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    Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    I have been having trouble with my electrode holder coming off of the lead, but the electrode holder I bought to replace it because of this problem is worse about it. what electrode holders and leads do you guys use, and how do you connect them so that they don't come apart?

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    That’s an unusual problem.
    Is the welding lead too small for the clamp?
    A pic of welder,cables,electrode holder might
    be helpful (and/or interesting).
    400 amp Bernard short stub and
    tong type holder that came with Thunderbolt
    work fine for me on both#4 and #2 cable.
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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Another thing that pulls cable out of the handle..…………...pulling your leads around by the stinger. Tempting when you're in a hurry, but will work the cable loose over time.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Another thing that pulls cable out of the handle..…………...pulling your leads around by the stinger. Tempting when you're in a hurry, but will work the cable loose over time.
    I’m glad you posted that. It’s such a common sense thing I wouldn’t have even thought to mention it.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Part of the problem is the set screw doesn't grab all of the strands of the cable.
    I like to cut a piece of copper tubing that just BARELY fits over the cable strands then tighten the whole assembly under the set screw.
    I also agree with what Farmersamm said. When you need to move hold the stinger in one hand and grab the cable with the other!

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Quote Originally Posted by rexcormack View Post
    Part of the problem is the set screw doesn't grab all of the strands of the cable.
    I like to cut a piece of copper tubing that just BARELY fits over the cable strands then tighten the whole assembly under the set screw.
    I also agree with what Farmersamm said. When you need to move hold the stinger in one hand and grab the cable with the other!
    well you just found your problem, most if not all electrode holders come with that copper piece you want to make, maybe it fell out of the bag when you opened it up, but that is your answer...

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    yeah you need that copper piece. even a bit of steel will do.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Quote Originally Posted by rexcormack View Post
    Part of the problem is the set screw doesn't grab all of the strands of the cable.
    I like to cut a piece of copper tubing that just BARELY fits over the cable strands then tighten the whole assembly under the set screw.
    I also agree with what Farmersamm said. When you need to move hold the stinger in one hand and grab the cable with the other!
    this! the duro type holder use to come with a piece of curved copper for fitting between set screw and stripped cable. now i just use a piece of plumber's copper tube. i worked with someone that silver soldered the cable into the holder socket but to me that's kind of drastic.
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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    I like to put a little dielectric grease on the allen screw and give it a good bull hunchin’.
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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    I use a piece of copper tubing and one of those swage tools to seat the cable in it, then the set screw fits really tight and the swaged end won't come loose as easy.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    I make my own crimped fittings to add a little strain relief to my ground clamp connections. Sort of the same scenario as electrode holders.




    They’re not idiot proof, but then again I never drag cables around by pulling on the clamps or rod holders.


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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    I cut a longish strip of copper flashing (from a rich folk house!), clean it, & wrap it around the strands two times or so.
    Much more flexable than copper (plumbing) tube.
    Works for me.
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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    If your cable is small, you can always fold it over before you put it in the holder.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    well you just found your problem, most if not all electrode holders come with that copper piece you want to make, maybe it fell out of the bag when you opened it up, but that is your answer...
    It was in the new stinger but was very thin and flimsy!
    Copper tubing worked much better.
    Been doing that for years.

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    Re: Looking for a quality electrode holder that doesnt come off the lead

    Dunno. When I arc or tig the lead is wrapped once around my forearm. The grounds give me fits sometimes.

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