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    Stick or Flux core

    Which is better to build a flatbed for a pickup , stick welder or flux core NO GAS
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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Either one really.
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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Either one or both.
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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Either one if you're building it outside
    Neither one if you're building it inside.
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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Actually I take that back

    If you are using that harbor freight 170 amp welder,

    Don't build it at all.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    I agree with everyone.

    The fluxcore is faster and easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poolbizz View Post
    Which is better to build a flatbed for a pickup , stick welder or flux core NO GAS
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Stick flux might be easier to clean than flux core with no gas. Sometimes the flux residue impacts paint. Otherwise, I agree either.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Unless you are completely proficient in stick welding, don't stick weld it
    If you only have that HF 170 flux core machine, don't flux-core weld it either.
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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Then what would you recommend I get . Stick? which one . Flux core ?, which ... Or ? .
    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Actually I take that back

    If you are using that harbor freight 170 amp welder,

    Don't build it at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by poolbizz View Post
    Then what would you recommend I get . Stick? which one . Flux core ?, which ... Or ? .

    Sounds to me like you have no experience welding and know nothing about welding or welding machines.

    Why you are taking on a big project like this is beyond me.


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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Thank You

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Use what you have.

    Good luck.

    The HF welder just adds to the learning curve.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Learn how to weld before you tackle a project like this! A truck deck isn't that much different than a trailer. You certainly don't want it coming apart when you're flying down the highway. Build a table or some other project that won't have catastrophic consequences if it breaks or the welds don't hold. Welding isn't something where you can just buy a machine and start building projects. You need to learn how to make sound welds and that takes time, lots of time. Think in terms of month's not days to learn how to make sufficient welds. Having a better machine makes it a lot easier to learn but still takes a lot of time. Even weldors with years of experience are still learning how to improve their welding. Welding is lifetime learning to be proficient at it.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    I have a 2001 ford ranger with 340k miles on it and runs great, so been doing welds on it here and there from rust on bed from chlorine . Maybe in 1 or 2 years if that I will remove stock bed and just put a flat bed on it for looks , I pull a galvanized trailer. Any way thanks for your reply. BTW, that HP 170 has the Mod on it .
    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Learn how to weld before you tackle a project like this! A truck deck isn't that much different than a trailer. You certainly don't want it coming apart when you're flying down the highway. Build a table or some other project that won't have catastrophic consequences if it breaks or the welds don't hold. Welding isn't something where you can just buy a machine and start building projects. You need to learn how to make sound welds and that takes time, lots of time. Think in terms of month's not days to learn how to make sufficient welds. Having a better machine makes it a lot easier to learn but still takes a lot of time. Even weldors with years of experience are still learning how to improve their welding. Welding is lifetime learning to be proficient at it.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Got a couple guys say the 170 works.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Thank You..
    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    Got a couple guys say the 170 works.

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    The Harbor Freight 170 welder is a great welder. It is just a cost less than the name brands.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by poolbizz View Post
    Thank You..

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    Re: Stick or Flux core

    Quote Originally Posted by poolbizz View Post
    I have a 2001 ford ranger with 340k miles on it and runs great, so been doing welds on it here and there from rust on bed from chlorine . Maybe in 1 or 2 years if that I will remove stock bed and just put a flat bed on it for looks , I pull a galvanized trailer. Any way thanks for your reply. BTW, that HP 170 has the Mod on it .
    See here's the thing, it's not the process that is inherently better. It is always a combination of the process and the skill of the operator. No one here has any idea of how your welds "here and there" actually are.



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    Chances are you're not producing pic #3 with your HF machine. No offense, just a 99.999999% chance of it being factual. But it doesn't mean you're producing as bad as pic #1 or #2. But we don't know.

    Do you now see the dilemma from our perspective? Don't get me wrong, I'm not the best welder, far from it; I'm a hobbyist. But I have posted pictures of my practice pieces including cutting & etching, many times. I practice, and practice, and practice. Then I check, and check again, and check again. You're trying to circumvent all of this as if the answer we give you will bestow upon you the ability to create sound, adequate welds. No advice will do that, at least not within a quick time-frame.



    Given that I have done what I'm about to ask you.....how about you show us how good you really are at both processes, in all joint configurations, in all welding directions. Produce samples of butt-welds, lap joints, inside corner joints, outside corner joints and all of those joints in the flat position, horizontal, vertical up, and overhead positions. Then cut and etch each sample properly to show the profile of the weld fusion. If you do that, then lots of folks here will tell you quite quickly which process you are better at. But at that point, you may not even need our advice......
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