I bought a new Harbor Freight welder yesterday and got the 240v wired in today. So I got to play a little. Here are pictures of my first beads ever! Ugly as sin, but they are the first steps in being able build some of my own trail armor.
All you experienced welders feel free to tell me just how bad these welds are, as long as you follow it up with how to fix it.
My first three attempts all running into each other.
Attempt number four is prettier, but I don't know how to know for sure how well it is penetrating.
By the way, all ye neigh-sayers about the Chicago Electric welders, it will blow a hole straight through 1/4" plate. It just did it (oops).