In some cases, you may also opt for the E7014. As an all-position welding rod, the 7014 is generally used for welding low and mild alloy steels with concomitant iron-powder covering. This iron powder coating usually produces a high deposition rate. The end results are smooth beads with very fine ripples. The use of E7014 is advantageous if poor fit-up exists. Moreover, you can easily remove the slag it produces, and in most cases, the slag falls off by itself.
The numbers “7014” are not randomly chosen numbers to represent a particular welding rod. Every number in the electrode’s name corresponds to a particular value or reference. The first two numbers, for example, of the E7014 corresponds to its tensile strength.
The 7014 is characteristically easy to handle, and its use is easy to learn. Moreover, you can quickly make nice beads using your right hands with this type of rod. Furthermore, is not a low hydrogen electrode, the E7014 can be easily stored away and does not necessitate strict storage requirements. It is also very user-friendly and compared to the 6013, it is easier to handle and produces great deposition rate.
One characteristic of E7014 is that it is not vulnerable to moisture unlike the 7018 which if you store it in a damp place will end up not producing quality weld because the E7018 usually loses its low-hydrogen property when stored in the wet area.
Applications & Uses of the E7014
7014 Welding Rod Amps & Settings
As a “fast-follow” or as a fill-freeze SMAW electrode, the E7014 is somewhat similar to the E6012 or E6013 when it comes to characteristics. Although if you are a regular user of these three electrodes, you would surely notice a tinge of difference between the E7014, E6012, and E6013. When doing vertical-up or overhead welding, based on my experience, it is better to utilize the low-end current range of around 100 to 145 amps for DCEN and 110 to 160 amps for AC.
You should increase your currents incrementally as little as possible if your current is a bit at the low end until you reach the ideal setting at 110 to 120 amps. You should be getting good results for 1/8″ diameter, especially, if you are doing vertical-up or overhead. When doing a vertical-up, it would be good to utilize a triangular weave. Start by welding a shelf at the joint’s bottom, and then, later on, add a layer over upon the layer. Avoid weaving wider than 2 1/2 or more than three times the electrode’s diameter. You would surely get the hang of it as you go on with the triangular weave.