Great for beginners
The Tech College that I teach at has a excess of this particular rod. I ran a few and thought I'd try using it for my WELD 100 Class. (beginners, no experience) In the past I always used 6010 then on to 7018 and so on. I thought using this rod first would be a good confidence builder for novices. It is easy to strike and easy to run. Well I was very happy with the results that I got. Four sessions with the 7014 and then we went to the 6010. It was the results I was looking for. They begin their welding experience with welds that they can be proud of. Using it as a point of reference to what their abilities actually are was a positive move in my opinion. I have a summer session starting soon and I will do the same with them to see if I get the same results.
ProsStrikes and maintains as arc very easily. It runs on AC, DCEN & DCEP so it is very versatile for home shops.
ConsA little more difficult to run out of position but not too bad.