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    Old Stick Electrodes Worth Keeping?

    Hi Guys,

    I ran across some old stick electrodes the other day cleaning out my garage. I don't know much about stick welding, nor do I own one, but I do plan to get one at some point in the future. Are these welding rods worth keeping to use at some point or are they junk? No idea what kind of electrodes they are, but I did include a number of pictures to help identify. If they are junk, can you scrap them or do they go straight in the dumpster? Thanks!
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    What numbers are on the side of the rods near the bare end?

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    Most work it work great.
    I would put in oven for few hours just dry out the rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I ran across some old stick electrodes the other day cleaning out my garage. I don't know much about stick welding, nor do I own one, but I do plan to get one at some point in the future. Are these welding rods worth keeping to use at some point or are they junk? No idea what kind of electrodes they are, but I did include a number of pictures to help identify. If they are junk, can you scrap them or do they go straight in the dumpster? Thanks!
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    Heck yeah you should keep those! Obviously you wouldn't want to use them for code work, but for most anything else they should be fine. If the flux isn't crumbling off they should still work. That McKay Hardalloy 55 is a hard-facing rod for building up things like loader bucket cutting edge and teeth. Buying that sort of rod is pretty expensive, and handy to have around just in case you get an oddball project. I don't recognize the other packaging, but the rods should be marked. Worst case they'll be great for practicing when you get a stick welder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-ManBart View Post
    That McKay Hardalloy 55 is a hard-facing rod for building up things like loader bucket cutting edge and teeth. Buying that sort of rod is pretty expensive, and handy to have around just in case you get an oddball project.
    Just don't try to use it for anything structural, because it has like zero ductility!

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    Re: Old Stick Electrodes Worth Keeping?

    Looked a bit closer and the markings i see on different rods are:

    6013
    11018M
    6012
    7011

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Looked a bit closer and the markings i see on different rods are:

    6013
    11018M
    6012
    7011
    https://www.red-d-arc.com/pdf/Weldin...ifications.pdf

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    Ooh eleventy eighteen! Thatís a keeper! I would keep them all. Those are perfectly good rods.


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    Hardfacing rods are usually more tricky to run in my opinion. Probably not the best to practice with

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    7011 is that like a 6011 with 10k more tensil strength?
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    7011 is that like a 6011 with 10k more tensil strength?
    Well.... not necessarily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    Just don't try to use it for anything structural, because it has like zero ductility!
    True....I should have been more specific. An oddball project that calls for a hard-facing rod
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    Re: Old Stick Electrodes Worth Keeping?

    I make stuff from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    I make stuff from them.
    You betchee,they never get too bad for that,,,,,,,,,unless they rust,and I just sand it off and useum anyhow. Old and partially used rods in various diameteirs are my go to for gap fill backer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    You betchee,they never get too bad for that,,,,,,,,,unless they rust,and I just sand it off and useum anyhow. Old and partially used rods in various diameteirs are my go to for gap fill backer.
    Interesting. I bet that'd make a good Youtube vid, Shade Tree Welders gone crazy j/k sounds like something I'd try now that I've read about it on the forums.
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    The hard rods are really strong. Put old piece of hose over, bend, lots of ways to hang or attach them.
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