Welding bench project in waiting
I acquired this 3/8" steel bench for a great price(free) during a recent shop move, and it's a project in waiting. For the immediate future I'm going to grind off the piece of angle someone tack welded to the top, then add shelves, and possibly a drawer, underneath for various electrodes, stock metals and such. Something like a SWAG clutter catcher off the right side and a set of legs on rollers off the left for working on long pieces of stock are planned also. My electrical situation is bizarre at the moment. I have 115v 20amp coming in from the right side. I have 50amp 3 phase 460v coming directly from the panel at the edge of the picture, which will be great for my Thermal Dynamics 1250XL plasma cutter. I have no real single phase anywhere near(120ft+) in the shop, nor any chance of getting it, due to limited panel space.
So I'm kinda hosed. My MIG is single phase, so I'll have to figure something out there. My diesel unit is sitting on the floor right next to the table at present, so I could have 200amp DC/225amp AC SMAW if I like. My TIG is limited to about 85amps output on 115v. I may see if I can scrounge a three phase welder for cheap off craigs or something, maybe an XMT 300, they seem to be $500'ish in decent condition. Everlast doesn't seem to have anything listed for 460v 3 phase.
Anyhow, that's the project. I intend to update this as the work progresses, which is going to depend on how much work comes in the door and how much free time is available. S/F....Ken M
Lincoln Power MIG 300
Miller 225 Thunderbolt (sold it)
Lincoln Squarewave 175 TIG(traded it for)
Miller DEL 200 welder/genset
Thermal Dynamics 1250XL plasma cutter