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    MIG wire spool cover

    Seems very few and far between that I actually get to do something nice for myself!

    My Miller wire feeder came without a spool cover. I don't see many of these feeders with covers, perhaps cos if you're buying a benchtop feeder like this you're going through wire at a fast enough rate that you don't need or want one?
    Anyways, I actually don't do very much MIG welding, despite wanting and having this bitchin' big welder. Seriously. Laying welds with this is such a pleasure, as far as MIG goes.
    But I can go a month or more without touching it, and you all know what happens to MIG wire when you don't use it for a while... dust, moisture, bird crap if really unlucky... I don't really like having to cut a layer off the spool to get back to clean wire each time.

    Secondly, I bought a new toy... a decent hand shear. Baileigh branded, had a bit of use but cuts 1.6mm stainless very nicely if you get it deep in the throat. And I wanted a little project to give it some use. Usually I use a big power guillotine, but it's fiddly for cutting circles. This way i was able to trim down to 1mm and finish the circumference of each disc on the belt grinder.

    Thirdly, we had bought some stainless sheet from scrapyard, including a bodged up 1.6 sheet that was supposed to be something, I dunno, perhaps kitchen counter backing or something. It was good for very little because it had holes in it all over.
    But enough was there for me to work with...

    So I made the basic shape with two full discs:





    cut out centre with grinder and flap wheel back to circumference




    on the welder.





    I bought a stainless hinge and welded the lid on, it's secured with a wingnut




    And got the cutouts on the front somewhere close (I still wanted some adjustability) and covered in rubber.





    I'm not too fussed about the bare bit of wire sticking out, I might put some conduit over it though.

    I've still to either brush finish, polish, or swirl finish the outsides, and also I have a little door knob and some rubber edge trim to come.

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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    Spray it Miller Blue.


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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    I clamp a pice of very fine scotch bright pad over the wire before the feeder with one of those huge black paper clips it acts like a wiper after about a year I change it out and it's black with crud even though I keep stuff pretty clean just a little liner insurance that's a sweet idea though

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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    Looks good so far.
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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    Came out great. If your shop is like mine that wire was likely getting dirty out in the open, this will likely pay for itself in liner cleanouts/replacements. I liked the idea about covering the exposed wire too. Clear tube (they make clear overpriced pvc) would cover it while still letting you see what's going on. Maybe an ammo-check window on the spool cover to see how much wire left without opening the door, could just glue a piece of whatever clear tube you use in a cut out slot. If you wanted to use PVC you could just get thicker piece and adaper for clearance where the wire leaves the spool, or heat it and elongate/funnel the I.D. yourself with a piece of wood carved to the shape you want. Just some ideas but it looks good as is!

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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    Cheers guys.
    I was thinking about a clear window just as something extra to do, I'm sure it would look cool. It all has to come apart again for cleaning anyway so if I find a convenient bit of plastic...

    Someone either on this forum or another said recently that they used a foam earbud to clean the wire before it goes into the feeder, and you can see I've put one on to try it.

    I need a new cart as well, lol. It's not my design and I would have went black, not blue.

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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    They sell those little wiper things ...

    They are impregnated with a magic potion that keeps the wire clean.

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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    wow, and here was me thinking no-one had commercialised a solution!

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    MIG wire spool cover

    Nice work on that cover,Mankul!

    Miller sells a spool cover (or used to) but they wanted way too much money for one. (big surprise..)

    Years ago someone made a bunch of plastic prototypes and was selling them on eBay. They were nice enough to provide free shipping to Canada for me which was pretty much the cost of the cover.

    No where near the quality of yours, but it helps.




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    Re: MIG wire spool cover

    Sure beats the BBQ pit cover that I keep draped over mine.

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