Just spent the late morning and early afternoon welding up a project with 7014.
Even though I have been welding for a while, my sticks of preference were 6013 and 7018.
Since I started with an AC box, I also ran 7018AC.
Also, since moving to a DC box, I run 6013 for most of my work, and some 6010 for the rough stuff
No offense to anyone, but once you "discover" DC welding, you rarely go back to AC.
Nice thing about learning with AC stick, when you do have to use DC 6010, you are used to the splatter and rough transfer
Brian posted how much he liked 7014 so I thought I'd give it a try.
Interesting. I guess a bit smoother than 7018. But to me, and it may be my imagination, not quite as smooth as 6013. Well, maybe NO SMOOTHER than 6013? Hard to tell. There is a lot to be said for using a perticular stick for years and getting used to the way it transfers to the work. It may be that I am just used to the sticks I usually pick, so the 7014 is just "new" to my methodology.
Also, I guess you can't tell by 4 or 5 hours of welding how well you really prefer a new (to you) electrode.
It does give a fairly nice bead, and it is smooth. The transfer is fast enough, and, let's face it, VS 6013, sometimes you really could use the extra 10 psi tensil strength.
When I wanted something to stay together, I always chose 7018.
All in all, nice electrode. Good to have in the arsenal.
Food for thought to those that, like me, never drew a spark with it yet.
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