I just bought my first stick welder

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dbcooper, Jan 10, 2017 at 5:31 PM.

  1. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    I have had a Hobart MIG welder for over 10 years, its a 130 amp , 120V unit
    works great for what I need most of the time.

    A friend of mine got a older stick welder in a trade bundle and didn't need it. He felt like he owed me something from a heavy duty ball hitch I gave him that I had sitting around so he ask if I wanted it and I said sure, he did say that he wasn't sure it if worked.

    I got it today and plugged it in and tried it out and it works like a champ. I tried a few different rods with good results on mild steel. The only thing is that it needs a ground clamp and a new stinger lead, the one it has is made up mostly of electrical tape.

    After I seen it worked, I just couldn't not give him something for it, so I showed up at his work and slipped him some cash for it, he tried to refuse, but I said he had no choice.
    Here is a pic of one I found on the net, mine is just like it except the dial indicator is missing on the handle, no biggie.
  2. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Nice catch. You have good friends.

    Just be careful welding those sticks. The wooden ones may catch fire.:p

  3. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    Nice pick up DB. I haven't welded in years but I'd like to pick one up myself. There's plenty of tinkering projects I could get into with one.:D
  4. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    having owned a welder and building my own projects like steel patios, shooting targets and other things for years, I honestly cannot imagine not having a welder around
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM
  5. tedwitt

    tedwitt Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I have welded stick for years, I bought a mig and my grandson had to show me how to weld with it. I still can't get the hang of it.
  6. One Shot

    One Shot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    If you have to use 7018, a high frequency unit will make your life much easier. :)
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  7. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I had that same welder. Used it for 25 years. My son burned it up making a trailer.
  8. joe45c

    joe45c Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Great get. I can see all kinds of targets springing up at camp cooper now!;)
  9. tuckerd1

    tuckerd1 Moderator Supporting Member

    I have one just like it in my garage. It works just fine for the jobs I do. The heaviest thing I may do is repair some tractor attachment such as a box blade.
  10. rawright54

    rawright54 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    Bullhead City, AZ
    Nice catch, DB. I've got several welders, and the only one I really know how to use is the gas system. I need a bunch more practice!
  11. ysacres

    ysacres Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wazzu WA
    She's a craftsman, We use those to thaw out frozen water pipes.
  12. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    exceed the duty cycle?
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  13. drec

    drec Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2015
    Pacific NW
    I have a Miller SD180 Square Wave, that I use the stick welder a lot more than the TIG. I bought it to weld sheet metal, but I've been gas welding to long to give it up.
  14. 2A-Jay

    2A-Jay Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2016
    Yelm, WA
    At the pawn shop where I go look for guns, they have one like for sale, it has been for sale for nearly 3 years now, they have a $250 price tag on it, sitting right next to a Lincoln red box that has a price tag of $100 on it (with cart and facemask)

    Good catch!
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  15. Designer

    Designer Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2016
    Ames, IA
    Those cheap springy ground clamps are junk! When mine gave up, I attached the lead to a small C-clamp and it works way better than the original.
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