i have been running 7018 1/8 (hobart) straight out of a freshly opened 50 lb tin. i have been encountering a very annoying problem. i am sure weve all seen it, and its happen to me infrequently in the past. but this time it was almost every stick.
what causes the flux to burn off sideways? i end up having to manipulate the rod all over to compinsate for it. then it will start doing it again. i tried just jammin the rod in the puddle. and i can regain some control.
it was just utterly frustrating. i was running all overhead horizontal t.
i was running a miller legend engine driven. and it could be purely coincedental but i was burning alot of rod, probably 70% arc time. if the machine got a 3 or 4 or 5 min break while i prepped something. it seemed to weld well again for a pass or 2. i am no where near the limits of the machine (besides its a 100% at full amp machine).....could the gen. be getting hot and doing something wrong? or is it just ME?
THANKS in advance..todd
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