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Boom to hang my wire feeder from

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
In my last shop my wire feed hung from a boom from the center of a red iron beam 16 feet off the floor, would reach everywhere in the 25 x 40 room and about 10 feet out the door. I really found it handy but the reality is now the shop is wood framed with a flat ceiling that is only 113 inches high with 4' shop lights and a garage door track below that leaves just about 9 feet max. for the top of any boom type thing I might build. The floor is only 4" thick, I can bolt to that but will need more support as the wire feeder, wire, hoses, etc are about 100lbs and a boom to be useful would have to be a minimum of 15 feet long. So I started thinking about an I-beam track down the center of the building but this leaves me with a bunch of wires and hose in the way.

My goal is to have my wire feeder run all over the inside of the 21'x31' building and 8 to 10 feed outside the door.
I am wondering if you folks have seen or done something similar that works.
 

Milland

Diamond
Joined
Jul 6, 2006
Location
Hillsboro, New Hampshire
I'd be tempted to make a heavy-duty rolling welding cart with a tall post and maybe a short boom that the feeder mounted to, that could be easily wheeled anywhere in the shop or outdoors (~8" Kwality Kasters), with an appropriate service cord that could feed everything.

Obvy you'd have to make sure it couldn't tip, so that's on your design and placement during use.

Other option is maybe a dual-purpose jib crane that could both handle the feed but also allow ~1K lbs of lift capacity?? That would be tough to make reach within a full shop and outdoors - some stuff duplicated or easily detachable for the more difficult to reach areas?.
 

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
I would prefer to not have to roll anything around the floor, I tend to keep too much crap in the way and the room is small.

I hadn't thought about the barn door track, I will give that some thought, handling the wires and hose could be done with cord reels and a hose reel I recon.
 

DDoug

Diamond
Joined
Oct 18, 2005
Location
NW Pa
I would prefer to not have to roll anything around the floor, I tend to keep too much crap in the way and the room is small.

I hadn't thought about the barn door track, I will give that some thought, handling the wires and hose could be done with cord reels and a hose reel I recon.

I have a run down each side. I hung (2) miller wire feeders on one side, other has the little lincoln 110v lunchbox welder on it.
Cables, I added a short pigtail and inline quick coupler, inert gas I used a standard (gasp !) Milton air hose coupler.
A reel would get expensive real quick, try festooning.
 

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
Might you share a few pics?

I too used Milton quick disconnects and goodyear PVC hose on the boom I had, it worked fine but wouldn't fit this building so I left it there. I have a hose reel that I could use for the co2/argon and if I remember right there were only 2 perhaps 16 ga wires to start the welder leaving only the big welding cable needing festooned.
 

Bondo

Hot Rolled
Joined
May 14, 2011
Location
Bridgeton NJ
Long time ago, I was going to build a 3 stage collapse able aluminum truss feeder hanger. I designed it to have a 12, 10, and 8' sections. The knuckles would be pipe hinges but with a serrated tooth washer on the bottom to keep it in position.

Whole thing could pivot left/right, and up/down to change out wire and stuff.

I never built it as I got away from steel work.
 

BT Fabrication

Stainless
Joined
Nov 3, 2019
ive seen it in a few shops that did the same work over and over again on large gates. so thickness never changed and pulled it from a 500# drum. but his was only 15 ft pivot on a 20' ceiling.
 

DDoug

Diamond
Joined
Oct 18, 2005
Location
NW Pa
Might you share a few pics?

I too used Milton quick disconnects and goodyear PVC hose on the boom I had, it worked fine but wouldn't fit this building so I left it there. I have a hose reel that I could use for the co2/argon and if I remember right there were only 2 perhaps 16 ga wires to start the welder leaving only the big welding cable needing festooned.

I'll try for some pix, but we are in a snowstorm, and it's pretty cluttered shop.

Just festoon all of them together.
 

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
LOL!

So thats how they weld skyscrapers? No wonder y'all old folk have bad backs. I'd hate to be the guy lugging a transformer stick machine on his back all day.

I am here to tell ya, I could do that kind of work but the guy humping the welder is getting a bargain compared to the guy hauling the whiskey and ice, There is nothing that high that I need to work on.
 

memphisjed

Stainless
Joined
Jan 21, 2019
Location
Memphis
Like unistrut but more better is spanco track. You can build a very low profile bridge crane for 1/2 ton +- and also have your wire feed on the same bridge.

disclosure: We do some processing for Spanco
 








 
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