How to comfortably use the stinger

by George Wood

One of the biggest problems with stick welding is making a one handed weld and keeping that long electrode steady while welding and not have the tip flapping around giving you an uncontrollable arc. You would most likely be using the other hand to hold you in position or to hold your work.

Most welders just grab the stinger with one hand and start welding away. When they get to the end of their rod their arm might start shaking due to both manipulating the rod and holding the stinger and welding lead. In other words, your arm is getting tired. This is one of the major causes of accidental arc strikes.

Solution. Instead of grabbing the stinger and just letting the lead hang, give the welding lead one wrap around your forearm then grab the stinger. This way your shoulder is carrying all the load instead of your arm. This allows you to carry the weight easier and also allows your arm and hand to easly manipulate the rod. Try it!!

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Sep 02, 2015
Education NEW
by: Anonymous

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Jun 22, 2015
Control fatigue and rod NEW
by: WeeWho

I use several of the techniques suggested. First, I use a 200 amp Tweco stinger on 10' 0f #4 whip. Second, I drape the excess cable over my shoulder (if nothing else is near by) to reduce the weight. And lastly, I use the index finger on my left hand to support the rod until I can accurately control the rod with both hands on the stinger.

Jun 13, 2015
Welding Rod Hook on the Fly NEW
by: Anonymous

What I do is use any type of 1/8 rod and bend it it into a hook to rake most of the weight off the welding cable. I work in the shipyard so we use this when we are inside of tanks to keep the leads out of the water. Your company might resent you for using filler material for hooks but safety is always first. Worst case senario you don't want to step in electrically charged water. I learned not to use 3/32 rods because some heavy duty cables have enough weight to straighten out a 3/32 hook. A couple years late but just thought I'd throw my take in.

Jan 29, 2015
not a good idea NEW
by: Anonymous

One should never tie welding cables around themselves. It presents an unsafe situation where any cable being hooked by something can pull the welder off scaffolding etc. The best way is to wrap the stinger around something your working on, or hang your cables on anything handy. You should also have about a 10' 'whip' that is made of lighter cable to make things more comfortable. I also suggest 'always' using two hands whenever possible. The reason will become very clear in the quality of weld produced

Oct 06, 2013
yall do it the hard way NEW
by: Anonymous

take yourself some ck world wide super flex cable for a tig torch, 150 amp or 200. 150 amp will burn all day and not even get hot. cut the tig fittings off and make a whip out of the superflex cable, the cable is so light the only weight you feel is your stinger, add a duro twist stinger, and its like welding with just the rod.

if you cant afford some superflex cable, find you an old tig cable n itll work better then any regular copper cable. super light, you can by super flex cable from arc-zone with out the fittings for pretty cheep.

Sep 05, 2011
cable hanger by jackson
by: Anonymous

I have a cable hanger to put the leed through you can pull more slack through but the cable can't pull against you when you are welding. They are made by Jackson, check with your local welding supply.

Dec 31, 2010
pipes not the only weld
by: Cheezy

As an Ironworker,(yes there is more to welding than just pipe)I have wrapped lead around every part of my body .The first thing I do EVERYTIMEis inspect my lead.One thing I hate in life is to be shocked so no matter what ALWAYS CHECK YOUR LEAD!!!

May 24, 2010
heres some thinkin
by: andy mcpeek

well in semms to me yall dont weld on pipe. both hands on the stinger. non weldin arm rested on the pipe. gives you more control. only time you dont need both hands is when you are runnin beads

Apr 05, 2010
by: J.W. STOLL, JR.


Apr 04, 2010
wrap vs whip
by: flyinflip

Some old timers have all kinds of horror stories of guys wrapping the lead around their arms- broken sheathing, grounding, what not. While I can see what they mean it doesn't stop me doing so, sometimes even routing the lead over my neck so it rests on my shoulder. I should try the whip thing. (a magnetized base would work just as well)

Dec 09, 2009
stick holding tip
by: Anonymous

What i sometimes do when starting with a new rod, is to guide the stinger with one hand while actually holding onto the rod a few inches up like a pencil with the other hand carefully guiding it where i'd like it to go...

Nov 21, 2009
short arm
by: talus

one instructor at school suggested to me that were the lead to have a bare spot you could become the nearest ground. just something to watch out for.

Nov 11, 2009
by: J.W. STOLL JR.

to me wrapping the lead around your arm just adds weight to your arm and increases fatigue. try making a lightweight "whip" by attaching ten feet or so of the smallest diameter welding cable that will take the current you are using to the lightest rod holder you can find. use tweeco style connectors so it's portable, especially if many operators are using the same machine. there's nothing like having your own personal whip. one other tip: old school "duro" or twist off type rod holders are light and have replaceable components.

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