Welding Project #2 - Welding Cart Part 4
There are many readily available designs posted for welding carts all over the internet, so finding one that fits your needs shouldn't be a real problem. Of course, there is always room for one more good design. There are plenty of bad designs as well. One item that is often forgotten on many welding cart designs is a good pull handle. Something that you can grasp to steer and guide the cart is important. It should be stuck in front of the welder of course, but I have seen a grasp bar mounted all the way around the sides of the welder as well. One other overlooked item is that most welding carts are pulled around edges and corners of items frequently, so it helps to have a slight curve to the front of the cart so that nothing is present to snag on the edge, and the curve naturally and gently guides the cart around the obstacle. A final small but significant item that is often overlooked, is the need for a hook or slot to fasten the welder to the top of the machine with a strap so it will not slide around or get thrown off. Speaking from personal experience, you need to have the welder fastened securely to protect your investment. Overall, a welding cart needs very little to make it useable. But countless hours of fabrication can be spent building a top of the line welding cart. Whatever route you decide to go, make sure it is stable, strong, and safe to use. Never risk it if you aren’t sure. If you get the cart built and decide it isn’t stable, it’s never too late to make some adjustments to keep you and your welder safe.