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sb327:
Iíve seen some really pretty looking welds fail and I have seen some that look like a pile of chicken poop last for years.

I started out with a cheap 110v welder years ago and learned (the hard way) how to make it work for my needs. Now I have a mig and a Lincoln idealarc ac/dcÖfeels like Iím cheating when I weld now.

Thatís a pretty neat welder you got there.

Dave

customcutter:
That's a neat looking set-up.  Like I say about mini-lathes, any lathe is better than no lathe.   A little practice and you'll be laying down dimes. ;D

mikeyb:
I have a very similar model direct from China ~$50 (Banggood.com). Works on 110Vac but works MUCH BETTER on 208-220Vac.

If you have never welded before, be patient and PRACTICE! Like shooting a springer accurately it takes a lot of practice.

Many tutorials on youtube but my favorites are these from Steve Bleile. I learned a LOT from these videos, but still needed the practice before my welds started to look good ;-)

Steve Bleile Arc Welding 1 & 2




Using my tiny welder I repaired a broken hinge (1/8"-3/16" wall tube) on a dump-bucket (holds ~700lbs of damp spent brewery mash) and shortened the height of a forklift backrest extension (1/2" thick steel bars).

Welding rod was 1/8" 7018 and I used a custom adapter to connect it to a 208Vac 20A circuit.

Spent hours grinding off old parts and laying down beads to repair parts on the bucket. Welder never got warm or tripped the breaker.

Similar time spent on the backrest extension. Welder was set to MAX current, got a little warm, and breaker tripped one time.

Overall the repairs/mods went well and the tiny welder is still working.

Looks like yours can handle 220Vac also? If yes then 1/8" rods will work.

Most of these little welders have a low Open Circuit output voltage (~30V, like mine) which means they will not work well with 6010-6011 rods. If yours has a high OC output voltage (~60+V) then 6010-6011 series rods may work well.

If you don't already have one, get an auto-darkening helmet. All my welds improved dramatically after I put the old flip-down helmet in storage. Many auto-dark helmet options starting ~$20. I have a $25 and a $50 autodark helmets and they both work just fine for SMAW, TIG, and Flux Core Wire welding. They are also good for eye/face protection on big grinding projects.

Good Luck & Happy Welding!

JuryRigger:

--- Quote from: mikeyb on October 02, 2022, 10:28:32 AM ---I have a very similar model direct from China ~$50 (Banggood.com). Works on 110Vac but works MUCH BETTER on 208-220Vac.

If you have never welded before, be patient and PRACTICE! Like shooting a springer accurately it takes a lot of practice.

Many tutorials on youtube but my favorites are these from Steve Bleile. I learned a LOT from these videos, but still needed the practice before my welds started to look good ;-)

Steve Bleile Arc Welding 1 & 2




Using my tiny welder I repaired a broken hinge (1/8"-3/16" wall tube) on a dump-bucket (holds ~700lbs of damp spent brewery mash) and shortened the height of a forklift backrest extension (1/2" thick steel bars).

Welding rod was 1/8" 7018 and I used a custom adapter to connect it to a 208Vac 20A circuit.

Spent hours grinding off old parts and laying down beads to repair parts on the bucket. Welder never got warm or tripped the breaker.

Similar time spent on the backrest extension. Welder was set to MAX current, got a little warm, and breaker tripped one time.

Overall the repairs/mods went well and the tiny welder is still working.

Looks like yours can handle 220Vac also? If yes then 1/8" rods will work.

Most of these little welders have a low Open Circuit output voltage (~30V, like mine) which means they will not work well with 6010-6011 rods. If yours has a high OC output voltage (~60+V) then 6010-6011 series rods may work well.

If you don't already have one, get an auto-darkening helmet. All my welds improved dramatically after I put the old flip-down helmet in storage. Many auto-dark helmet options starting ~$20. I have a $25 and a $50 autodark helmets and they both work just fine for SMAW, TIG, and Flux Core Wire welding. They are also good for eye/face protection on big grinding projects.

Good Luck & Happy Welding!

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Thanks-will watch the videos later  :D
I do already have an auto-darkening helmet; also a flash jacket-good gloves too...
Also have a 220V welder circuit; however I'd need to purchase an extension cord for it (around $75, already considered future upgrades  ;D); as I have to do my welding outside-shed is loaded with sawdust, and also holds some of our firewood-sparks are a big no-no in there, LOL... (Especially considering it's so close to the house  :o)
Thanks for the info regarding OC voltage and rods, looks like mine is in the mid-twenties-might have wished I didn't just order those 3/32 6010's....  :P
Oh well, will see-at least should get an idea if it could run 3/32 6013's on 120V...
Thanks!
Jesse

JuryRigger:
Well, she does burn 3/32 6010 electrodes on 120V with no issues; can't say how well they run as they act a lot different than the 6013 did-but can say it sure is a deep-penetrating rod.... Drag too fast, and you get a trench  :o


Took me several tries to get anything resembling a bead, on 1" thick CRS...
Still haven't watched the videos-watching YT can be a real adventure depending on how badly the internet is deciding to run at any given moment, LOL!...
Jesse
edited to add-the blue marked beads were on the steel when I got it, somebody used the block as a test piece for their MIG welder... ;)

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