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Old 03-08-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default DuraFix Aluminum Rods

I think this product is one of the best aluminum fabrication rods I've ever seen.
I just received permission from DuraFix to use their video in a direct post here.


It really works that easily!
There is more information about it on their web site at http://www.durafix.com/

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Old 03-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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I have seen the video before. I have seen a few demonstrations but, I have never encountered anyone who has used the stuff.

Have you used it before Rick? I think I should just bite the bullet and give it a shot.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:12 PM   #3
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OK Wrong rick but anyway.

I have used a similar UK available product to join aluminium parts.

It appears to do what it says on the can - Its easy to use.

I am not sure it qualifies as a weld though - I think the penetration is less then welding - more like silver soldering.

For aluminium it works.

I was not aware it will join other non ferrous metals though. As a joining materials it is quite expensive.

http://www.hindleys.com/catalog/prod...oducts_id=7853 is the stuff in the UK

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Yes I have used it.

It does make very sound joints in aluminium.
I wouldn't consider it welding my any means as there is NO
penetration into the base metal.
It's is more of a brazing rod.

If you are joining heavy parts they need to be prepped by grinding or
cutting a tapered weld prep to be filled with a wider fillet of the filler material.
I have not tried it on dissimilar metals myself. I'll have to do that.

At $45 USD per pound it isn't cheap, but compared to other
aluminium brazing and welding rods it is competitive.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:24 PM   #5
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They want $65.00 for this Starter package. I imagine for the HSM type guy 34 rods would last forever. Rick do you know of a place to get it cheaper? The info below came from this link:

http://aluminumrepair.com/shopping/s...cat=HTS%2D2000

HTS-2000 Starter Package - Aluminum Repair

1 POUND HTS-2000 Starter Package
(Repairs all non-ferrous alloy such as aluminum, cast aluminum, zinc, pewter, aluminum magnesium, pot metal, copper any metal except steel.)


1 lb. orders packaged in clear Butyrite tubes - 34 rods per pound, width 3/32.
FREE video, tinning brush, and step-by-step instructions included.
Your savings is 50% off the regular price by ordering online!
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If you scroll down on the http://www.durafix.com/ site you will see
they sell the rods only for $45 per pound including shipping.

The "Starter Kit" includes an auto igniting torch head.
I may be getting old, but I can still use a striker to light a torch.

I have no affiliation with the DuraFix company and have nothing to gain
by promoting their product. I AM very impressed with the simplicity of
the application of that product!

My hobby welder is flux core only so it is not capable of running aluminium wire.
I've tried other aluminium brazing rods. I know a skilled welder can make
beautiful repairs and fabrications using them.
For me it looked more like turkey droppings on a dead leaf.

This stuff is much more forgiving.
It is as easy to use as soft solder.

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I probably shouldn't say this but I saw on the durafix site that they were looking for a distributor here in Italy so I sent an email enquiry and I had a very polite reply stating that I would have to buy a certain amount of rods, or kits for a price with not a great margin for profit but never the less a viable proposition, I'm still thinking about it because it looks to be a good product!, it's good to hear some positive feedback from someone who has actually used the stuff!

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That's a cool product Rick!

Not cheap, but for small projects, it opens up what you can do with aluminum.

Thanks for sharing the video...

Best,

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If I decide to give it a try I will sell off some of it to any interested members at cost of course.

Would this stuff work for steam? I think I remember it saying that it melts at 750 degree.
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If I decide to give it a try I will sell off some of it to any interested members at cost of course.

Would this stuff work for steam? I think I remember it saying that it melts at 750 degree.
I've never run an engine on steam that I've used the DuraFix rods on.
Unconstrained water boils at 212 F. At 15 PSI that boiling temp raises to 257 F

I think it would take a whole lot of pressure to raise the temp to 750 F

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