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Old 09-13-2018, 09:24 PM
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So what consumables do you keep on your rig? I would like to keep the learning curve as shallow as possible. I really don't want to look like a jackass in front of a customer.

Right now I have

10lbs Lincoln excaliber 7018 3/32
5 lbs fourney 7018 1/8
10lbs fourney 7018 3/32
10lbs no name 6011 1/8

3/32 and 1/8 4043 aluminum tig rod
1/16 ,3/32, and 1/8 70s-6 steel rod
1/16 and 3/32 Stainless
Silver solder

What else should a guy have?

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Old 09-13-2018, 09:28 PM
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All depends what work you’re doing.

What sort of market are you looking at? If it’s general repair work, versus pipeline, versus fabrication, all makes a difference.


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My truck is loaded with what I need on the day of the job. For me an aluminum or SS field repair is rare. Most times I either go out with 7018 or a mig feeder.
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All depends what work you’re doing.

What sort of market are you looking at? If it’s general repair work, versus pipeline, versus fabrication, all makes a difference.


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Well the truth is I don't have a clue. I am about to move in the dry part of Colorado. If the welding is as different as the farms..... Let's just say I have a lot to learn. I would say general repair work, but I have thought about specializing in something but I don't know what. I was an electrician in the Marines, spent time building radio and TV stations, ran a speed shop/powder coating shop, and I have done handyman work. With the odd welding jobs I have I really think I have a good skill set. Just need. To learn where and how to apply it for financial gain.

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My truck is loaded with what I need on the day of the job. For me an aluminum or SS field repair is rare. Most times I either go out with 7018 or a mig feeder.
What size 7018s do you use? I was leaning towards stocking mostly 1/8.

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When I used to work on our crusher spread doing repair and maintenance 90 percent of the welding was done with 1/8" 7018. I think that would be true in any maintenance work.
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From what I've seen, 1/8" 7018 and 1/8" 6010/6011 will do 80% of any General fab or maintenance welding. Some prefer to stock 3/32" 7018 too so they can run the two different rods at the same settings.

Other rod types are job specific, like hard surface or high tensile rods....
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When I was running my business, almost all of my mobile work was steel,
so SMAW, I ran a lot of 6010 and 6011 rod as it was all dirty, rusty, etc.

Also later on I ran flux core wire out of a suitcase feeder off my Trailblazer.

If I was GTAW welding on the road it was always inside a building. But
those were few and far between.

Silver solder is not a bad idea to have on board.

Like mentioned above, a lot is going to depend on what your local market demands. But you have a good start.

You did not mention oxy-fuel, I would look at propylene for your fuel gas if you are going to be mostly mobile.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:34 PM
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I have a 50 amp plaz and a 25 gallon LP tank for conversation to oxy propane and my baby torch

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Old 09-15-2018, 09:40 PM
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I just like 1/8 better. Runs a good size bead, puts down good amount of metal and just "feels" better. 3/32 just feels like you have to multipass everythingClick image for larger version

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