Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39
  1. #1
    Veteran Member irvingj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    2,258
    Location
    Etna, NH
    Tractor
    2005 MF GC2310 TLB

    Default Not pretty, but...

    Didn't know if I wanted to put a pic of my welding on here, I'm strictly a beginner!

    But I decided that I just couldn't live without hooks on my FEL any longer, and I don't have a large arc welder so I grabbed my oxy-acetylene set and started out....

    Did the first hook (center) with my right hand on the right side, then tried the torch in my left hand for the left side; won't try that again. Not pretty, but I think it'll hold OK. Second hook went better, had a better idea of how much heat to use. One more hook to go.

    Any comments? (How'd the student do?)

    Should I even bother to try the wire-feed I have, or would that just not be up to the task? (It's a Lincoln 115V SP-125 PLUS with no gas, just flux-core wire.)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Not pretty, but...-1-center-rt-side.jpg   Not pretty, but...-1-center-left-side.jpg   Not pretty, but...-2-rt-rt-side.jpg   Not pretty, but...-2-rt-left-side.jpg   Not pretty, but...-two-hooks-.jpg  

    '07 GC2310 TLB, 2360 snowblower, 2325 MMM, Bro-Tek thumb, Woods GTC40-2 tiller, Woods RB-60 back blade, KK TYR-60 landscape rake, DR 60" Power Grader
    '05 VW Jetta Wgn TDI
    Numerous antique Japanese motorcycles

  2. #2
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    396
    Location
    Barossa Valley, South Australia
    Tractor
    Duetz DX3.70, Fendt 305LSA,260S & 205P,Kubota B6100E & 3 x B5100E & RTV900, Caterpillar 428C

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    Don't know if the Lincoln would be up to the job but I'd say your welds look good for O/A.

    They should certainly hold.

    When I have ****** welds I smear some "No More Gaps" in the cavities prior to painting - no one will know!

  3. #3
    Super Star Member k0ua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    12,786
    Location
    Branson, Mo.
    Tractor
    Kioti DK35se Hydrostat

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by allenr View Post
    Don't know if the Lincoln would be up to the job but I'd say your welds look good for O/A.

    They should certainly hold.

    When I have ****** welds I smear some "No More Gaps" in the cavities prior to painting - no one will know!

    Oh sure, let our secret out to just everybody!

    Really I think most of the welds look pretty good, the left handed one is not as pretty, but you knew that. I bet they stay stuck!

    James K0UA
    James KUA

    Kioti DK35se hydrostat with 2 QA buckets, 48 inch. King Kutter Rotary Cutter. 750 lbs ballast box. Loaded tires, Construction Attachments SSQA Lightweight Pallet forks. EA 50 inch single lid "wicked" Grapple. Satisfied Everlast PA160 welder owner How to add a link to a post . Best way to search TBN


  4. #4
    Gold Member HiTechTed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    296
    Location
    Indiana
    Tractor
    Kubota L3400

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    I have a Lincoln Pro 100 wire welder and I use it for everything (including my bucket hooks). I have welded 1/4" and even thicker with it using multiple passes and it works, although I throw the breaker a lot on thicker metal. It's what I have so I use it and so far all my welds have held!

    I'd say give yours a try, but make sure to use good wire in it (like Lincoln-branded wire). It makes a big difference. And for the record, your torch welds probably look better than my torch welds would...

  5. #5
    Veteran Member gwdixon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,396
    Location
    Northern CA

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    With a little grinding and a cover pass of flux-core that left side weld might look better. You might even use it all around to spruce things up.

  6. #6
    Elite Member Shield Arc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    3,680
    Location
    Figuring the picking points of jelly donuts.
    Tractor
    John Deere, 4200

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    The first picture looks the best, but you need to add more filler to the crater. All the other welds I'd grind out and do again!

  7. #7
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,924
    Location
    NH seacoast & Coos County
    Tractor
    Kioti DK45S

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shield Arc View Post
    The first picture looks the best, but you need to add more filler to the crater. All the other welds I'd grind out and do again!
    I second that !! Cleaning it up & knowing it won't fail is better than hoping it won't fail & being wrong. MikeD74T

  8. #8
    Veteran Member irvingj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    2,258
    Location
    Etna, NH
    Tractor
    2005 MF GC2310 TLB

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    Thank you all for the great suggestions! I really hadn't thought of adding wire feed as filler before painting.

    HiTechTed, thanks for the tip, though I have no idea what brand the wire is- bought the machine used, for a great price.

    I, too felt it was more important to get deep penetration (don't we all wish for that- oops, sorry!) than to have it look good, though a smooth appearance is nice. I made sure metal was good & hot and almost melting as I was adding filler; that much I learned --the hard way-- from the class I took a year or so ago. Saw a couple of my "jobs" pop right apart with a moderate hammer rap.
    '07 GC2310 TLB, 2360 snowblower, 2325 MMM, Bro-Tek thumb, Woods GTC40-2 tiller, Woods RB-60 back blade, KK TYR-60 landscape rake, DR 60" Power Grader
    '05 VW Jetta Wgn TDI
    Numerous antique Japanese motorcycles

  9. #9
    Elite Member Shield Arc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    3,680
    Location
    Figuring the picking points of jelly donuts.
    Tractor
    John Deere, 4200

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by irvingj View Post
    and almost melting
    That's a problem right there! You want the metal melting before you dip the filler.

  10. #10
    Veteran Member irvingj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    2,258
    Location
    Etna, NH
    Tractor
    2005 MF GC2310 TLB

    Default Re: Not pretty, but...

    'K- Thanks for the tip! I wasn't sure if I was remembering that part correctly.
    '07 GC2310 TLB, 2360 snowblower, 2325 MMM, Bro-Tek thumb, Woods GTC40-2 tiller, Woods RB-60 back blade, KK TYR-60 landscape rake, DR 60" Power Grader
    '05 VW Jetta Wgn TDI
    Numerous antique Japanese motorcycles

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Recycling old implements - making them pretty
    By ctgoldwing in forum Build-It Yourself
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-31-2009, 02:45 PM
  2. pretty new hoe --
    By Unregistered2013 in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-12-2009, 01:58 PM
  3. BX24 seat is pretty comfortable . . .
    By farmerdoug in forum Owning/Operating
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-22-2009, 12:22 AM
  4. building a "Pretty" Barn
    By gmason in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 04-29-2002, 05:32 PM
  5. Pretty close to a deal
    By Mrwurm in forum Buying/Pricing/Comparisons
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-12-2002, 11:57 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2013 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.