Solid welding wires are still in use in the NZ welding industry and there'll probably always be a place for them in a number of applications, especially by small end-users.

When MIG welding, a shielding gas is required, usually an Argon mix such as 75-80% Argon and 20-25% CO2.

The shielding gas protects the molten weld pool from atmospheric contaminants, however it is more difficult to weld with in site work when exposed to wind. 

Care needs to be taken to protect the integrity of the weld.

Generally speaking, solid wire provides deep penetration in the root and usually has less spatter in comparison to most flux-cored wires which have a higher deposition rate, better sidewall fusion and rounder penetration profile.   

Although solid wires are most popular with small trades, DIY or sheet metal workers, the productivity gains and reduced bottomline which can be found using flux cored and/or metal cored wires have seen most large scale welding work, particularly structural, switch to cored wires.

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  • AWS : 5.18 ER70S-6  ISO : 14341-A G 42 A 3 C1 Z or ISO :14341-B G 49 A 3 C1 S12 MC-50T is a solid wire whose arc stability is good at low current ranges (short-circuiting arc range) and…

  • AWS : A5.10  ER5356 AS/NZS ISO : 18273  S Al 5356   Developed for welding wrought and cast aluminium with addition of 5% Magnesium.  Intermediate deposit strength and good ductility and corrosion resistance for the GMA welding of a range…

  • AWS : A5.18 ER70S-6 AS/NZS 14341:  B G 49A 3U C1/M21/M24 S6 WeldSkill precision layer-wound solid wires are copper-coated steel wires for all-positional Gas Metal Arc welding of mild and low alloy steels. Suitable for use with Argon-mix or CO…

  • AWS : 5.10 ER4043 ER4043 aluminum filler materials are silicon-aluminum composite filler metals generally used for welding of 6000 series base metals. Brazing of 1100 and 3003 types is also possible with the free flowing 4043 type. Available in 0.9,…

  • AWS : 5.10 ER5356 Cost effective, small 450g/1lb spools. Available in 0.8 - 1.2mm diameters, ideal for tradesmen or home use. Technical Specifications Enquire × Product Enquiry Close

  • TEC SW065KG Cost effective solid wire for smaller jobs. Ideal for home handyman or small trade use. 0.6 - 0.9mm, available in 1 and 5 kg spools.  Enquire × Product Enquiry Close

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