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A Sensible Wheel Kit for a Welder

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Factory wheel kits for a stick welder always attach at the back of the welder. The photo below is from Lincoln Electric's web site. The user is to tip the welder back toward the rear in order to move the welder. You can see the wheels attached, and also the handles at the top of the welder. In order to use this wheel kit, the operator would need to get behind the welder.
 
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Step 1: The real world

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This is my Miller stick welder. It occupies a small space near the garage wall and between my lathe and my radial arm saw. The cables, helmet, gloves, and welding hammer either rest on the floor, or on top of the welder. Space is limited and things could easily fall off. That could be tragic for a nice helmet with auto darkening lens and circuitry.

But, sometimes I need to pull the welder out of its space so the cables will have just enough reach to weld something I cannot bring inside the garage, or to service something inside the welder, like oiling the cooling fan. This welder is heavy and using raw muscle power quickly stops being fun.

Step 2: My welder's wheel truck

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Since I cannot easily get behind my welder I decided to make a wheel truck that attaches to the front of the welder. I can tip the welder toward me as I stand in front of it. I also added some hooks to hold the cables, my helmet, a welding hammer, etc. My gloves can lay on top of the welder.

Materials for this project were:
4 feet of 1/2 inch black iron pipe
two short carriage bolts (used for end caps to close the hole in the end of the pipe at the handle)
some 5/16" steel rod
some 1 1/4 inch angle iron
two short pieces of 5/32 x 1 1/4 inch strap iron
a set of old lawnmower wheels and axle (see the next step)
criggie2 years ago
Nice work. What do you think of a 4 wheeled platform on which the unit rests.

More of a bogey or a sampson rather than a sackbarrow?
Phil B (author)  criggie2 years ago
I am not sure I understand your question. But, four wheels would work. I would want swivel casters on only two of the wheels, though.
rimar20005 years ago
You have given me a good idea, Phil. My welder is not as heavy, but with wheels, it would be more portable.
i am the same way My welder is not as heavy, but with wheels, it would be more portable.
Phil B (author)  rimar20005 years ago
Thank you, Rimar. The design of my Miller welder allowed me to bolt my wheel kit to the front of the welder using the bolts that support the welder's transformer. The structure of my wheel kit took advantage of the strength in the frame of the welder and it could be relatively light and quite simple. I doubt that you have a Lincoln like the one pictured in the Introduction, but those are very popular in the USA. Anyone with a Lincoln would need to design a very different wheel kit, if he wants to do what I did. I have no suggestions, other than that a front accessible wheel kit might need more structural members and be in an "L" shape pattern. I expect you have a smaller welder designed to run on 220 - 230 volts from your standard wall receptacle, like is common in Europe.
Phil, if you want see my welder, open Google (or so) and search images of "Soldadora Electrica 155 Jet Gamma Turbo Ventilada". There are a lot of them. It is the cheapest I could find for 150A. I will do for it 3 little wheels when I finish the "ghetto lathe" that I am builting.
Phil B (author)  rimar20005 years ago
Rimar, Thank you for the information about your welder. I looked for it on the Internet. It looks like a nice unit. 150 amps should be enough for most home jobs. I seldom use over 90 amps. I would like to see an Instructable on your ghetto lathe when you are finished.
At the rate I'm going, I would be happy to finish the lathe around the end of the year. I leave my house Monday to Friday around 7 AM and return around 7:30 PM, so imagine ... Last Saturday I cut 12 pieces of L profile iron that will form what would be the bench and sliding cars. I need a lot to get version 1.0.0 "alpha test" Be patient, however.
Amir4 years ago
This is a really nice instructable, and a really good idea. I

've got an old Lincoln stick welder that weighs a little more than 100lbs. I use a two wheel dolly to move it around, but like you said, it's a real hassle to move it around from behind - especially in a little crowded garage like mine. Plus it sort of monopolizes my dolly with it's extra long extension cord wrapped around it and such, it's hard to take it off.

I've got all the parts scattered around, I'll have to make one of these sometime soon.

Thanks!
Phil B (author)  Amir4 years ago
Thank you for your comment.  I expect your Lincoln is identical to the welder in the Introduction photograph.  A friend has one of those, but I have not looked at it closely.  I expect it should not be too hard to make a front mounting dolly for your Lincoln.  The transformer mounting bolts on the Miller were just ideal for a front mounting dolly.  I wish you well.  There is a lot of joy in something you made that does a needed job well.
i am making this for my welder
Hmm looks alot heavier than my mig welder But i suppose that came with wheels !
Phil B (author)  stephenniall4 years ago
Your MIG welder probably has a handle for picking it up and carrying it to the job site with one hand. You would not want to carry my stick welder more than a couple of feet, even if you can pick it up.
LeumasYrrep5 years ago
Yes, yes YES. Excellent ideal. I can see this useful for a bunch of carted items that assume you can reach the back. I love your use of "junk scraps." The junk yard is my favorite "shopping center."
Phil B (author)  LeumasYrrep5 years ago
Thank you. Our junk yard has been a wonderful place to find treasures. But, a couple of years ago some person managed to injure himself while digging through things out back. He sued the owners for a bunch of money and now no one from the public is allowed in the yard. It is a source of great disappointment to me.
gmjhowe5 years ago
Excellent work! Its great to see 'bodge' jobs like this in order to make an item more usable! Keep it up as always.
Phil B (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Thank you, G M J.
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