Newbie questions - I'm doing ok with my little HF 90 amp flux wire welder and participate in the HF sub-forum here, but now I'm trying a project with my elderly AC 230 Wards welder (about the same as a Tombstone) and I've got enough sense to know I'm over my head.
I need to weld 5/16 plate to 3/8 at right angles. I beveled the upright plate (5/16) intending to put a bead down the grove but all I'm accomplishing is depositing slag on each piece. All material has been ground down to clean metal before welding, and it was clean material to start with.
I tried 6013 rod in 3/32 and 1/8 size then 6011 1/8 size. Welding with the 6011 looks more dramatic but that's the only difference, none are getting any penetration. I tried amps up to 125. Note this is an AC-only welder.
What do I need to know to get this project done with my welder? I don't care if it looks a little rough, it's for farm equipment.