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    Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Hey Guys,

    I bought few off the below sticks from ebay.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Aluminiu...53.m2749.l2649

    They claim to be able to weld Aluminum.
    Anybody has any experience with these brazing sticks on Aluminum?
    I am yet to try them.
    Please let me know your experience with Aluminum and copper and other brazing with these sticks.

    thank you

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    They do stick aluminum together. Also replace galvanize coating. Low temp doesn't equate to low heat on 1/8 and greater. Takes a little practice and patients to wait for the material to flow. But it does work. It will make future repair difficult if you decide on a different process.

    I was watching a video recently. Some high end manufacturer was using it to seal plugs.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    They do stick aluminum together. Also replace galvanize coating. Low temp doesn't equate to low heat on 1/8 and greater. Takes a little practice and patients to wait for the material to flow. But it does work. It will make future repair difficult if you decide on a different process.

    I was watching a video recently. Some high end manufacturer was using it to seal plugs.
    What did you mean by "Also replace galvanize coating"?
    Did you use any kind of flux with it?
    Thank you

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    It is a zinc product. It can be used to replace where galvanized coating has been ground or burned off. Not sure how ot compares to the actual rod made for that purpose, but it does work and matches a fresh galvanized finish.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    It is a zinc product. It can be used to replace where galvanized coating has been ground or burned off. Not sure how ot compares to the actual rod made for that purpose, but it does work and matches a fresh galvanized finish.
    Can you please tell me how you would use these brazing sticks to galvanize steel?
    I mean, does it simply stick to the surface of steel(provided steel surface is clean)like paint?
    That would mean it can be used to braze steel as well, wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldBig View Post
    Can you please tell me how you would use these brazing sticks to galvanize steel?
    I mean, does it simply stick to the surface of steel(provided steel surface is clean)like paint?
    That would mean it can be used to braze steel as well, wouldn't it?
    One way to find out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post
    One way to find out!
    Of course.
    Time to get dirty, I think. )

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    This guy has a great video that compares 6 different brands of aluminum welding rods. He runs a series of calibrated tests on melting point, tensile strength, etc, and a few of the brands don't come close to what they claim for performance.



    I started looking at these rods as a cost-effective and easy way to weld aluminum, and I think they would work for a bird feeder, coffee table or similar application. For real structural stuff I think Mig or Tig is the only way to go.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Just apply heat and let ot flow. Never tried to braze/ stick steel steel together. Just applied a in with the zinc finish. I used harbor freight alumaweld. Posted photo on here somewhere?

    Where is the lady... Who used to advertised that stuff on holidays.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    I did the aluminum brazing thing last fall. The "welds" looked really good. I followed instructions from a video that made it look easy.

    It took a long time to get my aluminum up to temperature such that it would melt the brazing rod. After a couple days, the brazed joint cracked. Yes, I cleaned the snot out of the joint.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    I hope op is not trying ro replace a machine with brazing rods. It is limited on applications.

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    I get so many alum repairs form customers trying the alum braze/propane torch thing on engine or auto castings. Had one yesterday. Got to remove ALL of that rod, and pad the hole or crack up with with fresh alum filler usually er4943. I charge double or triple the price for my trouble and they have also ate the cost of the braze kit. Same goes for them using JB Weld. They marvel at my results and I get a longtime customer.
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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon View Post
    I get so many alum repairs form customers trying the alum braze/propane torch thing on engine or auto castings. Had one yesterday. Got to remove ALL of that rod, and pad the hole or crack up with with fresh alum filler usually er4943. I charge double or triple the price for my trouble and they have also ate the cost of the braze kit. Same goes for them using JB Weld. They marvel at my results and I get a longtime customer.
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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Did this a couple of years ago. It i 3/4 tube with 10 guage wall. Beveled the outside edges of the intersecting tubing. Only cleaned with a brush.

    I would not suggest it for anything critical.

    Had a builder call me from another state. The had sold some cabinets to a hotel. The pulls were random belt buckles. The builder needed a few repaired at a local hotel. She emphasized using JBweld/ epoxy for the repair. But, I am a welder, I can get it done. Secured the parts. Noticed they were nonferrous....thought, I got just the stuff for this repair(alumaweld). 1st and only attempt... Over heat the metal, distort the buckle , jewel fall out.

    Anyway, $500 per or $100 /JBWeld. The builder knew I was not weldable, each time we spoke she kept emphasizing epoxy. They just wanted them repaired.
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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by Burbman View Post
    This guy has a great video that compares 6 different brands of aluminum welding rods. He runs a series of calibrated tests on melting point, tensile strength, etc, and a few of the brands don't come close to what they claim for performance.



    I started looking at these rods as a cost-effective and easy way to weld aluminum, and I think they would work for a bird feeder, coffee table or similar application. For real structural stuff I think Mig or Tig is the only way to go.
    Of course, I tend to agree with that. I'm only considering these brazing sticks for light work that doesn't need much structural strength.
    I think though, this would be OK with either building or repairing a small bicycle trailer using bits and pieces from an Aluminum baby pram.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    Just apply heat and let ot flow. Never tried to braze/ stick steel steel together. Just applied a in with the zinc finish. I used harbor freight alumaweld. Posted photo on here somewhere?

    Where is the lady... Who used to advertised that stuff on holidays.
    Tell me more about that stuff and the lady pls.

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    Re: Aluminium Welding Rods Low Temp

    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    I hope op is not trying ro replace a machine with brazing rods. It is limited on applications.
    No, of course not.
    I found the Alumweld sticks here. Similar stuff to my OP I think.

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/consolid...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

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