volt. The diameter can vary from 2 till 4 mm.
Several factors can be at play here.
Are you on the right polarity?
What is the thickness of metal?
What type of metal are you trying to weld?
What electrodes are you using?
Some common mistakes. The usual, travel speed, angle and distance. Make sure you got those down pat.
partly it's because you suck, but mostly it's because your welder is the cheapest AC buzzbox that can be bought, these turds literally cannot keep a 6011 lit, and that's assuming you don't overheat it trying to arc up.
sucks to be you.
Heat up your rods in a oven. I've used that model before( under the hf brand) and they weld pretty good. Are you sure that you are all hooked up right? Not saying your stupid but a guy asked me why his lincoln was spattering and hey used the working clamp to hold the electrode and the whip to hold the work piece.
>This is a very important aspect, if you don't know duty cycle of your welder look it up.
It's also possible that you're a bitch nigga who can't start an arc for shit and you'll never get better. Argon shielded Mig welders are your friend if thats the case.
OP, some combination of higher amps and/or smaller diameter stick should help.
I like the highest amps possible without burning right through the metal.
I've got a cheapy $99 Ironton welder (just for hobbies) that will work just fine. Don't listen to the buyfags that tell you to spend $1000. Start with lighter metal, more amps and then only turn it down when you burn through. Good luck!
Because you bought a piece of shit welder I'm not sure if its said piece of shit welder or you not having the skillz to strike an arc.
Return that piece of shit welder and get a Lincoln tombstone. They are only $300 and if you can't afford that, you shouldn't be buying a welder period. I just don't understand why people always insist on cheaping out.
because they dont know the difference.
and to further the problem, sometimes there is no difference. sometimes the brand name tool has the same parts as the cheap knockoff tool. then again, sometimes not.
i got an everlast tig welder. it was like 500bux with a foot pedal. it works awesome for the price.
>thinks everyone has $500 to spend on something that may not pan out.
It's one thing when you can borrow someone else's stuff to learn on or have a big budget, and another when you have nothing to start out with than a desire to learn a new skill.
I have very little budget, and for me to get into welding, I had to show usage that paid off the cost of the tools. I have shown my work to welding professionals and surprised them when I told them I'm using the cheapest HF stick welder. One guy thought I had used a mig. That's how good my welds are coming out. Stop being an elitist dude.
Again, gotta have the money to spend it first. And no, there isn't a machine that anyone will pay retail for what you have in your garage, unless they're stupid. Reselling the better machine will lose more money than what the cheap machine cost me. A $300 machine new, resold I will be lucky to get $200 trying to sell it myself. The cheap machine cost me $70. Hmm, out $70 or out >$100.
There's no such thing as budget if you're willing to save money for the tool you want.
>show god tier with shit tier
You won't. You can learn to weld with a basic cheap arc welder but it won't compare to a good bead produced by a time served welder with a quality mig or tig
>in b4 what's the point
Throw yourself in at the deep end. Arc has its place but if you want to really get into welding, go for mig. Spend the money on a good machine and it will help. And as mentioned, if you feel it's nor for you, you can get some money back selling on with a decent machine.
Buy second hand to start. You can get a better machine for less. Might need some work but again. Another learning curve that will help on your way.
I'm saying to buy into a flux core set up is cheaper but in the long run it's way more. Your paying 80 bucks for 10 lbs of flux core while I can buy 50 lb of mild steel wire for 48.50. It add up real fast and in the end gas shielded is cheaper that flux
man…i see you in every welding thread spouting the exact same line about miller. i've used several machines from lincoln and miller. i'd like to know how you came to your "opinion"?
slightly off the topic but what do you guys think about this ESAB? I got it for free from my father-in-law since he bought a better model and so this one was obsolete, I know lot about weldin, but no so much about what machine makers are good, so far I've only used finnish made kemppi's wich seem to work pretty well, and so does this, but what do you guys think? is this like the rolls royce of welders or a completely useless piece of hobbyist shit?
it has 180 amperes DC and seems to work well as mentioned and my father-in-law used at his work, (he is a plumber of sort, installs sprinkler systems and such)
>I have shown my work to welding professionals and surprised them when I told them I'm using the cheapest HF stick welder. One guy thought I had used a mig. That's how good my welds are coming out.
thats such bullshit anybody familiar with just basic welding can tell right off the hop the difference between a GMAW and SMAW weld whoever you asked is fucking retarded