I didn't want to intrude on the other post, but I've always wanted to learn welding so I picked up a Hobart 140 last week. Made a little D.I.Y. parking stand for my rear blade as my second welding project. First project was welding an old hitch on the rear of my box blade so I could move my trailer around.
Welds were ugly but it held until I accidentally dropped the blade off the forks directly onto the hitch and it broke off. So this morning I ground everything off and tried it again.
First pic is the parking stand and second is round two with the hitch. I think I need to extend it up and down from the gap more, but at least it looks better, to me anyway. To my untrained eye, it appears to have gotten a little penetration. I know we have some accomplished welders here, so any tips on things to try from here to improve?
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