Stick Electrode Selection

Stick Electrode Comparison – Mild and Low Alloy Steels
Selection of the correct electrode (stick) for your conventional ARC welding job is key to getting the best results.
AWS Class Polarity Description
Fast Freeze, Out-of-Position, Mild Steel Stick Electrodes
E6022 AC Developed specifically for roof decking and other applications where burnthrough spot welding on sheet metal is required. Great for galvanized or plated steel, as well as on steel that is painted or dirty.
E6011 AC Great for making tack welds under Innershield deposits. Use on plated, dirty, painted, or greasy steel. It’s an outstanding stick choice for AC pipe welding, for applications that require deep penetration, and in jobs where x-ray quality welds are required.
E6011 AC Operators consistently give this electrode high marks. This product is a proven performer for AC pipe welding applications and sheet metal welding. A great electrode to use on jobs where the steel is not clean.
E6011 AC Got a small AC welder? Here’s your electrode! Offers excellent arc stability for excellent performance with power sources as low as 50V open-circuit voltage (OCV). A great stick electrode with the ability to start easily on low open circuit voltage welders.
Fast-Fill, High Deposition, Mild Steel Stick Electrodes
E7024-1 AC When the project involves large welds, you cant pick a more user-friendly electrode! Operators appreciate smooth bead and high deposition rates. A great general purpose electrode for single or multi-pass applications.
E6027 AC When the job demands x-ray quality welds, high deposition rates, and excellent wash-in. Designed for peak performance on multiple pass welds, and fast-fill single pass welds.
Fill Freeze, High Speed, Mild Steel Stick Electrodes
E6013 AC Here’s a terrific all-position electrode for low amp welding on sheet metal — especially in applications where appearance is important. For excellent performance with smaller AC welders with low open-circuit voltages. It’s an excellent choice for jobs involving irregular or short welds that require a change in position.
E7014 AC Features high deposition rates for fast performance. Operators love this easy-to-use, all-position electrode! Choose for sheet metal lap joints and fillet welds, general purpose plate welding and maintenance jobs.
Low Hydrogen, Mild Steel Stick Electrodes
E7018 H8 AC/DC AC? DC? This electrode performs beautifully either way! 7018AC is a great choice for low open circuit voltage AC power sources. Cold re-strikes are no problem with this versatile, all-position electrode.
E7018 H4R AC A low hydrogen stick electrode designed for all-position welding on mild steel. Smooth arc, excellent strike and re-strike capabilities, self-peeling slag and extremely low spatter levels make Excalibur® the industry’s premium brand of low hydrogen electrodes. For a mild steel, low hydrogen electrode with industry-leading arc performance and operability – choose 7018 MR.
E7018-1 H4R AC A low hydrogen stick electrode designed for all-position welding on mild steel with impact properties down to -46°C (-50°F). Smooth arc, excellent strike and re-strike capabilities, self-peeling slag and extremely low spatter levels the industry’s premium brand of low hydrogen electrodes. For a mild steel, low hydrogen electrode with industry-leading arc performance and operability – choose 7018-1 MR.
E7028 H8 AC A low hydrogen electrode designed for high deposition welding applications in the flat and horizontal positions. premium line of low hydrogen electrodes featuring excellent slag release, arc stability, resistance to starting porosity, and puddle control.
E7018 H4R AC Great for jobs on mild steel and some high-strength low-alloy steels. It also tolerates high sulfur and high silicon steels.  features higher tensile strength for the stress-relieved properties.
E7018 H4R AC A top-choice electrode for welding on thick sections and restrained joints when cracking is an issue. It’s also a good call when the project involves hard-to-weld steels. offers high deposition rates.
 Low Hydrogen, Low Alloy Steel Stick Electrodes
E7018-A1-H4R AC A low hydrogen stick electrode is designed for all-position welding of 0.5% molybdenum low alloy steels.
E8018-B2-H4R AC A low hydrogen stick electrode designed for all-position welding of 1.25% chrome, 0.5% molybdenum low alloy steels.
E8018-C1 H4R AC The ideal moisture resistant electrode for welding on equipment and pipe that transport liquid ammonia, propane and other gases. An excellent all-position electrode for applications requiring a nominal 2-1/4% nickel deposit.
E8018-C3 H4R AC 8018-C3 MR is a 1% nickel all position electrode for fabrication or repair of 1% nickel steels, as well as a wide variety of other low alloy and carbon steels.
E9018-B3-H4R AC 9018-B3 MR is a low hydrogen stick electrode designed for all-position welding of 2.25% chrome, 1% molybdenum low alloy steels.
E9018-M H4R DC+ Intended for welding high strength steels of 90,000 psi (620 MPa) tensile strength and higher.
E10018M-H4R DC+ A low hydrogen stick electrode designed for all-position welding of a variety of carbon-manganese, chromium-molybdenum and low alloy steels. A smooth arc, excellent strike and re-strike capabilities, self-peeling slag and extremely low spatter levels make  the industry’s premium brand of low hydrogen electrodes. For a low hydrogen electrode capable of exceeding 690 MPa (100 ksi) tensile strength – choose 10018-D2 MR.
E11018M-H4R DC+ Designed primarily for joining high strength steel types in the as-welded or stress relieved conditions with excellent low temperature impact properties and robust welding procedures. All-position welding, except vertical down.
E6010 DC+ Ideal for steel that’s less than 100% clean. It’s a first choice for pipe welding, and vertical-up and overhead plate welding. This electrode is a long-time favorite among operators who handle cross-country and in-plant pipe welding.
E6010 DC+ A great choice for welding on dirty, rusty, greasy or painted steel — especially in vertical or overhead applications.
E8010-G DC+ Here’s an electrode that makes short work of even the most challenging high silicon pipe applications! Shield Arc 70+ is an outstanding choice for API 5LX-56 through X-70 grade pipe, as well as for a wide range of sheet metal welding assignments.
E7010-A1 DC+ Need a reliable, all-position stick electrode? Here’s your electrode! Shield-Arc 85 produces a 70,000 psi, 1/2% molybdenum weld deposit for use on 1/2% molybdenum pipe steels and API 5LX-42 through X-56 line pipe.
E9010-G DC+ An all-position pipe electrode that’s a great choice when the task is vertical down welding on API 5LX-70 through X-80 pipe. SA-90 also performs well in situations where low hydrogen processes are not practical, and when welding on dirty steels.
E7010-G DC+ Tendency for finger nailing and electrode sticking have been virtually eliminated! Designed for all passes of API 5LX-52 through X-65 high strength pipe. Provides a clean, visible weld puddle and superior puddle control.
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