I have a Harbor Freight shop craneThe casters that it came with were quite lousy. I found some inexpensive Peerless 900 lbs rated 6" by 2" casters (the seller is 5 miles from me) and I think that they would work better on this crane. I would like to just weld them to the legs of the crane. I hope that it would make the crane very mobile for moving loads around.
I have basically three questions
- I am assuming that TIG welding casters to the far ends of the legs is not going to make this crane any weaker (possibly due to heat stress). The legs are probably made of ordinary mild steel and are unlikely to be carrying anything close to critical stress around the ends. The original casters were attached with 6mm or so metric bolts.
Is that a sensible assumption?
- How far away from the weld area should I go to remove powder coating prior to welding.
- After welding is done (TIG), what's a good simple way to paint it. I have some oil based tractor paint in a spray can, would be be a good application of it. I usually store this crane outdoors.
I would be unlikely to lift more than 1,000-1,500 lbs with this crane.i