I hear you slipshod. I was never a GREAT stick welder, but could do OK, the MIG I still fight with. Getting better, but still a long way to go. Hard to let the michane control the rate if the "rod" going down. Most of my welding plans were for body panels, so realy needed one though. Granted, all I have realy used it for has been thicker steel. Got to find myself and old stick welder. Wish I stil had my dads old Hobart,but that got sold after he passed.Originally posted by slipshod
The old girl works just fine. It has 18 amperes settings on it. I have not needed to fine tune my arc or penetration any more then that. My thoughts are that the machine did not get used too much even though it is dated. The technology for AC arc welding with a stick stays the same even today. Besides I have my new Mig, with the Mig my learning curve is much greater. It is proving to be completely different then sticking an arc.