Re: Old Westinghouse
- Stick Electrode welding leads can work for any welding machine. The
terminal ends that plug into your machine's taps may only work on that
machine. Change them to suit the machine. The ground clamp and
electrode holder and cables are tools that you can keep and switch to
other power supply machines if you upgrade later. The electrode clamps
do wear out with use. New cable is not cheap. I always try to buy it
My cables were all purchased from bins, by the pound, at an industrial
salvage vendors yard. You may find good used cable other places, such
as heavy battery jumper cables etc. Ebay could be a good source (watch
out for shipping costs). Dont use too thin a cable. Number 2 or 0
guage is probably minimum for your setup.
You may extend your welding reach by moving the machine closer to your
work with an extension cord, rather than having long welding leads.
That cord needs to be heavy enough for the load of your machine. 10
guage probably minimum.
A few tips: Make sure your electrode holder is good. It should hold
the rods firmly without wiggling. They get loose as they wear out.
Choose the type that is a spring-loaded clamp, so you can quickly
release stuck electrodes before they heat up and are ruined. The
shorting of the electrode strains your power supply too, causing it
heat up, so you want to release that stuck rod quickly. After it cools
a bit you can gently wiggle the stuck rod free from the work and save
it to re-use.