New Generation of T-8 Wire from Hobart Brothers Speeds Productivity on Demanding Applications

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Hobart Brothers’ new Fabshield XLR-8 welding wire offers best-in-class vertical up capability at high current levels and meets the new D-Desgination under current AWS code.

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Today, Hobart Brothers introduces a new generation of T-8 welding wire specifically designed to improve productivity on challenging structural steel erection, heavy equipment repair and ship and barge construction applications. The Hobart® Fabshield® XLR-8 is a self-shielded flux-cored welding wire featuring the most reliable out-of-position welding capabilities, at both high and low heat inputs, of any wire in its class. It is especially well suited for vertical-up welds at high current levels.

The new Hobart Brothers ( welding wire features lower diffusible hydrogen levels than competitive T-8 wires and meets the new D-Designation under AWS A5.20:2005, making it useable for AWS D1.8 Demand Critical Welds.

Less Rework, Greater Productivity
With productivity-enhancing features, including excellent slag removal, the Hobart XLR-8 welding wire eliminates slag entrapment associated with older generations of T-8 wire and offers high-impact strength at low temperatures to resist cracking and minimize resultant rework.

The Hobart Brothers XLR-8 wire also offers a stable arc and a flat bead profile with a large voltage window to improve both operator comfort and productivity in out-of-position welding applications.

Low diffusible hydrogen levels allow the XLR-8 wire to produce X-Ray quality welds with greater crack resistance, making it highly suitable for critical welding applications, while moisture-proof packaging makes it reliable for extended storage.

Compared to other self-shielded flux-cored wires in its class, the new Hobart XLR-8 welding wire features higher deposition rates, smoother arc transfer and J classification for Charpy impact values.

Hobart Brothers is dedicated to the highest level of Performance Welding™. For product spec sheets or to learn more about Hobart Brothers and Hobart brand products, visit, call 1-800-424-1543, fax 1-800-541-6607, or write Hobart Brothers Company, 101 Trade Square East, Troy, OH, 45373.

Hobart Brothers Company of Troy, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of welding filler metals marketed under the brand names Hobart, Tri-Mark, McKay and Corex. Hobart Brothers Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Glenview, Ill., a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.

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