I just picked up a 50 pound box of E6011 welding electrodes at the PO. Either a pound is getting heavier or I’m getting weaker but I could really tell it wasn’t a box of chocolates. The box was beaten to Hell by people dropping and piling stuff on it but none of the electrodes were bent, stapled, folded or mutilated. I will try them out tomorrow after I swap the winter tires off the gas-guzzler… I was getting low on E6011 and wanted to make sure when I get back in the mood to weld, and the weather is getting quite cooperative, that I’m not interrupted by lack of inventory. If this brand works out I will order E7018 next payday. I’m saving almost $1/pound over driving into Winnipeg and shopping locally and I’ll be a hero for sure with the grand kids after my giant swing is finished.
UPDATE 2017-04-01 I finally got around to using these electrodes. Their appearance is pretty good. The labels are a bit smeared in places and there are a few darker coloured regions in the grey coating. I welded some 1/8 inch thick mild steel angles spot welded into “T” bars. These were painted with epoxy and the bends which come together at the join of the “T” form a deep narrow “V” collect slag with less penetrating electrodes. At 95A+ I could weld all the way down with no slag inclusions and the blast of CO2 from the coating really roasted the paint and blew it away. I welded at 95A+ in the flat position, 90A+ in the horizontal position and 85A+ in the vertical up position. It’s all good. I usually do all my welding in those positions so I didn’t try vertical down or overhead but I see no reason these would not work. I’m quite happy with my purchase.