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  • #16
    Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
    That stuff ain’t cheap.
    True, but the hardfaced skid has lasted nearly two seasons. The hardfaced skid could go longer, but I would rather not wear the parent metal. The original skid without hardface only lasted one season. I don’t think that I will need very many rods to hardface the area in the red box. I did purchase the hardfacing rods on EBay, so they weren’t too expensive. Ray said that he will drop off the skids next time he is in the lower peninsula of Michigan, which should be in a few weeks. Keep in mind that the upper peninsula gets a ton of snow. Here is a picture of Ray plowing his driveway last week. If you look carefully you can see one of the skids.

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    -Don
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #17
      Good deal, Don! Glad you could help your buddy out like that.

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      • #18
        So I finally stick welded some Stoody XHC hardfacing rods on Ray’s skid. I made a solid pad of hardface on the wear area shown above. I also added a bead of hardface longitudinally on the edges of the skid. I did this because the wear was most severe on the edge of the skid.

        Skid showing the hardface that I added.
        Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_1529.jpg Views:	0 Size:	193.5 KB ID:	620396 It took me a while to get nice looking beads. At $2 per electrode, I didn’t want to practice too much. The electrodes also behaved very differently compared to the Rockmount hardfacing electrodes that I previously used, which Ryan sent to me.

        Here is the bottom view of both skids.
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        I painted the skids so they look nice. I used my 1000 watt shop light to help bake the paint.
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        -Don
        Last edited by Don52; 05-04-2022, 06:28 AM.
        Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
        Miller Dynasty 200DX
        Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
        Lincoln LE 31 MP
        Lincoln 210 MP
        Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
        16" DoAll Saw
        15" Drill Press
        7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
        20 Ton Arbor Press
        Bridgeport

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        • #19
          That stuff I sent you was also pretty old, so that might have had something to do with it.

          Looks good!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
            That stuff I sent you was also pretty old, so that might have had something to do with it.

            Looks good!
            I don’t think that the age of the rods that you sent had anything to do with the problem that I experienced with them. Once I figured out how to use them, the Rockmount electrodes that you sent to me worked fine. One of the electrodes would weld fine for about one inch and then extinguish. I checked with Rockmount and they said that my voltage was too high, which caused the rod to burn up a into the coating causing a deep cup on the end of the electrode. I switched from my Dynasty 200DX welder to the Lincoln 210 MP and it welded fine. (The 210 MP welder has a lower open arc voltage compared to the Dynasty.)

            This time I had the opposite problem. I had to increase the arc length as I welded along, to keep the arc going out. I found that increasing the DIG function and the welding current from 125 to 130 amps helped. The longitudinal welds on the edge of the skid were the last beads that I made and they looked much better than the previous ones. (I didn’t try it but perhaps the Dynasty, with the higher open arc voltage might have worked better.)

            -Don
            Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
            Miller Dynasty 200DX
            Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
            Lincoln LE 31 MP
            Lincoln 210 MP
            Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
            16" DoAll Saw
            15" Drill Press
            7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
            20 Ton Arbor Press
            Bridgeport

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            • #21
              Hardfacing rods certainly have a different feel to them.

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