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Old 08-14-2017, 05:10 PM
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Hello all, was at Harbor freight yesterday to pick up some cutting discs and a electric impact drill. while perusing the aisles happened upon the welding section and noticed that they were carrying a new brand of electrodes. so I figured what the hell, and decided to purchase a pack to try out. today I had the chance and I was amazed at how they performed. not only are they easier to start, but they're also easy to re start. at first I had the Lincoln buzz box at 75 amps and it sounded like a bunch of angry bees cooking bacon was after me. so I lowered it to 60 amp, no problem re starting and it was still a little loud. I took a couple of pictures. electrodes; the top electrode is the new brand and the bottom is the old brand. even the color is different. the second shows the weld that I did. I started with 75 amp starting from the left, but a quarter of the way turned it down to 60 amp. it was still a little loud, but it wasn't gouging the metal.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:27 PM
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Good to go, safety first welding jacket and tennis shoes
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:09 PM
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:48 PM
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Harbor Freight has some newer brands they are pushing, moving upscale from the Chicago Electric, they are using Vulcan for the welding supplies, Bauer and Hercules in the power tools.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:42 AM
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And the Bauer appears to be a respectable drill/driver.Though I only have about 20 hours on it. Give it a couple of years to see how batteries hold up.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:19 AM
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I'm more afraid of my grinder. this is what happened to my welding shirt from my grinding a few months ago. maybe if I can get good at this welding stuff, I won't have to grind so much. this was caused by the sparks.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:56 PM
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I'm more afraid of my grinder. this is what happened to my welding shirt from my grinding a few months ago. maybe if I can get good at this welding stuff, I won't have to grind so much. this was caused by the sparks.
Welcome to the club. I buy a new welding jacket when I notice all my T-shirts have a burn in that same spot
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:05 AM
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We had an apprentice set himself on fire once when grinding, he had oily clothes and up he went, he was thick as a brick, instead of dropping and rolling he just stood there calling for help, someone hit him with an extinguisher. He had a couple of bad burns but recovered OK.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:15 AM
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Setting fire to yourself with a grinder is part of the qualification process I thought?
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:44 AM
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I just opt to try my best, can't always though, to direct the grinding sparks away from me, in a safe direction.

O/A torch on the other hand is a different story, I try to send that towards old grease and oil piles under tractors...
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