OK, I've got a question (so what ELSE is new)......
I've got a Miller Thunderbolt XL (ac/dc) in my shop, and also a Lincoln Precision-Tig 185......Both of which can be used for stick welding.
I've found that one of these machines (which will not be named at this point) SEEMS to give me a noticeably nicer arc when stick welding.
Being the "common-sense" kind of guy that I am, I'm aware that this phenomenon may very well just be a "figment of my imagination".
QUESTION: Is there anyone out there that knows enough about the electrical configuration of these two machines that would explain if one or the other machine is more well suited to stick welding ?
Well Nephew, you ain't seein things, and you are becoming a better stick weldor.
I went from a Lincoln coffy grinder rotary to my P&H when the Lincoln blew it's stator on the drive end, and wondered if I knew diddle about stick, or had myself a stroke when I tried to stick with the P&H. The P&H has a sweet arc quality on TIG, and ain't for shyt on stick.
Now, the funny part, I came into a second P&H a number of years later, and the guy using it was doing stick with the machine. Same flippin model machine, and it had a decent arc on stick.
Different machines, even from different manufacturers will deliver a different arc. It's just part of the game.