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Old 04-20-2012, 09:03 PM
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Here's the situation. I have an old (about 20 years old) baby stick welder. It's made by AAA Mfg. I am going to guess that it puts out about 70 amps. I will check the sticker tomorrow. I have some 1/16 6013 and some 1/16 7018ac and either 3/32 or 1/8 6013s. On the highest setting, I can hardly get the big stuff to start. The 1/16 rods are an issue too. They stick. Seems like the only time you can get them to really start is after they get hot enough from sticking that the coating cracks Then part of the time they start. I know that this thing is a pig. It was my first welder. Is it me or the machine?
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:27 PM
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Well it's only rated for 70 amps and that was when it was new! It's to low for 1/8 in rods should be about 90 or 100 plus.

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:25 PM
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A/c only? Or A/C D/C?
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:31 AM
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Just A/C. Wish it was A/c D/C then I might be lookinginto using it for a power supply for tig.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:44 AM
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Got a pic of it? My buddy has a Lincoln Hobby stick welder that welds tiny rods pretty good...Bob
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:33 PM
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The sticking is normal . You will learn to deal with it. After a wile it will sort of go away. I would only use the smallest rod you have

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:15 PM
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Depends a lot on your purpose. I bought the small inverter welder from HF for small stuff and portability. I know some will scoff at the idea but this thing is great. Welds dc smooth up to 1/4 inch with care. Much easier to run a bead than a small AC type buzzbox. Also have a Linc 180 c mig and a Miller Dynasty 200 DX. The HF one I take along to the lake, never know when you can help someone out of a tight spot.
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I bought the small inverter welder from HF for small stuff and portability. I know some will scoff at the idea but this thing is great.
Not me. Scoff, I mean.
I've been tempted to buy one of those little guys just to play with and I've never run a successful bead with a stick welder in my life. Only tried it twice.
Nor have I ever thought I needed to.
I guess the only thing that's stopped me is that I haven't put any time in thinking of a good name for it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:34 PM
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I guess the only thing that's stopped me is that I haven't put any time in thinking of a good name for it.
China Doll, perhaps?

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Old 04-21-2012, 03:57 PM
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I have a V155S and a V160S. Both are DC only inverters, the 160 is older. I can run stick with them or tig just as good as any other machine. They will run on 110 or 220. 110 is usually enough for the stuff I do with it. Usually TIG. The 155 does not take a foot pedal. Set and forget it. Both have crisp and smooth selection for stick.

Don't knock those little welders, they make me money. It beats towing the ranger 250.

For the guys AC only 70 amp welder it will do small jobs with small rod and some cussing.

Use it, get the hang of it.

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