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Thread: Forney Welding Products?

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    Default Forney Welding Products?

    I have heard pro's and con's about this company in the past. The local hardware store in my town stock a lot of their MIG and stick welding supplies but come short on the TIG stuff. The owner said he's been getting a lot of customers asking about the TIG consumables he may start stocking more and if I need anything from them he can order it at a descent cost. What's your take on the company?


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    Referring specifically to the Forney stick electrodes, about the only "pro" I've found is that they are readily available at Ace hardware

    I'm a complete noob to stick welding, and even I could tell a marked difference between a Forney rod and a fresh Hobart (6011/6013). The smaller 1lb boxes come in an unsealed cardboard box, which means that the low hydrogen rods (7014,7018, etc) have been stored improperly by the time you leave the store.

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    I've had good luck with their 7014 3/32 in the box. Where I live if you run out of rods your going to drive 35 minutes to a LWS. I have had good and bad luck with Hobart rods from the box stores (Northern Tool & Tractor Supply). I only buy 7018 rods from a LWS, because they tend to sell more and your chances of getting old rods are slimmer. 7018AC I have had good luck from the chain stores. If your hardware store has a descent selection and people are constantly buying welding rods your OK. Moisture kills 7018 rods, and will make you mad beyond belief!
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    i use some of their stuff for OAW welding... specifically the fluxes (i use alum-a-flux for OA welding aluminum) and torch bits and accessories. I wouldn't use any of their electrodes... not because of the quality, but because of how they are stored and kept by the stores. A hardware or box store is not a welding store, and the electrodes i see are in cardboard boxes, or hung on the rack to be bought one at a time. And, since the turnover isn't very high, they sit on the shelf a LONG time. I saw ER70 Tig rods with *rust* on them. 4043 with white corrosion on the rods.
    So, i can't comment on the quality of the electrode, because the quality of the handling and packing is so poor that i wouldn't use them.
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