Welding Stainless Steel??

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Does anybody know much about welding Stainless steel?

I am looking to add some larger treads to a stainless steel spade and presume welding would be the way to go?

Is there anything I need to aware of before getting it done? I did wonder about brazing instead but I am not sure it would be strong enough?
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Probably end up easier just buying a spade with the shoulders of the blade already bent over.
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Have you got a MIG welder? A 240v hobby machine with mild steel wire and regular argoshield gas will weld stainless, no problem :thumbsup: .....no need for TIG/pure argon or stainless steel wire on that sort of thing.

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I use my stick welder for such job's. 1.6mm stainless rod's amps around 75. i've knocked out many modified garden spade's over the years.
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Bors wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:22 am Probably end up easier just buying a spade with the shoulders of the blade already bent over.
I did mate, but they are not big enough...Given the current restrictions I bought on line so it was hard to weigh up exactly how big they were...
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Allectus wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:03 am Have you got a MIG welder? A 240v hobby machine with mild steel wire and regular argoshield gas will weld stainless, no problem :thumbsup: .....no need for TIG/pure argon or stainless steel wire on that sort of thing.

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Cheers A, but I don't have welder, and as you can see from my questions, I know nothing about welding..
Have had a word with a mate who does a bit and he says if I make the treads, he will do the welding for me once the restrictions lift...
tone wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:58 am I use my stick welder for such job's. 1.6mm stainless rod's amps around 75. i've knocked out many modified garden spade's over the years.
Cheers Tone, it's a skill I have always wanted to learn, but never got around to it. I've looked on eBay, and it seems I can get a couple of rods fairly cheaply so I will double check what sort my mate needs as I have no idea of his welding set up...

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Pete E wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:24 pm Have had a word with a mate who does a bit and he says if I make the treads, he will do the welding for me once the restrictions lift...
So is welding currently banned there? :Thinking:
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Easylife wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:16 pm So is welding currently banned there? :Thinking:
No, but driving over to take the spade is...This house is near a local beauty spot that the police are patroling fairly frequently at the moment...
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Pete E wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:14 pm I did mate, but they are not big enough...Given the current restrictions I bought on line so it was hard to weigh up exactly how big they were...
I`m a bit puzzled as to what you mean by "not big enough " Pete to be honest ?

So , that said ,I would presume your wanting bigger shoulders to stop your boot slipping off when digging, if the ones on already on aren't to your liking .
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I've wrecked a few boot soles before I got a pair with a built in digging plate. Maybe that would be a better solution?
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Easylife wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:43 am I've wrecked a few boot soles before I got a pair with a built in digging plate. Maybe that would be a better solution?
Its Metal ? So surely you`d stand a good chance of picking it up with your detector ??? :shock: .
I `ve even picked brass lace - eyelets in my Boots before now . :cry:
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Bors wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:37 am Its Metal ? So surely you`d stand a good chance of picking it up with your detector ??? :shock: .
I `ve even picked brass lace - eyelets in my Boots before now . :cry:
My boots are 100% composite so no metal at all. :thumbsup:
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Arrh.👍 but whats the instep "plate" made of then ?
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Bors wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:11 pm Arrh.👍 but whats the instep "plate" made of then ?
I'm not sure but it's not metal, 'Impact Shield' TM.
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