I have a Lincoln 225 AC/DC arc welder that I would like to make
detachable leads for. Currently the leads currently used are
permanently attached to the welder. Has anyone done this before and if
so, how did you do it? I would like to attach some type of socket
connector to the welder so one could plug/unplug the leads. I am also
looking at making some extention leads for the welder so I would want
similar in-line connectors used to be available to make the extenstion
Any suggestions, leads or (hint, hint) links to pictures would be
The local welding supplier will have just what you want. Also, an auto
parts store or good hardware store. Forney welding products are sold
at many good hardware stores and they make what you want. If the goal
is to build it yourself you can still see what works. Bring your
calipers, pencil, and paper to make a dimensioned sketch.
Go to any welding supplier and tell them what you want to do. As mentioned
before, twist connectors are a snap. What is not mentioned is that you must
be aware of voltage drop that is related to the size and length of cables.
Get the right cables, don't make them too long and not too thin/fat. Info
at the shop, or online at Lincoln Welding.
The Tweco "Weldskill" type are the camlocks. They are also cheaper than
the DINSE type, note the "Weldskill" are sold as a complete set where
the DINSE are individual components. Camlocks are also commonly use in
the theater / film / video world for power feeds so you can get them
from those supply houses as well.
Another solution that has not been mentioned .......... one that I went to
on my Miller Thunderbolt after getting a lot of jobs doing metal studs for
the Government .................
I got tired of stringing out a lot of lead. I put a longer extension cord
on the welder. Easier than stringing leads that get cut/damaged.
Just a thought.
also check with forklift companies. The battery connectors from
electric forklifts can and are used to great effect for making up
extensions leads. And for jump starting cars and big rigs and so forth
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them;
the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences."
- Proverbs 22:3
One of the reasons that Miller changed to solid connections insead of the
tapered plug/socket, is that users would leave them connected all the time,
and not clean the connection. Which would lead to corrosion, overheating
and potential problems all abd generally leading to liability on Milllers
The lawyers at work again, not to mention that a bolted connection requires
fewer parts, less expense, more profit.
All this from my Millers rep.