Flux cored welding is a type of welding that makes uses of a continuously fed tubular electrode. Electrical power is passed through this electrode which causes it to melt as soon as it makes contact with the weld joint. Lincoln flux core welders are one of the most popular and efficient products on the market and are used in light fabrication, farm, auto and home projects.
What is flux cored welding?
This is a process that makes use of an electrode and may or may not make use of an externally supplied shielding gas when depositing the welding material on the joint. The electrode is made from a metal sheet with a mixture of several mineral compounds along with powdered metals too. During the process of welding, the weld bead is covered by a slag that is made by melted and solidified flux. This helps to protect the nature and shape of the weld joint and is easy to remove after welding.
In addition, flux cored welding brings together the ability of MIG welding with a solid electrode, therefore, making it possible to be used in welding contaminated base materials.
An overview of the Lincoln flux core welder
The lincoln flux core welder remains one of the most common and basic welding tools you can find on the market today. Due to its intuitive design, it is both cost-efficient and user-friendly and does not require a lot of expertise or experience to use. However, it is also limited in the sense that it cannot really handle heavy-duty jobs like structural or ornamental welding.
Also, the Lincom flux core welder requires you to take several safety precautions during use. It gets extremely hot due to drawing much power required for arc welding, and also generate harmful UV light that could damage your eyes after prolonged exposure. Health practitioners advise that you do not look at the light directly. Instead, use the appropriate PPE while working.
How do I use the Lincoln flux core welder?
Although the machine is relatively easy to use and is more suited to domestic or little projects, it is important that you learn the proper steps to use it. They are:
Gather your equipment and safety kit
Firstly, make sure you have all the tools required for that specific project at hand before beginning. Before starting, put on your safety kits for self-protection. Examples include safety glasses, gloves, welding masks and more.
Clean your metal’s surface
Yes, flux welding is famous for getting away with even the dirtiest surfaces, it is still good that you clean the surface of the metal you intend to weld. You can make use of a grinder, wire brush or other appropriate equipment. This dramatically improves the quality of your welding.
Cut and set up your metals
Here, you can proceed to cut your metal into the desired shape after taking all necessary measurements. Take this step seriously because poor measurement can ruin your whole product.
Turn on the welder and adjust settings
You have several options to choose from and depending on how thick the material is, you can increase or decrease its setting. The higher the voltage and wire speed, the thicker the material it can be used to weld. Try to test weld on scrap materials to be sure the settings are on point.