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Old 05-01-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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At least I didn't waste my money on a flux core , it's the neighbor's and he will be getting it back soon.

I'm almost done welding the floor panels in but if you are doing any form of welding on thin sheet metal and want it to look good, don't waste your time with a flux core .

Get a Mig with gas and do it right. But for the floor since I'm buying a rubber floor mat for it, it will do fine.
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i agree i have a lincoln 180 and haven't bought a bottle yet so just been running flux core i quit wasting my time trying to do thin sheet metal
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i agree i have a lincoln 180 and haven't bought a bottle yet so just been running flux core i quit wasting my time trying to do thin sheet metal
This one don't even have a dial to adjust the amp, just a switch between low and high.
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You would be surprised on how good these little s will do with gas. My dad has had one for years. The duty cycle kind of sucks, but what do you expect for $100?
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Flux core is not bad. I do all my cages, frames, axle tubes etc. with a 110v, 135amp Lincoln . Great weld penetration. Flux core wire is for welding heavier metal. Using solid wire with gas is good for sheet metal. Because it doesn't produce the heat the Flux core welding. Using the right machine for the right job. just like using the proper tools for any job. So don't blame the machine. Blame the user.
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Flux core is not bad. I do all my cages, frames, axle tubes etc. with a 110v, 135amp Lincoln . Great weld penetration. Flux core wire is for welding heavier metal. Using solid wire with gas is good for sheet metal. Because it doesn't produce the heat the Flux core welding. Using the right machine for the right job. just like using the proper tools for any job. So don't blame the machine. Blame the user.
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I have a old 110 flux core I bought in 1987 still works like a champ.
I take it in the camper when I go wheeling. The generator will run it and it doesn't take up alot of room.

I even have a spool of flux core wire I use in my 220 gas mig. The penetration is great and if your outside the wind doesn't bother the flux.

Like The Old Man said (don't blame the machine.)

Sheet metal and a flux machine you need to learn to stitch.

I'll bet you were trying to weld some rusty metal weren't ya???
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Make certain too that what your borrowed is loaded with is “Self Shield” flux core wire and not “Dual Shield” wire. Dual shield while having flux, still requires the use of a shielding gas.
I would not use either on thin sheet metal but self shield is great for vertical and overhead, dirty metals, outdoor use, and tight spots (no need for the nozzle).
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The polarity must be switch on most s when using flux verses gas wire. Something else to check??
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Boy, ya'll don't read too well!!

I specifically stated if you are welding thin sheet metal and want it to look good, don't waste your time with a flux core.

Also this campbell unit didn't have any variables and no information on what low and high is amp wise. If it had controls like the Lincoln 135 it would be a better machine, but this one was seriously lacking. It didn't even have gas hook for this unit. It did have Self Shield wires .030" diameter. I got the floor welded in and no I didn't weld "rust" together. All area that was to be welded was solid metal as I cut the rust out.

Not my first rodeo with a flux-wire gents, but at the moment it was all I was able to get my hand on and I was able to get the panels welded in place.
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