Installation Instructions

Quality Welding Lead Reels

Installation Instructions

Tools needed

Two 9/16” wrenches.

Tension Brake Installation

Attached to your reel you will find a 3/8″ x 1-1/4″ bolt and one 3/8″ nut for each spool on your reel. Screw the nut onto each bolt, then thread each bolt into the outside of each spool. These bolts are “friction brakes” designed to provide drag on the spool while unraveling to prevent freewheeling. It is recommended to maintain tension on the spool to prevent cross arcing during welding operation.

Lead Reel Installation

Step 1: Locate a spot to mount your new Chisholm Lead Reel. It should be a flat, solid surface upon which you can bolt or weld your reel.

Step 2: Measure two lengths of welding lead to install from your welder to your new Chisholm Lead Reel or reels. Make sure to route your cable before cutting.

Step 3: Install the negative lead you cut to fit between your welder and reel to the marked stud on the mounting plate of the top reel (or left side of a side x side reel). It is marked with a sticker saying “NEGATIVE -” (it is also the longer stud of the four). Remove the top nut and slide your lead onto the 3/8″ stud, then re-install the nut. Make sure to use two wrenches to tighten the nut back down.

Step 4: Locate the positive stud located on the lowest spool mounting plate or (right side spool of a side x side reel). It will be marked with a sticker labeled ” POSITIVE +” (it is also the longer stud of the four). Follow the same procedure as step 3 to install once located.

Step 5: Locate the 3/8” bolt installed on the inside of each spool, this bolt is for mounting your lead. Remove the nut and install your lead onto this bolt, be sure to tighten snugly.

DO NOT ROLL UP YOUR LEAD ONTO THE SPOOL UNTIL YOU TEST FIRST. Once step 5 is complete start your welder and test your leads. If for any reason you do not have an arc, do the following: Check to be sure all mounting points are tight and making good contact. The powder-coat finish conducts, but sometimes there may be more coating than usual around these mounting points.

If you have any questions while installing your new Chisholm Lead Reel, please feel free to contact us at or call (405) 222-0556 and we will be happy to assist.


DO NOT SUBMERGE while energized, possible electric shock.