The KBC Tree Planting Bar is adapted to penetrate hard, rocky, or root-bound soils to form holes for planting trees. A cast iron blade and footstep is welded to a carbon steel stem and handle and then powder coated to protect the product from corrosion and wear.
Weld a Tree Planting Bar using a MIG welder in less than 2 minutes.
Wear appropriate safety equipment throughout welding.
- Welding Helmet
- Long-Sleeve Shirt and/or Welding Sleeves
- Welding Gloves
Gather the appropriate materials to weld and assemble a Truck Mounting Bracket.
- Head Casting
- Eastwood MIG 135 Welder
- ER70S-6 MIG Wire, 0.030"
- Crate filled with approximately 14" of sand.
1. Prepare Fixture
The fixture plate must be free of paint, grease, rust, oils, etc.
2. Welding Set-Up
On the Eastwood MIG 135 welding machine, set the Arc Volt setting to H and the Wire Speed setting to 4.
Connect the welder ground clamp to the fixture plate.
Plug in the welder, switch the welder to the ON position, and open the gas valve, adjusting the flow rate to 20 CFH.
3. Prepare Materials
Place the Head Casting, Stem, and Handle in the welding fixture.
KBC Tree Planting Bar Welding Demonstration
Watch the video below for a demonstration of Steps 4 and 5 for welding the KBC assembly.
4. Weld Handle & Stem
Tack the Handle and the Stem in the crevice on each side of the joint, flipping the Handle and Stem over on the fixture plate (14 seconds). Weld the exposed joint area, flip the Handle and Stem over on the fixture plate, and weld the remainder of the joint (35 seconds).
5. Weld Stem to Head
Tack the Stem to the Head Casting on one side of the exposed joint area, complete a quarter pass on the opposite exposed side of the joint, complete a quarter pass on the other exposed side, flip the assembly over on the fixture plate, and complete the remaining two quarter passes to finish the joint (54 seconds).
6. Slow Cool
Immediately place the welded assembly into the crate of sand and cover the joint between the Head Casting and the Stem in the sand to slow cool for 10 minutes.
7. Prepare for Powder Coat
After slow cooling, remove each assembly from the sand and clean sand off of all surfaces.