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    Default New Tig Cart Design - tell me what you think

    Hey, Guys. I just received my 250ex and needed a suitable home for it and not finding anything that I was willing to pay for that was unique or looked like it was from HF, I decided to design my own. Once I got it cut out, folded and welded I realized, "hey, that was fun and I be other guys might be interested in doing the same". I'm wondering how many welder guys out there might love to weld, but hate or don't have the facilities to fabricate parts for themselves. Anyway, this design is cut from 3/4 of a sheet of 18ga cold rolled and as you can see from the pictures, it's "bend friendly." You basically bend, fold, tuck, insert tabs, etc. And then tig a little or a lot depending on just how much of a project you want. Perfect for newbies and seasoned guys alike.

    Tell me what you think. I build kits for various custom auto projects and I've been thinking about expanding into "welding project" line, where I supply the kit of parts and you get all the welding and assembly fun. A kit like the Tangent tig cart might cost around $200 or so by the time it arrived at your place - you supply your own casters.
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    Nice Cart, I like that. Can you make it to house a TIG Cooler and a Plasma cutter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyknuck View Post
    Nice Cart, I like that. Can you make it to house a TIG Cooler and a Plasma cutter?
    Good question. I think the bottom of this unit will house a cooler. I've thought about making an "add-on" piece that would also house a plasma cutter or someone's mig. I did exactly that with my mig and plasma setup on another cart - I'll think on it.
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    Looks good, I have used that bending technique for prototype parts at work. Quick and easy to get the beds right where you want them and form the parts with pretty much no additional tooling requirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportbike View Post
    Looks good, I have used that bending technique for prototype parts at work. Quick and easy to get the beds right where you want them and form the parts with pretty much no additional tooling requirement.
    Yes, this plasma setup does make some pretty fine pierces and cuts. Some bends would be tough to even get in a brake anyway without major setup time. It just makes me smile.

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    Very nice ... the cut out lettering gives it a very professional look ...great job.
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    Great idea for a kit, looks really good. The no-chain argon is kind of cool, but might not be so suitable for those of us with big cylinders. I'm getting too old to heave a size "T" up that far.
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    Reminds me of the companies that design boxes for customized packaging for products. Really nice job. I agree with redbeard though I'm getting too tired and old to lift cylinders. LOL.

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    I like it. It serves all the requirements perfectly. Only thing I might have changed is how enclosed it is.
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    Thanks for all the good words, guys. Hope all are having a nice holiday.
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    Nice idea for easy bends and looks like your plasma cutter provides a nice cut. What type of plasma table and power source are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVA View Post
    Nice idea for easy bends and looks like your plasma cutter provides a nice cut. What type of plasma table and power source are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbeard View Post
    Great idea for a kit, looks really good. The no-chain argon is kind of cool, but might not be so suitable for those of us with big cylinders. I'm getting too old to heave a size "T" up that far.
    I never have liked using chain to secure my tanks ... this gives me an idea ... years ago I bent some 1" X 1/8" steel arounded a tank to make a ring that I put in the back of my pickup to transport tanks ... maybe I'll do something like that for my carts ... it worked really well for the truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVA View Post
    Nice idea for easy bends and looks like your plasma cutter provides a nice cut. What type of plasma table and power source are you using?
    Check out Precision Plasma for their Patriot 4x8 table. On the Hypertherm I'm using their Fine Cut tips. The control from CandCNC gives the user a lot of control over the cut. I'm still learning, but the results are getting better with each program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    I never have liked using chain to secure my tanks ... this gives me an idea ... years ago I bent some 1" X 1/8" steel arounded a tank to make a ring that I put in the back of my pickup to transport tanks ... maybe I'll do something like that for my carts ... it worked really well for the truck.
    I use some ratchet tie down straps to hold the cylinder. No movement or rattles, makes things feel so much more stable. Easy on and off, too. I used to have metal rings, but only for small cylinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    I use some ratchet tie down straps to hold the cylinder. No movement or rattles, makes things feel so much more stable. Easy on and off, too. I used to have metal rings, but only for small cylinders.
    That's a great idea too ... the rings would work well for me my tanks are only 80 and 150 cf ... but ratchet straps ...never even thought of that ... and it's so obvious. Seems I always make things more complcated than they need to be.
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