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Will HTS-2000 repair a crack, hole, rivets, prop or mast on my boat?
Can I repair pot metal or aluminium magnesium?
Will your product work on aluminium that has been anodized?
Yes, remember anodized aluminium is just a coating of another metal over the aluminium that has pores, our material penetrates those pores and then penetrates the aluminium.
Can HTS-2000 be anodized or chrome plated?
Yes after the repair you can anodize or chrome plate with our HTS-2000.
Is HTS-2000 or HTS-528 drillable or machinable?
Yes both materials are fully drillable or machinable with standard bits.
Why is your material better than competitors and why does your material cost more?
Not to be confused with Alumaloy, Alumaweld, Alumarod, Durafix, Aladdin 3 in 1, or any other first generation rods most of which consisting of 3 alloys. HTS-2000 is a unique stand-alone product, Comprised of nine alloys that cost more to produce and through exhaustive testing led to this superior advanced technology. HTS-2000 has an elongation of 10% in 50mm (rather than the standard 3% like the first generation rods listed above) which makes HTS-2000 3 times more flexible and stronger than any of its competitors. It also easily penetrates past impurities that lay below the metal's surface which may be impossible to penetrate with competitors materials. Also unlike the first generation rods HTS-2000 does not require steel or special cleaning brushes. All of this means not only a more expensive manufacturing process with new technology but also superior quality - this is the best brazing rod you can buy anywhere at any price. See our demonstration videos and watch for yourself how you can use HTS 2000 Aluminium welding rods and it will be easy for you to choose HTS-2000 as your 1st choice.
Can a complete novice use your material?
Yes even a complete novice can easily use our material by reading the instructions and practicing, and if needed we have experts that can guide anyone through the repair.
Is HTS-2000 stronger than welding?
Yes. We have proven in workshops that our material is stronger than welding and Tig welding on several applications. However, there are a lot of variables. It depends on what kind of wire or filler is being used and the proficiency of the person using the Tig welder. The same holds with our material. Users that follow the directions exactly will get the most strength out of a repair. Consider this - both our material and a Tig weld, when done correctly, are stronger than the conventional aluminium and that's all you need. However, with our material you do not have to pay £1,000 to £3,000 for the machine, and anyone (if they follow the instructions and practice a little) can become quite efficient at using our material.
Is HTS-2000 machinable?
Yes. Just slightly harder than aluminium, it is fully machinable without clogging your bits.
I have a 1971 Mercury Outboard engine that has a 1/4 hole in the top of the head near the spark plug. I would like to avoid dismantling the engine to get to the inside. Can you product be used to repair this damage?
The answer is yes. Level the head, open the surface pores, heat till our material starts to melt on the head, add material around the outside perimeter of the hole and tin, and then cover the hole. Our material has such elasticity; it will stretch across the hole without falling in the hole. If you watch the video, read the simple steps, and first practice on another piece of cast, you will be an expert in 15 minutes. If there are any gaskets within a few inches heat sink clay can be used to protect.
Is there a video?
Yes. Check out our demonstration videos to see how you can use HTS 2000 Aluminium welding rods
Can I repair corroded or oily contaminated aluminium?
Yes. This is what our material was developed for. It is a completely different formula than the first generation brazing rods.
Can I repair from the underside of a boat or car?
Yes. However, you must be careful that the material does not drip on you. If you are repairing an oil pan, we recommend taking it off and repairing upright, this way it will be like new.
My welder said the cracks on the bottom of my boat cannot be repaired, is that true?
It is true with conventional welding, which would just blow holes through the thin aluminium. With our material you are not welding, you are brazing at a much lower temperature and it will easily repair all cracks or leaks on your boat.
Does your product work on all aluminium?
HTS-2000 works on every kind of aluminium tested. We have the finest brazing rod developed anywhere on the planet.
At what temperature does aluminium melt?
It takes 660oC to melt the aluminium and 380oC - 408oC for our material to melt and penetrate the aluminium.
What are all the metals that HTS-2000 will work on?
Aluminium, cast aluminium, aluminium magnesium, zinc, tin, copper, pot metal, and metal that has a pore.
Will your material work to repair aluminium heads in the combustion area?
If the aluminium head ever was above 260oC for any length of time you would blow the motor. The combustion gasses are explosive and dissipate heat at such a rapid rate that the aluminium never even reaches 150oC on the aluminium in the combustion area. Please read the directions for HTS-2000 and master your torch and the penetration of our material before starting your repair, if you need tech support we provide lifetime tech support with your order. (Do not use in combustion areas where nitrous and top fuel is being used)
What are all the metals on which HTS-528 will work?
Steel, cast iron, brass, and copper. It has a built on the outside flux that allows the material to penetrate all hard metals, even if contaminated.
Can I use propane for all repairs?
Yes, up to 6mm thick. For thicker aluminium, over 6mm, use mapp gas. If it is a housing, like a transmission or a larger mass of aluminium, use oxy-acetylene.
Can I repair a cast aluminium housing with HTS-2000?
Yes, easily. In most cases with larger housings your heat source will be oxy-acetylene.
What do I need to use your material?
A heat source like propane or mapp gas. We recommend mapp gas, which comes in a yellow canister (instead of blue), and is about 205oC hotter. It only costs a little more than propane. You will also need a turbo tip (hot). If your aluminium is thick, like an engine head or transmission housing, or very large like a diesel fuel tank or boat over 15 feet long use oxy-acetylene with a rose bud or neutral flame tip.
What if I have to keep an area cool while I do the repair?
Go to your local welding shop and pick up some heat sink clay that will sink over 540oC of heat.
Can I repair an engine block or an aluminium head?
Yes. There are hundreds of machine shops that use our material in situations like this. We even have advanced tech support for more advanced work.
Can I repair my engine or transmission without taking it apart?
We always have to recommend that you take the housing apart however if you wish to take on the job anyway then here are some things to consider. Yes you can repair any crack that you can get to when the simple directions and common sense is used, after the repair you may need to do a flush and put new oil, if the crack is to close to a gasket etc. you can use heat sink clay or paste to stop the heat. As always practice on a junk piece of cast so you can get used to your heat. Keep in mind also that you will need to use oxygen and gas to get a housing to the required temperature.
If there is paint on the outside, do I have to remove it?
Yes, you should remove the paint so you do not breathe in the fumes. However, the flame will burn it off if you choose not to.
Will your material work if the aluminium is anodized?
Yes, it will penetrate easily.
Is your material just for repair or can it be used for fabrication?
Our material can be used for both.
Can I braze dissimilar metals together?
Yes with HTS-2000 you can braze any non-ferrous alloy together like aluminium to cast aluminium or aluminium to copper, zinc, pot metal etc. The same with HTS-528 you can braze steel to cast iron, brass, nickel etc.
What is elongation?
The word elongation means elasticity, this means how far a metal will bend for example on our HTS-528 under the pressure of 100,000 PSI before it will break it will bend 30% this is good because it can handle more stress and vibration. Also usually the more the elongation the better the penetration of the material past impurities.
Why is your material better?
Our competitors Allumaloy, Alumarod, Alumaweld, Alladins, Eutectic and many of the other 1st generation brazing rods only use 3-4 alloys mostly consisting of aluminium and zinc. HTS-2000 consists of 9 alloys which includes more expensive alloys that produce more strength, elongation and better penetration.
What is the terminology of Welding and Brazing?
The terminology of Welding is assembling or repairing metal by getting the base heat of the metal to the melting point, in aluminiums case the melting point is approximately 660oC . The terminology of Brazing is assembling or repairing metal by joining the metal with a heat hundreds of degrees below the melting point of the alloy in the case of aluminium that would be around the 425oC area.
Can you Braze overhead or vertically with your material?
The problems of brazing overhead would be gravity, and the danger of the material dripping on you. Can it be done? Yes, Have we done it? Yes. We recommend practice upright first to learn how our material flows and how it penetrates, use your tinning brush to help guide the material. HTS-2000 is sticky and freezes when you pull the torch away, practice makes perfect. If you are going to attempt to try underneath remember safety first, and getting a good tin on the aluminium before continuing is the key, If you need help after practicing or during the repair our material comes with lifetime tech support.
Extra helpful tips when repairing?
Another recommendation is to keep the flame at all times on the metal, and move the torch in a circular motion in about a 50mm pattern around the area that needs to be repaired, do not pull the torch away unless the aluminium looks like it is going to buckle, remember aluminium dissipates heat very quickly and can drop 100 degrees in a few seconds. Move the torch over about 25mm when you rub the rod on the area to be repaired, make sure the HTS-2000 is molten (completely liquid) while tinning with the brush, if chunky you need more heat as it must be above 390oC approximately to penetrate the aluminium and the aluminium will not melt until 660oC. Always practice on a scrap piece of aluminium first to get used to your torch heat and remember all orders come with lifetime tech support if you ever have questions or need help with any repair.
Why don't all welders use your material?
Each day more welders are switching to our material, which helps them to repair parts considered unrepairable with conventional welding. Our material also allows the professional welder to do some jobs quicker, stronger with a better looking and longer lasting repair.
Do you have technical support?
Yes. Even though most repairs will be easy, we have technical support available to help you through any repair.
How does your HTS-2000 compare with competitors?
Our material is a second generation material made of nine metals instead of three. It is 333% stronger than the next nearest competitor. Unlike the old rod, it easily penetrates past impurities deep down in the aluminium for a repair that is stronger than Tig welding and stronger than the original aluminium.
Can I repair rusty cast iron or steel?
Yes, with our HTS-528 brazing rod.
Is the HTS-528 stronger than welding?
Yes. The repaired area will hold 100,000 pounds of pressure per square inch and adds 30% elasticity to the repair, which means superior strength.
Is HTS-528 machinable?
Yes. Just harder than cast iron, it is fully machinable, without clogging your bits.
Will your material survive the outdoors?
Our HTS-2000 was developed for all aluminium and will survive the outdoors, it is the finest repair you can buy for aluminium and will hold 45,900 PSI with a 10% elongation, and our HTS-528 was developed for steel, it will also survive the outdoors and will hold 102,000 PSI with a 30% elongation which means it is stronger than steel.
Check out our demonstration videos to see how you can use HTS 2000 Aluminium brazing rods and HTS 528