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Old 12-18-2010, 09:41 AM
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Currently building an Ice Flyer Iceboat. Need to weld a few components such as the chocks that the blades fit into and the front steering assembly. I am new to welding - purchase a 110 - 120 stick welder from Harbour Freight. Having a hard time striking an arc. Using a new stick it strikes easily. After that I can't get it started. I am reading that this is where it's difficult. Wasting a lot of time - would appreciate any suggestions. Would running a cable from a 220 plug make it easier. Guess they are pretty expensive but I do have a 220 line for the a/c in my back room. I wouldn't be able to do my trailer - which also needs work.

Any help appreciated. Glad to meet you all. Love welding so far and hope to do a lot of playing now that I am retired.

Happy holidays to all,

Mike

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(purchase a 110 - 120 stick welder from Harbour Freight)

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Thanks for the quick and extremely helpful info

I've already received several solutions to my pproblem. I will likely start a photo gallery when the hull of the boat takes shape - will have to wait until after New Years day to epoxy the thing together, but it's good to go at that point.

Can consider it a "hot or cold rod" on ice.

Very lucky to have stumbled onto this site. You guys are the best!!!!

Happy and healty to all,


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3/32 6013 should work ok with that.. 110 machines have a little less power than 220 machines. but ( at least with the 110v 100 amp century I have ) generally, 3/32" 6013 rod is what they weld with best... I use 7014 with an AC 220v machine..

the key is to keep the rod hot. if it is glowing, you can strike that wherever you need, just have to get the technique down.. also, with the 110v unit, I like to ground a peice of scrap with the ground clamp on whatever surface it is near. that way, you can burn the rod hot without making a mess of whatever your welding..
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3/32 6013 should work ok with that.. 110 machines have a little less power than 220 machines. but ( at least with the 110v 100 amp century I have ) generally, 3/32" 6013 rod is what they weld with best... I use 7014 with an AC 220v machine..

the key is to keep the rod hot. if it is glowing, you can strike that wherever you need, just have to get the technique down.. also, with the 110v unit, I like to ground a peice of scrap with the ground clamp on whatever surface it is near. that way, you can burn the rod hot without making a mess of whatever your welding..
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I will likely start a photo gallery when the hull of the boat takes shape -
Can't wait to see it Mike. Take LOTS of pictures as you build and post them up, either in a thread or in a journal. I live on a like in northern WI and have often considered building an ice boat. So looking forward to seeing your progress.
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