View Full Version : Project 1 from KSmith. Category: Welding Cart
04-13-2012, 06:56 PM
This welding cart was designed to hold my 3-in-1 520D welder, with another shelf for add-on. And a 125cuft argon tank. After deciding an Everlast 200DX was going to be the future addon, I had to lower the center tray about three inches, to put the current welder there, planning the top shelf for the 200DX.
The cart is constructed of 1"x1/8" angle, 1"x1/8" square tube, and .040" sheet metal for trays. There is support beneath the trays. I tacked the trays to the angle. 10" rear tires, 4" front casters.
Width: 16" (tray width)
Height: 30" with wheels
Length: 32" overall with tank support
Tray Length: 23"
Cart was primed with Rustoleum Grey Primer, then a coat of grey metallic, then a coat of grey hammered metallic.
Mig weld is nothing to write home about. More photos to come.
04-13-2012, 06:59 PM
04-13-2012, 07:08 PM
I had small sheets of masonite, so oiled the masonite surfaces, then layed those in loose in the trays. I will be adding another sheet to the top tray.
The cart is simple and utilitarian. It should move nicely even over the gravel drive in front of the shop.
I will have photos of the cart loaded up, later in the day.
04-14-2012, 03:02 AM
All loaded up the cart maneuvers very nice. The top shelf is saved for a future 200DX, finger's crossed. Some of the photos make it seem the cart is tilted, but it is just the effect of the wide angle lense. The cart is square in all dimensions.
thank you for looking.
04-14-2012, 12:45 PM
Looks good. Wish I had used bigger tires. I know my 5" rubber caster type are too small for shellrock. Could be all the weight on there too :D.
Make sure you get some chains for the bottle, they do not go bad or stretch on you down the road..
04-14-2012, 03:37 PM
The bungees are temporary for now.
Harbor Freight had a special on the 10" pneumatic tires a while back, for $3.99 each, and with my cart in mind, I stocked up. They can be bought now for the lofty sum of 4.99. http://www.harborfreight.com/10-inch-pneumatic-tire-30900.html
I bought 5/8" rod for the axles, cut and drilled for cotter pins.
04-14-2012, 05:56 PM
6236good place to buy casters and tires and other stuff https://www.surpluscenter.com/wheels.asp?catname=wheels they have them here for 2.99 they have all types of casters and wheels think these wheels look cool since have brass centers
04-14-2012, 08:28 PM
guess I'd need fancy mud flaps with those brass wheels.
great source. Thanks Rod.
04-27-2012, 07:50 PM
Nice job!!! I looked at a cheap cart at Harbor... Yea... It is a really cheap cart... And small. So it looks like you have a really nice size to copy...
I know you were going to put chains on the tank to hold it, but I am thinking of a cut out or something to hold the bottom of the tank so it does not slide around. Around here I have to drag it over a busted up old drive so anything I drag out gets a lot of bouncing. C'mon concrete drive!!!! Maybe I will get to a couple of pours this year.... Anyone want to help???
Jules The Great
04-27-2012, 08:33 PM
For holding the bottle I have the cart from harbor freight which uses chains but I also installed a bungee just to hold the bottle from rattling around which I would suggest as something to keep as well as chains, unless the bottle floating around in the chains does not bother you of course.
Also is that the rustoleum hammered finish paint? I assume you noticed that the thicker you put it on the bigger the hammer effect?
04-27-2012, 09:54 PM
Brian....I can just barely get two 7" diameter (up to 125cuft) tanks in the space on my cart. I was leaving open that option. I will probably just stick with one. I could make some sort of 'stirrup' for the tank to sit in, but it does not move at all as is. I am just wheeling it around in my shop. If I were to be moving it in rough terrain, I would want something more substantial also. Most of time folks use them on paved surfaces.
Jules...yes, it is the rustoleum hammered finish...grey. It was just a quick finish over the undercoat, and I didn't get to play with it much.