I was welding some door hinges with my cousins Bobcat welder and I burnt the hell out of my shirts. I usually don't get a lot of spatter when I stick weld and I didn't have a welding jacket or sleeve protectors. I was using 3/32" 6011 and 5/32" 6010. The 5/32" didn't trow as much spatter but I had to use the 3/32" first to avoid burn trough. The Bobcat wouldn't adjust for crap. It would either stick the rod or spit sparks with one small adjustment to the fine adjustment. I was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and long sleeve thermal and it burned trough both. I only had to burn about 15 rods. The arc was even harsh with a 6013 in the flat position.
Any suggestions as to why it was so harsh of an arc or is this normal?
I used my friends older Bobcat with the 4000 watt ac generator and the arc was good.