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    Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    I have a Thermal Arc 185 Tig and a Hypertherm XP 45 Plasma Cutter.

    Both are "small" Inverters...

    Looking to build a Cart to keep them on.

    The Thermal Arc has a bottle of course.

    Did a search and getting lost in the sauce.

    Anyone has pics of a Welding Cart they built and some ideas...

    Happy to see/hear, about the build!
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    You will find many different designs for welding carts, many to fit the welder and associated equipment. My cart has tig on the top mig under it and the water cooler on the bottom. Loops on the side for cables, it has a power connection box for incoming power with outlets for the tig and mig. I have both Argon and C25 cylinders on the back, this make a rolling package with a single power cord as a travel limit. One of main things is large wheels on the back under the cylinders and wide enough for stability and small caster type wheels in the front.
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Quote Originally Posted by walker View Post
    Beyond that,, the ONLY design criteria that makes sense is to use materials already on hand,,

    If you decide to buy the materials,, buying a completed cart will always cost less $$$,,,

    So, we need lots of pics of the materials that you have access to,,,,,,,

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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Do you have an old boat trailer that you could cut up for parts??



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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Thanks,materials are not much, but will probably go get some angle iron as that is used for everything.

    I have some scrap "I" channel I'm going to try and use and some old steel expanded metal for the bottom.

    I have some old 10" wheels and casters.

    Have to see if the wheels are strong enough as I believe they are spoked instead of solid.

    All of this stuff is in my metal junkpile and I try to keep that to a minimum.

    Saw this link from England, the Brits are good Fabricators, I mean they did build the Spitfire, right?

    https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/...trolley.54651/
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    No old boat trailers! (Thank God!)
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Something like this may work for your small inverters.








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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Something like this may work for your small inverters.








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    Hi,
    WOW!

    VERY NICE!
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Thanks!

    Here is the material I'm trying to use.

    It is not "I" Channel but "C" Channel, I believe.

    It will make the cart heavy, but I'm going to make it as small as possible.

    Not enough expanded metal so will use some old sheet metal.

    This stuff has been laying outside so will be a little work just to clean it up but that is normal...

    When you have a small shop and room is limited!
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Probably try for something like this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagiant View Post
    Hi,
    Probably try for something like this!
    That would work. Wide stance for the bottle rack and solid tires

    Donít include the brace indicated by the green arrow. Either fab up something more aesthetically pleasing or perhaps eliminate it altogether.




    Sorry I wasnít thinking and the designs I suggested earlier didnít allow for bottle storage.
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    And donít forget filler rod storage and cable management.




    The corner brace on this cart is purely cosmetic.


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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Thanks, I really see no reason for the brace?

    Yes. I want cable holders and even a small tool box included, for the small things, for the Tig and Plasma Cutter.

    Also some kind of pedal holder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagiant View Post
    Hi,




    Also some kind of pedal holder?
    Maybe something like this I made for a foot switch. Make it bigger and heavier though










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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Thanks, I can weld that up!

    Never saw a pic of one, just heard about it!
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    That was just for inspiration. You will most likely come up with something better


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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    I just don't understand why the welding carts have such small front caster wheels.

    One misplaced pebble, nut, etc and the cart gets hung up. My store bought cart from Lincoln is like that and its an absolute PIA when I wheel it out of the garage onto the driveway or patio and a small rock, twig, etc jambs the dinky caster wheels. Let alone trying to wheel it across the grass to my barn.

    Why reduce the front caster size to near nothing while keeping large rear wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry4406 View Post
    I just don't understand why the welding carts have such small front caster wheels.


    Why reduce the front caster size to near nothing while keeping large rear wheels?
    Monkey see/monkey do.

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    They just look at pictures and figure,
    OK thatís what Iím supposed to do
    However impractical
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    One thing for sure make you cable holder with the arch design as shown in many here, the hoses inside the lead will thank you.
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Thanks... On the small casters on the front...

    I think it is that they have to swivel to steer the cart...

    Another reason might be cost?

    I'm trying to build this cart from steel I've actually had laying around for 20 or more years, but...

    Just retired, so getting to some projects, I have been putting off, because of time.

    I have some small swivel casters and plan to use them, instead of buying new.

    Admittedly, nice square tubing and new bigger casters, would be better but that's not going to happen this time?

    Thanks again, everyone, great ideas, here!
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    Hi,
    Something else I'm going to try and add is a place for the old vintage tool box that I keep all the small stuff for the Tig and Plasma Cutter.

    I hate looking for something that I need for the machine in the middle of work.

    So, toolbox, cable hangers, pedal holder, tanks, and maybe filler wire holders,...

    Have to see if I can get that all in space wise?
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    Re: Looking For Ideas/Plans, For Welding Cart!

    There is a dedicated welding cart posting.

    https://weldingweb.com/vbb/threads/5...ead-Post-Em-Up!!

    I would suggest making the width set for two machines set side by side and two tanks .
    This will provide future space for additional machine and bottle storage.
    Large front wheel bolt on swivel casters and 8" wheels for rear.
    Harbor Freight casters and pneumatic tire are holding up well on my carts.


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