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Old 11-29-2019, 01:21 AM   #91
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I have an associate of science in welding from a junior college. But I suck at welding. So I started doing some welding on my used Kubota Excavator KXO18-4. I welded the thumb on and a couple of D rings. It looks rough like bird **** but it sticks and is working. My instructors always told me practice practice practice. So I guess I will burn a little rod I have a bunch of old 7018. Again thanks for sharing your projects.
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I have an associate of science in welding from a junior college. But I suck at welding. So I started doing some welding on my used Kubota Excavator KXO18-4. I welded the thumb on and a couple of D rings. It looks rough like bird **** but it sticks and is working. My instructors always told me practice practice practice. So I guess I will burn a little rod I have a bunch of old 7018. Again thanks for sharing your projects.
If you have old 7018 you will probably have a hard time as it traps moisture. If you want to practice buy new 6011 rods from a top brand which will make it a lot easier. Out in the trail I used to keep some and left them on the dash heater to warm them up.

I keep my 7018 in the house and only bring it out if I need them.
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If you have old 7018 you will probably have a hard time as it traps moisture. If you want to practice buy new 6011 rods from a top brand which will make it a lot easier. Out in the trail I used to keep some and left them on the dash heater to warm them up.

I keep my 7018 in the house and only bring it out if I need them.

just throw the 7018 in the kitchen oven for an hour or 2 and it will dry out, but even for practice or non structural it will weld just fine even if not in an oven...
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just throw the 7018 in the kitchen oven for an hour or 2 and it will dry out, but even for practice or non structural it will weld just fine even if not in an oven...
They burn hotter than 6010 or 6011 if I remember right
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They burn hotter than 6010 or 6011 if I remember right

it all depends on what the welder is set at....6010 and 6011 are fast freeze rods good for dirty or rusty steel even though you should try and grind clean but not always possible.
7018 is a higher strength rod and should be used on cleaner steel..
different rods are made to weld different applications...
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Practice makes perfect. And if you do crappy welds, grind and start over. You can only do that where a grinder will fit.
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