Douglas Alpenstock wrote:A few more details please?
From my limited knowledge hardfacing rods are used a lot for putting layers of hard steel down on tractor
buckets. The idea is that the beads wear down instead of the bucket
, because those buckets are VERY expensive!! At my college they're actually refurbishing a relatively small one...even it would go for $10,000 canadian so they are no joke. I took some photos of the case I've got the rods in for more info.
They're 1/8" so not too big or anything. Run on AC or DC+. I used DC+ and it worked beautifully. The HRC rating is 55-60, which I just learned stands for Rockwell Hardness score. Here is a site
describing the very basics. "Crucible Industries says CPM S30V steel has an ideal hardness of 58-61 HRC and gives knifemakers the different responses to heat treatment temperatures." So that sounds good to me.
This case of 10 electrodes was $22 CAD...so not cheap but still far less than $10,000 for a new bucket! Or for me far cheaper than actually buying hardened steel to make my splitting blade. I know someone who also made a kindling splitter did this before me, but I forget who. Feel free to chime in if you're reading this, mystery welder.
Quote off the case as it's hard to read: "Recommended for the hardfacing of plow blades, excavation equipment, guide and transport rails, chisels, scrapers, bucket teeth, and kindling splitter blades. " I added the last one lol.
Top paragraph: "Electrode all positions for rebuilding steel and low alloy parts, manganese subject to abrasion, moderate impact and metal to metal wear."