Thread: DIY Welder
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:28 AM
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Default Re: DIY Welder

I have no problem finding amp ratings for electrodes, but I was wondering what the minimum operating voltage is for welding and/or what is a decent voltage setting that would make a functional welder, I know that it requires higher voltage to start the arc, but little voltage is required for the actual welding, keep in mind that the material in question being welded is just scrap bikes and mild steel, my rod of choice is a e6011 3/32 because it is readily available and it seems feasible to make a welder operate with in the amp range of that rod.

I could go down to a 1/16 rod, but will that work for frame construction? It would mean I could make a much less efficient transformer.
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