Don’t Move that Big Iron: Stoody 964 AP-G Hardfacing Wire Enables All-Position Welding, Achieves World’s Most Wear-Resistant Deposit


April 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS,  – Achieving a 64 Rockwell C hardness, Stoody 964 AP-G is the world’s most wear-resistant, all-position, general-purpose hardfacing wire. No other all-position wire can achieve this hardness and still produce crack-free deposits on Series 300 stainless and manganese steels. When logistics dictate hardfacing construction, mining, aggregate and agricultural equipment in position, using 964 AP-G flux cored wire increases uptime.

“For field repair situations, 964 AP-G offers vertical up weldability where most chromium carbide wires must be welded in the flat position to obtain proper adhesion,” notes Jack Wallin, senior product development engineer. “By eliminating the time associated with moving equipment and parts and welding them in position, 964 AP-G helps lower overall maintenance and repair costs while increasing uptime.”

The weld deposit made by 964 AP-G is a specially formulated, wear resistant alloy that produces a uniform distribution of small primary carbides in a martensitic matrix. The small carbides provide greatly improved wear resistance over martensitic steel, many tool steels and some conventional chromium carbide alloys.

Deposits are crack free on carbon steel, 300 series stainless steels and manganese steels. Other base metals should be pre- and post-heated appropriately. The material is characterized by a high hardness (58 to 64 RHC) and excellent wear resistance. The 964 AP-G flux cored wire is recommended for parts where cross checking is undesirable.

Stoody 964 AP-G wire is available in 0.045” and 1/16” diameters and packaged in 33-lb. spools. View 964 AP-G video for additional details.

About Stoody

Since 1988, Stoody has been a member of the Thermadyne Industries family, working with other brands that are leaders in metal cutting and welding. Its hardfacing and high alloy joining wire and electrode products support the steel, power generation, petroleum oil and gas drilling, recycling, cement, pulp and paper, agricultural, metal casting, construction and other industries. Founded in 1921, the Stoody division employs 90 people at its on-site facilities in Bowling Green, KY and proudly states that its U.S. manufactured products are focused on helping U.S. businesses to continue to grow.

Thermadyne Holdings Corporation is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Thermadyne is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of metal cutting and welding products and accessories under a variety of premium brand names including Victor®, Tweco®, Arcair®, Thermal Dynamics®, Thermal Arc®, Stoody®, TurboTorch®, Firepower® and CIGWELD®.  For more information about Thermadyne, its products and services, visit the company’s website at

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