Lincoln Electric has introduced an all-new Excalibur® 7018 XMR™ low-hydrogen stick electrode as part of the Excalibur SMAW (stick) electrode series.

The Excalibur 7018 XMR offers low moisture content even after 24 hours of exposure – remaining below the moisture content limit for 15 hours more than required under the American Welding Society’s AWS A5.1.

“We know that it is not always easy to keep track of time while on this job,” explains Olivier Arnoult, Product Manager, SMAW, Lincoln Electric.

“Many real-world users have longer shifts than the standard nine hours. Sometimes, it is necessary for welders to continue welding after the nine-hour mark or an oven is not available. 

Other key features of the Excalibur 7018 XMR electrode include:

  • Meets AWS H4R moisture requirements during up to 24 hours of exposure.
  • Improved coating integrity.
  • Extreme bendability – The rod coating maintains integrity when bent for welding in tight spaces to a greater extent than similar competitive rods.
  • 60% less moisture pickup vs competition.