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Old 10-07-2018, 09:48 AM
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I need some 6010 and 6011 welding rod and I can get Hobart rod at Fleet Farm for about 22.00 for 5lb. I looked on e-bay and I can get no-name sent from Indiana-- 10lb for 24.00. The reason I hesitate to order rod is, a couple years ago I got some no-name rod ( I don't remember where I bought it) and it was JUNK. I don't know where it was made, but I ended up throwing it away. Have any of you mail ordered rod or have any experience with any of this e-bay rod or is there a certain name-brand that is VERY good that you like to stay with ? The rod I have now (6011) is great and welds fine, but I don't remember where I got it. I just don't want to end up with some low quality stuff I have to get rid of.

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Old 10-07-2018, 10:06 AM
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the best 6011, I’ve ever used is the Lincoln Murex EasyArc E6011C, it’s a grey rod, not the brown colored shit sold by Lincoln (Fleetweld 180 and 37). It can produce a certifiable weld (hence the C), yet is very smooth and can be easily run by the small inverter welders.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:41 PM
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I have good luck with Hobart 6011 from Fleet. Otherwise I agree with Jack, Murex is good stuff. 7018 - Hobart is ok, nothing beats Lincoln Excalibur.

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Old 10-07-2018, 02:37 PM
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I too primarily use Lincoln Excalibur, but also have use lots of ESAB AtomArc 7018
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Old 10-07-2018, 02:51 PM
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the best 6011, I’ve ever used is the Lincoln Murex EasyArc E6011C, it’s a grey rod, not the brown colored shit sold by Lincoln (Fleetweld 180 and 37). It can produce a certifiable weld (hence the C), yet is very smooth and can be easily run by the small inverter welders.
What ?

I thought you liked the white rod, wasn't it Airco ?

Was there a shift in the force ?
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Old 10-07-2018, 03:34 PM
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I never used any of the cheap ebay rod but I've heard the fumes can give you a good buzz.
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Old 10-07-2018, 04:04 PM
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What ?

I thought you liked the white rod, wasn't it Airco ?

Was there a shift in the force ?
yes, the Airco/Lincoln/Murex EasyArc is actually light gray, but yes that’s the rod I use.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:42 PM
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Being the only farmer on the planet that doesn't run 60xx, all's I can comment on in 7018. (Get more than mildly pissed at the "farmer rod" thing)

Excalibur...….great puddle visibility, easy to remove slag. Like it for vertical up. Restrike sucks, and the flux likes to fall off if you even wink at it.

Hobart......easy restrike. But the slag is a total absolute friggin PITA to remove. Puddle visibility is ok. I hesitate to use the variety you find at the ag stores, and big box stores. I CAN'T FIND THE SPECS FOR THAT PARTICULAR ROD, AND IT BOTHERS ME.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:50 AM
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(Get more than mildly pissed at the "farmer rod" thing)
I thought that comment referred to 7014, not 7018.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:56 AM
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I always thought farmer rod was wet 6013
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