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  • Welding positioner needed, what brand is best?

    Doing lightweight 15 lb parts, what have you guys seen that you would recommend?

    Thanks
    Two Dynasty 350's with Wireless pedals
    Victor O/A
    Profax 250 weld positioner
    Bridgeport mill
    Logan Turret lathe
    RMD tubing bender
    Enco vertical saw
    Baileigh Auto cold saw
    IR 80 Gal dual stage compressor
    Misc Fab equipment

  • #2
    Maybe something home made that would fit your application...Bob
    Bob Wright

    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    • #3
      I made mine for rotating stainless tube fittings and weldments. The ones I saw were for arc welding and werent well suited for Tig welding.

      Mine uses a dc scr controlled motor gearbox setup and rotates the same regardless of the speed or load. The max speed is 1.5 rpm down to 1/4 rpm approximately, works well on stainless tube and fittings etc.
      mike sr

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      • #4
        Checkered flag,

        Reid Supply sells a few.
        www.reidsupply.com

        WLT-305 is $175
        WLT-315 is $450

        You may need to adapt these for your needs.
        I made my own motorized turntable and also a positioning fixture.

        My fixture uses a piece of 3/4" sch 40 pipe as the insert so I can attach this to a work piece as needed.

        Both save me a lot of time tigging.
        Attached Files
        Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

        Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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        • #5
          Thanks, I really don't feel like making my own, but for the money the are asking I may have to go that route...

          Any other suggestions?

          Thanks
          Two Dynasty 350's with Wireless pedals
          Victor O/A
          Profax 250 weld positioner
          Bridgeport mill
          Logan Turret lathe
          RMD tubing bender
          Enco vertical saw
          Baileigh Auto cold saw
          IR 80 Gal dual stage compressor
          Misc Fab equipment

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          • #6
            VanSant has a nice selection: http://trick-tools.vansantent.com/se...oner&x=17&y=14
            Miller Syncrowave 200
            Homemade Water Cooler
            130XP MIG
            Spectrum 375
            60 year old Logan Lathe
            Select Machine and Tool Mill
            More stuff than I can keep track of..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Checkered Flag View Post
              Doing lightweight 15 lb parts, what have you guys seen that you would recommend?

              Thanks
              Sorry, I didnt fully comprehend the question.
              mike sr

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nocheepgas View Post
                I love how the main page claims positioners from $249 but when you actually click on the link there is not a positioner under $1795


                -Dan
                Owner
                DW Metalworks LLC
                Miller Trailblazer 302
                Miller 8RC Feeder
                Miller Passport Plus
                Miller Dynasty 200 DX W/Coolmate 1
                Hobart Handler 135
                Hypertherm PowerMAX 30
                Smith O/A Torch Set
                Plus more tools then my wife will ever know about....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by engnerdan View Post
                  I love how the main page claims positioners from $249 but when you actually click on the link there is not a positioner under $1795


                  -Dan

                  Yea there are, just not rotary ones!
                  Miller Syncrowave 200
                  Homemade Water Cooler
                  130XP MIG
                  Spectrum 375
                  60 year old Logan Lathe
                  Select Machine and Tool Mill
                  More stuff than I can keep track of..

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                  • #10
                    USA built positioners

                    The best benchtop small welding positioners are made by MBC and the lowest price I have found is weldplus.com. They also have a lot of larger new welding positioners and a selection of used positioners. Most all of the positioners they sell are built in the USA, a couple are off shore stuff but they back them with parts.

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                    • #11
                      Checkered Flag,

                      I use an Atlas positioner.

                      Mine is the 100 series and will support up to about 100 lbs.

                      If used in the vertical position (rotating pipe for instance), it requires the addition of a tilt mechanism. Their 200 (Atlas) and higher positioners have the tilt built in.
                      I've had excellent luck with mine and Atlas has been good to deal with. You need to have an idea about the rotation speed needed, because they offer several options.

                      Locally, for you, BR Welding in White Plains, Md. is a dealer for Atlas. They insist that everything go thru a dealer.

                      You may want to check them out on the web.
                      Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
                      Dynasty 200 DX
                      Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
                      Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
                      Hobart HH187
                      Dialarc 250 AC/DC
                      Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
                      Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
                      PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
                      Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
                      Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
                      More grinders than hands

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                      • #12
                        Not sure exactly what your application is, but I'm planning to make up some jigs like this (not the Jawhorse itself, but the welding attachment):



                        The "articulating" part (below and to the right of the C-clamp in picture) I plan to make using old ball bearing balls (normalized so they don't crack after I weld them) and some HF clamps, etc.

                        Depending on what you need your fixture to do, you might be able to fab up something to fit your needs without too much time or expense...
                        Last edited by Helios; 03-04-2011, 10:20 AM.

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                        • #13
                          LOL,

                          A jawhorse is not really a "positioner" but I like the he11 out of mine.

                          Just finished a job (repairing two large SS marine mufflers) that required "a lot" of shifting things around. The jawhorse worked so well (especially with a purge hose attached) that I feel it paid for itself on one job. Liked it so well that I went out and bought the second one.

                          Now if I could figure out how to get it to "rotate" my workpiece, I'd be set.
                          Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
                          Dynasty 200 DX
                          Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
                          Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
                          Hobart HH187
                          Dialarc 250 AC/DC
                          Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
                          Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
                          PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
                          Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
                          Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
                          More grinders than hands

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                          • #14
                            Depending on your max capacity and OD, here's what I'd recommend:
                            Under 300 lbs, 8" OD and under, the 8P-200 Bench Welding positioner (may still be on sale if the have refurbished still in stock)
                            08P-200 Benchtop pipe welding positioners have a 300 lb load capacity & 730 in-lbs turning torque. Click for more benchtop pipe welding positioner information:

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                            • #15
                              Under 1,000 lbs, 12" OD or less, the 12P-900 Portable Welding Positioner (I know they're still a few clearance models and the discount is substantial)
                              12P-900 portable benchtop welding positioners have a 1,000 lb load capacity & 3,000 in-lbs of turning torque. View more benchtop welding positioner info here:

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