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Lincoln AC 225 Arc Welder

What is a good all around stick number to use for mild steel?
One that will work on rust or dirty up to maybe 1/4" not looking for pretty just something I can have for repairs.

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6013 is the buzz box workhorse..
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6011 or 6013. one of the most important things is the care and storage of the rods. dry storage is a must. pre heating in a rod box helps too. i have had rods go bad in a short time in humid conditions.never let em get wet.dirt it real bad in a weld. rust itsn as bad but its allways best to have a clean surface.
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6011 or 6013. one of the most important things is the care and storage of the rods. dry storage is a must. pre heating in a rod box helps too. i have had rods go bad in a short time in humid conditions.never let em get wet.dirt it real bad in a weld. rust itsn as bad but its allways best to have a clean surface.
6011 will dig in more than 6013 and will handle some crud, which the 6013 doesnt do.

6013 is great for nice clean fillet welds and that is about it imho.

if you have a damp rod, just stick it to the weld metal for a few seconds, then break it loose, the heating of the rod will dry it out fast. Not like a new rod, but makes it usable again.
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I like 6011 myself 7018 is my next pick!

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I use 7018 for most everything on an ac 225.. if I'm using my dads 110v buzz box, the only thing it will burn is 6013 3/32" but it does very well with it
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