Nice looking grinder!I had to focus on my real job for a bit, but I got around to designing & fabbing up a D-plate extension to accommodate a 6” contact wheel for my platen arm.
I made a support gusset for added rigidity, but I’m not sure it’s necessary. What do y’all think? I’m interested in your thoughts on this.
With this platen assembly I can use the flat platen, the 2” contact wheel…
….and the 6” contact wheel without changing the tool arm.
I ended up removing a little over an inch if the tool arm to allow the entire assembly to nest in closer to the frame, reducing the spring tension on everything due to the additional perimeter the 6” wheel creates. No adverse affects from that.
No additional project cost for this, since it was accounted for the original wheel kit.
If that's what you're doing after a year of self teaching, you're certainly on the right track. If you have any questions, check out the WeldingWeb forum. Lots of knowledgeable welders over there.I don't mind constructive weld criticism at all. I'm self-taught and only been at it sporadically for around a year....enough to finish one 80lb bottle of argon. Those are not my best welds, but the are a good example of me letting the heat build up at the end of my string, and me panicking to try to keep things from melting away. I get pretty focused on the point of weld and fail to plan ahead with easing up on the pedal near the end, so you're call is correct. I also ran out of 1/16" rod and was using .035" rod I have on hand, which I have to feed to quickly for me to control very well. But I agree that I think it will be sturdy enough, and adding more heat with gusset welds will risk warping. Thank you for the tips!