I've gotta disagree with you on this point, go buy a box of p-auto 7018, burn that, and then try some ESAB, even someone who has only burnt up one or two boxes will be able to see a difference
I don't think you're giving hobbiest enough credit, there are some very good hobby welders out there, plenty of guys that have the knack, just don't do it for a living
No that's fair i haven't had the pleasure of burning princess auto rods I did once buy 1lb of 3/32 7018 from lordco once I think it was called fire rod or somthing. But ye it was bad like rebaked wet airliquide one hit flux falls off and had the slag like Hobart when it did work.Agreed. Personally I don’t think welding is that tricky, at least for just gluing two pieces of metal together and leaving a decent bead behind. Now overhead or vertical stitching with a stick I’d struggle, even stainless I found a little different
Even @Susquatch ”should” be able to lay a decent weld with some help
And I didn't mean to discredit hobbists but I think when it comes to practice any brand will help you learn and burning any rod is better then not burning rods at all. As welding is mostly just practicing various positions over and over and trouble shooting. That and it's cheaper to burn the crap stuff and save the good stuff for projects
I have worked with a few ticketed welders over the years who couldn't weld to save there life and boggles me how they pass b pressure and or keep their cwbs valid. I have also seen things hobbists have produced that have better quality then most avg welders can produce because the level of attention and care are miles higher then the avg welder who can get sucked into the good enough mind set which I'm guilty of aswell sometimes.
But I think as a hobbists it's easy to get sucked down the "if I don't have the best and greatest 'insert brand of welder or rod here' I cant produce anything of quality". I think having quality tools and materials goes a long way but when your first starting out I think it's more achievable to use what you can afford or have access too then upgrade later I've used some shitty equipment over the years and can still produce good quality work it just takes a bit more effort.
I personally would rather be able to build stuff with shit tools then just dream about building it. Kinda like my cover for my RPC I don't own sheet metal shear or brake of any kind I used the corner of my welding table and 3$ rubber mallet and a piece of tin from a IBC tote cause I had it laying around lol. Would of been a lot easier if I owned the tools for doing it just having found the space yet to get that stuff
So I guess in summery of my rant lol don't let the little things stop you?