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  1. #1
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    Old Welding Rods

    I was given a few hundred KG's of welding rods a lot of packets each one weighs nearly 4.5KG they are at least thirty years old. I was wondering are they safe to use? they are sealed in plastic in green boxes perfectly dry there is no marks on them to say were they were made of came from.

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    i regularly use rods purchased in the 90's with no problems. these rods were sealed in metal cans and kept out of the weather tho. if in doubt run a few test plates and do the cep bend test; (a fillet weld and beat it with a sledge)
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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Depends on the type of rod, but many types are not all that sensitive to moisture. If they are not rusted or have chipped coating, look up the type of rod and go from there.
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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Should be fine. I have a few 50lb cans of Lincoln rods from the 70s. 6010 and 7018. The 7018s didn't work that great but the 6010s ran fine. No issues. However, it seemed liked they went bad very soon after opening the tin. The flux fell off several of them. Ran them with my shorthood and bobcat.

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Where would I locate some of these old rods they should like they are in my price range

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    I went in to my local Airgas asking for a couple of oddball rod types. The counter guy scrounged around in the back for about 10 minutes. Didn't find what I wanted, but gave me about 25 pounds of different old rods, some sealed. Free.

    The place used to be National Welders.
    "USMCPOP" First-born son: KIA Iraq 1/26/05
    Syncrowave 250 w/ Coolmate 3
    Dialarc 250, Idealarc 250
    SP-175 +
    Firepower TIG 160S (gave the TA 161 STL to the son)
    Lincwelder AC180C (1952)
    Victor & Smith O/A torches
    Miller spot welder

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Just be wary of possible asbestos in the coating.

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Quote Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
    Just be wary of possible asbestos in the coating.
    I avoid that asbestus I can. I probably got a snootful of that working a summer job, cleaning out some boiler fire boxes. Dirty job.
    "USMCPOP" First-born son: KIA Iraq 1/26/05
    Syncrowave 250 w/ Coolmate 3
    Dialarc 250, Idealarc 250
    SP-175 +
    Firepower TIG 160S (gave the TA 161 STL to the son)
    Lincwelder AC180C (1952)
    Victor & Smith O/A torches
    Miller spot welder

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    Re: Old Welding Rods

    Quote Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
    Just be wary of possible asbestos in the coating.
    That was at the back of my mind they are dry and always stay down wind thanks for the reply's. These rods are eastern block made they came from an auction at a sugar beet plant that was taken down.

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