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Weld Star ArcTrode E6013 RC Electrodes (4.0mm) 5kg

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  • Weld Star 6013
  • 5kg Pack – 4.0mm
  • Mild Steel



AWS A5.1 – E6013

A 5kg pack of Weld Star ArcTrode® E6013 RC Electrodes (4.0mm).  Good quality, yet at an attractive price point the Arctrode 6013RC rods combine the best of both Rutile and Cellulose.  This combination improves arc stability and reduces spatter, which decreases the time spent post-weld cleaning.

With excellent weldability in all positions,  6013 electrodes are widely used throughout a wide range of industries and for numerous types of applications. These include workshop and repair welding of mild and low alloyed steels.  They are arguably the most common of the welding rods.

While re-drying is not largely a requirement, if needed they can dry for 1 hour at a temperature of between 100°C and 110°C. ArcTrode RC Electrodes are suitable for machines with a low Open Circuit Voltage (to a minimum OCV of 42v).

Rutile – an oxide mineral composed of predominantly Titanium Dioxide (TiO²),  makes up part of the flux composition.  This flux gives a smooth bead appearance while also maintaining a stable arc. Furthermore, slag removal requires minimal effort.  Burning of the rod produces Carbon Dioxide shielding gas from the Rutile composite in the flux.

Cellulosic – while there is a smaller amount of cellulose in E6013 electrodes as compared to cellulosic electrodes (e.g. E6010) it still plays an important role.  Cellulose releases fairly high levels of Hydrogen gas during the welding process, which assists in the protection of the material being welded from contaminates such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen.  The exclusion of these elements helps to prevent defects in many metals.

Features & Benefits
  • Suitable for welding in all positions
  • Excellent Arc Stability
  • Easy slag removal
  • Reduced amounts of spatter
  • Re-drying is not an essential requirement
  • Suitable for low open voltage machines (min OCV 42v)
  • Widely used throughout many industries
Industries / Applications
  • General Purpose Fabrication
  • Shipbuilding and Repair
  • Automotive Works
  • Thin Sheet Metal Welding
  • Machine Parts
  • Excessively machined or damaged mild steel
  • Farm Implementations
What is Open Circuit Voltage?

Sometimes also known as no-load voltage, refers to the voltage that exists between the electrode and the workpiece while in the welding process and between the electrode and the earth outside of the welding process. In a similar fashion to the Hot Start method in Arc Welding, Open Circuit Voltage (OCV) delivers a higher voltage which in turn improves the ease of electrode ignition. Furthermore, it also helps to maintain a strong and stable arc during the welding process.


Analysis of all Weld Metal % (Typical)
C% Si% Mn% P% S%
0.08 0.40 0.45 0.020 0.015


Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength 535 MPa
Yield Strength 445 MPa
Elongation 24%
Impact Strength ≥50 J
Test Temperature 0ºC

Mechanical properties are approximate and may vary based on the heat, welding parameters and other factors.

Welding Positions

EN ISO 6947 – PA, PB, PC, PD, PE, PF, PG


AC; DC (+)(-)

Typical Base Materials

235JR-S355JR, S235JO-S355JO, P195TR1-P265TR1, P195GH-P265GH, L245NB-L360NB, L245MB-L360MB, shipbuilding steels: A, B, D ASTM A 106 Gr. A, B; A 283 Gr. A, C; A 285 Gr. A, B, C; A 501 Gr. B; A 573 Gr. 58, 65; A 633 Gr. A, C; A 711 Gr. 1013 API 5 L Gr. B, X42, X52*
* Illustrative, not exhaustive list

In Conclusion

As shown above 6013 Electrodes are widely considered to be the most popular option available. This is due in no small part to their excellent ability to maintain a stable arc and a clear reduction in the amount of spatter produced. Slag is easily removed with minimal effort.  Ideal for use in applications such as automotive repair, thin sheet metal welding, machine parts and general purpose fabrication.


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