Mig Welding Boom Arm

This weekly video is about fabricating a boom arm for a wire feeder.

now you might be asking yourself...why would anyone want to hang a remote wire feeder for an integrated wire feed welder on a boom arm?

Well, ....let me tell you.

I met a fella a few weeks ago who has a very innovative product.

And here is what it is in a nutshell...

 A housing kit that lets you utilize the wire feeder guts from your present mig welder...like for example a  millermatic 250...and install those parts into a wire feeder box that you can hang it on a boom arm.

When you have a wire feeder hanging on a boom arm, you can reach any area within a 20 foot radius.

Thats because the boom arm is 8 feet and the mig gun cable is typically 15 feet. 

That means anytime someone pulls a trailer in the shop, all I need to do is swing the boom arm around and extend the mig torch a bit and weld. When the welding is done, I hang the mig gun on a hook and swing the boom arm out of the way. Easy.

What this means is that when I get this thing hooked up, I will never need to move the mig welder again....and I will not ever need to lift a full C25 tank again either.  My lower back is already thanking me.

I will chain the cylinder to the wall, and I will locate the mig welder next to the C25 cylinder and it will stay there for a very long time.

I like the idea of being able to grab the  mig gun off the boom arm and make a 5 minute weld...hang the gun back up and I am done.

I have a few projects coming up  that are large.  A black oxide dip station is one of those projects.

It will probably be about 25 feet long and I am really looking forward to being able to weld without moving my mig welder all around the shop.

Part 2 of this video will show installing the wire feeder along with welding and  mounting the post.

Stay tuned for part2 where we show the details of how to install this mig welding wire feeder on a boom arm and how it can make a welding shop more efficient.

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