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    My lead reels

    Started making my reels today. I need ideas how to attach them so they don't ground out the machine. I'm going to build a stand to put my welder on to get it off the ground around 4ft high
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    Re: My lead reels

    Here's my machine
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    Re: My lead reels

    Mine are almost just like yours. I have a sq. tube leg on it with a piece of channel going back under the reel. I used 2 pieces of plastic cutting board for insulation, one under and one above the metal where they are bolted. There is a piece of plastic gas line like they bury in the ground(very tough stuff) that goes through the hole in the base and the holes in the cutting board. Haven't had a problem in the 25 years since I built them.

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    Re: My lead reels

    I was thinking about doing something just like that but am afraid it would ground out

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    My shop machine reels are a work in progress. I look forward to seeing yours complete. I need some inspiration to finish mine.

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    Re: My lead reels

    I've been to 3 welding supply stores today to figure out how to attach the leads and they look at me with the deer in the head lights. Im going to have to sit down and see what I can come up with

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    Re: My lead reels

    Heres what Ive come up with
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    Re: My lead reels

    The leads will attach to the reels with a bolt. Cut a hole in the side of the reel and run the lead out through the hole to a bolt that is welded to the outside. Just put a terminal end on the leads.

    Be sure to run a plastic tube through the holes in the flat plastic so that your bolts don't ground out.

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    Re: My lead reels

    I was thinking I would attach the leads with a lug on the side of the arm and another one on the inside the reel

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    Re: My lead reels

    I used a small hole saw to cut some insulators from the plastic for the bolts to go through on mine. Hooked up the leads the way your thinking too. Best thing I've built so far. It's so nice to grab and go and wind em back up when I'm done.

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    I'm hoping they make clean up time faster

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    Re: My lead reels

    I decided to go a different route. I made a stand for the welder to sit on top of and I'll be able to store stuff under it. I need to add d rings so I can strap down a argon bottle. Any other ideas before it gets a coat of paint?
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    I finally finished it, I'll go tomorrow and buy new leads
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    Re: My lead reels

    I now want a wire feed attachment for this

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    Re: My lead reels

    Quote Originally Posted by Millwrightdude View Post
    I now want a wire feed attachment for this
    I have a Lincoln LN 22 and an ESAB suitcase feeder for sale...

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    Wish you were closer

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    Re: My lead reels

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    The leads will attach to the reels with a bolt. Cut a hole in the side of the reel and run the lead out through the hole to a bolt that is welded to the outside. Just put a terminal end on the leads.

    Be sure to run a plastic tube through the holes in the flat plastic so that your bolts don't ground out.
    I'm a plumber. Instead of yellow poly gas pipe, I used scraps of pex water piping I had in the bed of my truck.


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    Normally you can buy pex by the foot from the neighborhood hardware store. Retail it might cost$2.00-3.00 a foot


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    Re: My lead reels

    Heres what I used, insulators from generator job i was on
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    Re: My lead reels

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    Replaced my wife's suburban bearings last weekend and it was raining this weekend so I made a couple reels for my welding trailer. Insulated the stinger only with some nylon plugs drilled out. I added some stops after I took the pic
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