Refurbished Mechanised Welding Tractors for Sale

Welding tractors offer a level of automation which can improve the consistency, efficiency and productivity of your welding. Mechanising your MIG or Submerged Arc welding process could improve your welders ergonomics, increase your productivity and quality, increase profits by greatly reducing your costs.

At Westermans, we’re pleased to supply new and refurbished welding tractors, carriages and equipment from manufacturers such as ESAB, Lincoln and Gullco.

As there are many different types of welding tractor to mechanised and automate your application, why not give us a call. We can offer impartial advice on the brand but suggest the most cost effective welding solution for your project. We buy and sell all the ancillary equipment needed to automated your welding project like column and booms, rollers and track.

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Automated Welding Tractors and carriages provide automation, high speed, quality production processes to improve accuracy, uniformity and reliability for multitude of applications. 

As a repeatable mechanised process you and eliminate porblems and improve ergonomics so these solutions are regularly used in ship and barge building, offshore yards, tank welding, power generation, Oil and gas, bridge construction and rail repair and general tructural steel fabrication industries.



It has long been considered that the most productive and cost effective welding position within the shipbuilding industry is the flat position. To satisfy this, great emphasis is put in at the design stage to maximise the use of this position. However, even when adopting this philosophy, welding has to be carried out in a variety of other positions. Many shipyards have found major benefits when welding a specific section of the ship hull in the overhead position to use automation welding tractors.

Other applications for welding tractors and automation carriages include sphere welding, splice welding into a cylindrical cover, bridge welding.

Portable, mechanised welding tractors assist the professional welder in maintaining a safe and high quality weld. Sometimes referred to as semi-automation, the portable welding carriages make welding easier for the welder because the torch is taken out of the welder's hand and moved along in a controlled manner. This allows the welder to concentrate on the weld parameters and bead creation without being subject to uncomfortable positions, and it reduces his/her exposure to heat and fumes.

By maintaining a consistent torch tip distance, the arc voltage remains the same. Speed controls maintain an even weld bead and penetration; this reduces over-welding and, in turn, reduces costs. Distortion is controlled by maintaining a constant heat affected zone. Wire and gas waste is reduced as only the determined amounts of these are applied to the weld bead. Weld carriages can be used for MIG, TIG, and SAW welding. Besides lateral motion, many weld carriages can be assigned parameters to control other variables in the weld process.

When determining the type of welding carriage to use in a particular application, many options are available. The guidance systems are based on trackless and track type. Tracks can be mounted by magnet or tack welded to the area. Many weld carriages do not use track and rely on guidance wheels to keep the machine unit aligned with the root of the weld. Other considerations are position, length of the weld, and the type of weld. Options can be added to allow for MIG, TIG and SAW welding.

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