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Old 12-08-2014, 08:24 AM   #1
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Welder cart ideas

Hello everyone, I would like ideas, and any pictures of home made welder and bottle carts. I have a Hobart 145 welder/generator and the 32/40'' acetylene/oxygen bottles and I want to build a cart to move them around. Not a trailer, a push cart approx. 3'x4' size with pneumatic tires. I want enough ground clearance to push it around over sidewalks and such, and be able to roll it up trailer ramp door. I looked at bottle carts and my Hobart came with handles and small wheels but they are useless for anything other than smooth surface. I want larger tires/wheels to be easier to push 300+ pounds around, and I want everything on one cart, I considered a Home Depot style flat dolly with modifications, and it would work, but before I start the build I would like any ideas or pictures of your carts. Thank you and a wish for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all. D.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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Here's mine - I built it from scratch.





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Old 12-08-2014, 09:44 AM   #3
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I'm running straight flux core wire but the rear shelf is designed to hold bottles if I decide to reconfigure it to gas.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:26 PM   #4
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One I built for my TIG.






Similar to the one I built for my plasma.





Bought the wheels for the welding cart but the wheels on the plasma cart came from a trashcan I threw out and the casters from an old office chairs.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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I bought the welding cabinet from Harbor Freight- very stout & worth every penny!

On sale now-

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding-cabinet-61705.html

With my Miller installed-





3 drawers...



and helmet storage-

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Old 12-08-2014, 04:41 PM   #6
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I bought the welding cabinet from Harbor Freight- very stout & worth every penny!
That's the one I'm using as well. Worth every penny indeed!
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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Those are some sweet carts guys. Here is how I made out today with a cheapy HF cart. I got to use my new to me Bosch jig saw to cut some holes in the shelves for the gas bottle. Thing worked like a boss, holy cow. Should have bought one years ago. I will need a little practice though, my holes are not exactly round.



Lined the hole edges with door edge trim.



The plan is to bend up a slanted mount for the welder like the store bought ones have. For now, I just dropped the welder on the cart for storage until I get some sheet metal to bend up. I am also going to bolt on some hooks for storage on the sides.



I also am planning on replacing the crap hardware that came with the thing. Holy pot metal nuts and bolts.

Overall, for what I paid for it, its an ok solution and will work just fine for storage and wheeling around the garage until I build or buy something better.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:03 PM   #8
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I bought the welding cabinet from Harbor Freight- very stout & worth every penny!

On sale now-

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding-cabinet-61705.html





3 drawers...



and helmet storage-
Thanks! was not aware of that, looks great and the reviews are impressive.
Have been using a DIY cart for years but I didn't get the balance right and it does not have drawers for storage...think I'll upgrade to that one.
BTW, might be worth posting a review on the HF pass/fail thread here...
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:15 PM   #9
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I bought the welding cabinet from Harbor Freight- very stout & worth every penny!

On sale now-

http://www.harborfreight.com/welding-cabinet-61705.html
That looks sweet, and not a single bad review. I was going to tell the wife to buy me a Barrel Blaster for Christmas (http://www.barrelblaster.com/BarrelBlaster1.htm), but she just sent me an email asking me what I want and is suggesting we limit our purchases to each other since we are spending a fortune on travel, the kids, etc.

Normally I would agree with her, but this year I had my heart set on the Barrel Blaster but just did not get around to telling her I wanted it yet. Damn procrastination.

This HF welding cart may have to be my consolation prize instead of the blaster. I like that it has cabinets and drawers to keep everything stored away and nice and clean. I can always re-purpose my cheapy cart that I just rigged up. Hmm...
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:31 PM   #10
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:25 PM   #11
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That looks sweet, and not a single bad review. I was going to tell the wife to buy me a Barrel Blaster for Christmas (http://www.barrelblaster.com/BarrelBlaster1.htm), but she just sent me an email asking me what I want and is suggesting we limit our purchases to each other since we are spending a fortune on travel, the kids, etc.

Normally I would agree with her, but this year I had my heart set on the Barrel Blaster but just did not get around to telling her I wanted it yet. Damn procrastination.

This HF welding cart may have to be my consolation prize instead of the blaster. I like that it has cabinets and drawers to keep everything stored away and nice and clean. I can always re-purpose my cheapy cart that I just rigged up. Hmm...
Unfortunately I now have a bad review...went and bought one today at my local HF, was $150 using an online coupon, $170 otherwise.
Took it home to assemble it, the box was waaay out of square (nearly as bad as the picture below), so much so that the sides of the drawers had about a 1/2" gap top to bottom. The paint was not cracked anywhere and the box was undamaged so it had to have been built that way. Tried to exchange it but no more in stock per the manager though their computer said they had several, did get a refund after a bit of hassle and wait (the clerk was OK but was working alone at 5 PM in a busy store, lousy management)
Anyway, most things I've bought from HF have been OK but this item had the legendary poor quality they are famous for...however looks like mine was the exception given the good reviews.
I now plan to maybe modify my 4 drawer HF service cart for welding instead, make is something like the one below....




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Old 12-10-2014, 05:28 AM   #12
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Thank you every one. Nice looking carts and good ideas. Merry Christmas!!!! D.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:46 AM   #13
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woah!! Exact same cart even??

Been dragging mine around for 13 -14 years. Nice cheap setup.


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Old 12-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #14
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I have one that looks a lot like this for the mig

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...2860_200512860

My inverter Tig sits on a shelf and doesn't move much.
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