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360-Degree Welding Table Makes Big Jobs A Snap
When John Martens was building large liquid fertilizer caddies, he needed a way to handle the big frames. His 360-degree table and hoist made it easy.
    “I manufactured 135 carts over an 8-year period and the table was a big help,” says Martens. “I can clamp frames in place, weld them up, and attach wheels. Using the overhead hoist, I can then pick the caddy off the table, set it down on the floor, and roll it out the door.”
    The welding table is made from 4 by 6-in. steel tubing. At one end, the table is attached by a pipe-in-pipe bearing to an irrigation wheel gearbox with forward and reverse drives. It’s powered by a 3/4 hp electric motor. A large pulley from an Oliver model 40 combine on the gearbox drive, slows motor speed.
    The other end of the table also is attached to a pipe-in-pipe bearing. Both ends are supported by 3 by 3-in., 1/4-in. angle iron legs.
    “I put adjustable screws made from threaded rod between the legs and the floor,” says Martens. “The rods have steel pads that rest on the floor. The rods turn through 2 nuts welded together at the base of each leg. They make it easy to adjust the height or level the welding table ends.”
    Martens put a goose leg in the table to accommodate the design of the fertilizer caddies. He points out that it could be any design; however, it continues to work with other projects as well.
    “This past winter I used it to weld a frame for a neighbor’s picnic table,” says Martens. “I just made the clamps I needed to hold the piece in place.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Martens, 45156 Road 3 W, Sanford, Manitoba Canada R0G 2J0 (ph 204 736-2723).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3