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    I was wanting to make a welding cart for the 200DX welder and time got away from me. I looked into one of these from Northern.

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5734_200395734

    Looked great but I didn't want to spend over $200 for one. I was looking for some cabinets on craigslist and found one brand new for $100. The exact same one. The guy bought it and a Hobart MIG welder. Said his buddy was going to teach him to weld but bailed on him, then they have been sitting.

    Has drawers to put all your small items in. Like Tungsten, tips, nozzles, etc. Plus a bigger ones to fit the pedal and the cables. For those who want a nice cart, and not build one, this one is great. Sure beats the little ones that are knee high.

    BTW Learned how to sew some vinyl. Made some replacement seats for the 4 wheelers. Thought I would pickup some lime green and make a cover. Nice to keep the dust off the machine when not in use.
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    I covered one of their carts on our youtube channel. I like yours, but I think the one I got was a little better as far as size, and what it offered.


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    Both carts look pretty good. Comes down to what you want to use it for.

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    They are both nice, and the one I have has ball bearing slides. But, I like the extra room at the top as it will accomodate 2 welders, or a welder and a water cooler.

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    Hey, Brian Ski, haven't heard from you in a while- welcome back! I'm liking the toolbox on wheels approach to the welding cart: all the related tools and consumables right there in a lockable drawer, immediately accessible and out of the way of grinders or whatever yet still put away. Pretty smart way to do it, and you got a steal deal too.
    DaveO
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    I got mine at a surplus place: $50.00
    So look out guys, a scratch or a dent is all you need to get one cheaper. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    I got mine at a surplus place: $50.00
    So look out guys, a scratch or a dent is all you need to get one cheaper. lol.
    $50 is definitely a steal. I couldn't buy the parts to make one for that price. I gotta keep a better eye out for refurbs and surplus stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr120 View Post
    $50 is definitely a steal. I couldn't buy the parts to make one for that price. I gotta keep a better eye out for refurbs and surplus stock.
    You can always keep an eye out on craigslist and such for a toolbox to use as a starting point to build something similar. Just add the bottle rack and wheels.

    I like the one Brian got since the drawers face front. I can see having side drawers to be forever blocked by something or other. On Northern Tool you can see there are two manufacturers of those carts and while one kind gets great reviews, the other seems to have plastic hinges and crap hardware, and is generally panned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    You can always keep an eye out on craigslist and such for a toolbox to use as a starting point to build something similar. Just add the bottle rack and wheels.

    I like the one Brian got since the drawers face front. I can see having side drawers to be forever blocked by something or other. On Northern Tool you can see there are two manufacturers of those carts and while one kind gets great reviews, the other seems to have plastic hinges and crap hardware, and is generally panned.
    Thanks for the tips. I'm due to change my cart soon. My needs have changed since I first made it so it's time for me to rethink how I want to use it.

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    I've never bought a cart. I have bought used machines that came with carts and tanks. I have seem many builds, like out of an old shopping cart. I see old metal file cabinets getting throw out all the time and thought about dropping casters on one, with a couple hooks a, rim and maybe a plate for the tank. The tank part will be the tricky part due to tank size. Just for kicks since all the material would be free.
    Mike R.
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    FWIW, I bought the Hot Max cart (for an imig 200) and its fit/finish was surprisingly good.
    http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Max-WC100-...=welding+cartt
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    That's a good price. Same cart we sell.

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    my $10 cart it will work good for me Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by travis View Post
    my $10 cart it will work good for me Click image for larger version. 

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    Whoa Nellie! Now THAT's a cart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO View Post
    Hey, Brian Ski, haven't heard from you in a while- welcome back! I'm liking the toolbox on wheels approach to the welding cart:
    Yea been busy around here... Stop by once in a while... All the cheap carts I have seen are knee high and just to short. This works out great to pull up to the bench and make a few quick welds and put it back. Also nice to keep all the accessories with it.

    Picked up an older John Deere skid steer... It needed some work, so did my yard/drive. So it has been keeping me busy.
    Shade tree MIG welder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by travis View Post
    my $10 cart it will work good for me Click image for larger version. 

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    Gotta say that is a first that I've seen.
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    I was planning to setup my 160 STH welder on a small toolbox or some other type of cart that was store bought, but then I was given the cart that I am currently using. It's too hard to find something that is built for welding and made from something thicker than beer can material! So many of the newer roll away toolboxes and chests are 22 ga or thinner (I have no faith in those products holding up long term). Plus I have room for upgrades later on too.

    I laughed when I saw Travis' cart as I didn't realize what the base material was...until I read the part about it costing $10. That is some out of the box thinking right there! "A" for effort. Hopefully it lasts a while. Is it actually rigid or does it flex and wiggle around? I've been to the state fair, the county fair, and the circus, and I ain't never seen nothing like that!
    Andy
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    Whatever you say, Major Kong.
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    I like the Everlast welding carts they are well-made and reasonable price. I put the Plasma cutter PP60S on one the MTS250S on one and PT250EX on the other one when I need the cutter I just mover it out and cut or pull out the MTS and everything has it parts with the cart. I will have to get another one for the PowerTig 255EXT when it comes make more room. I thought of making one but I can buy one cheaper than I can make it, I just modified the MTS tank holder to hold two tanks and the Tig torch one with 100% Argon for the Spool Gun aluminum welding and 25/75 for the Mig gun steel welding just turn on the tank I need and weld.
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    Everlast PowerTig 325EXT (Canada)
    Everlast Power I Mig 250 (Canada)
    Everlast PowerPlasma 80S (Canada)
    Everlast PowerCool W300 (Canada)
    Everlast PowerMTS 250S Fitted with a 30A Spoolgun(Canada)
    Miller Dynasty 400 wireless(Canada)
    Millermatic 252 plus 30A Spoolgun(Canada)

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    my 10$ cart used to be a medical cart of some kind I think it was a portapotty thing but hay it works and its really have made rolls nice wheels lock down so it don't move when sit up oh did I say it WAS 10 bucks total lol

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