Extreme Man VS. Machine - Welding

In this episode, we saw Paul Sableski in an edition of Man VS. Machine utilizing our Gullco equipment. Paul, prepped a 1/2" thick A36 plate that was 4' long, first with the KBM-18 beveler, and then set the plate in 3G position to first weld the first 2' himself, then the second 2' was welded with the GK-R-300-D KAT® Rugged Light Weight Carriage Radial Welding Oscillation Combination.


Paul made a great point, after comparing his time of 8:53 to the machine's 7:27, he said he kept up pretty good here, but that was at the very beginning of the day. Welder fatigue is something that just happens, to be this consistent after several hours of work or a long 10-12 hour shift is very hard to do. We understand that it's a common thing to hear that machines are replacing humans, that's just not true. There will always be a need for someone to set-up and be knowledgeable about the current technology and oversee the work! The machine is NOT taking your job! It's helping you to not have so much physical strain on your body!

Equipment Info:

This carriage has a speed of 1 - 32.7 IPM (2.5 - 83.1 cm/min), heavy duty quick action self-aligning wheels combined with two track mounting paddled locks, accurate carriage speed control by conformal coated ingress protected 24 volt Gullco microprocessor.

It has a maximum load capacity of 56 lb (25.4 kg) regardless of weld position.

It also has a forward/stop/reverse switch, high speed return, infinitely variable multi-turn speed potentiometer and LED display.

The Oscillator control provides Auto Arc Start, independent dwell at each end and center of the 0.8 - 45˚ oscillation width stroke, infinitely variable 0 to 5 seconds; oscillation speed potentiometer, speed range 1˚ - 45˚ per second. Weld oscillator head mounted on infinitely variable dovetailed tool-less racking system

Other engineered features include:

  • Tool-less Setup, Adjustment & Operation

  • Quick clutch mechanism

  • OSHA Safety Orange

  • Ingress Protection (Sealed Unit) including Conformal Coated Circuit Boards

  • Energy Efficient

  • Universal Compatibility to all welding power sources and wire feeder

  • Compatible with all existing rigid track and the new semi rigid track sections


FEATURE DETAILS DYNAMIC RACKING: Using a machined dovetail racking system and locking rack box, torch positioning is versatile and adjustable. The rack box can be positioned anywhere along the racking and torch removal and adjustment is simple.

SELF-ALIGNING WHEELS: Self-aligning wheels means the carriage is mounted to the track correctly and easily every time. This ensures smooth carriage motion and maximizes the life of the track.

TORCH HOLDER MEMORY: The torch holder has been designed for quick and easy removal of the torch so that cleaning and accurate repositioning of the welding torch in the optimal position is simple and consistent.

PADDLE LOCKS: Quick installation paddle locks provide smooth transition of the self-aligning wheels onto the track.

MACHINE UNDERCARRIAGE: Lightweight design engineered for optimal setup times utilizing the self-aligning wheels and paddle lock technology.

SEMI RIDGID TRACK: Semi rigid track is made from precision extruded aluminum and a securely affixed steel rack. The interchangeable end design enables fast accurate joining of the track sections and provides smooth movement of the carriage along the track in both flat and curved surfaces. Flexibility between 0 - 20’ (0 - 6.1m) ID/OD.


For information: visit their site here!

Leave a comment