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    I am new to welding and just got a red box 5000 HD as a starter. I want to make a cart for it and will probably do some plans up at school tomorrow on CAD. Any suggestions as to what i should include on the cart, such as space for certain tools... or any cool things that you guys did that worked out good? Let me know your ideas.

    Thanks so much in advance!!!

  • #2
    A couple of items I find I am always looking for:

    Marking Pens / Silverstreak
    Nozzle Dip
    Extension cable (I run a heavy duty 220 V)


    • #3
      Sammy, everyone is different man. What I think would be important may not be what the next guy thinks should be there. The best advice I can give, would be to make a snatch folder on your desktop. Then you can build sub folders within that folder labeled to different projects. Every time you see something cool you can (save as) to the folder of choice, and its super easy to find all the cool pics you have saved. That way when you want to look for good ideas, they aren't far away.

      When I first started I just had to have a cart right now, so I built one. Don't get me wrong, the cart got out of control fast with all the stuff I thought I needed. It was not a total loss since it gave me good practice.

      Look and look and look some more, there is many years of thought on this site. With that much experience there is some really great ideas.

      Myself, I keep 3 lids on my cart. Two hang on the front are both auto-dark and a fixed shade #3 for the plasma sits on top of the welder. Other then that I have a couple plastic bins, since I didn't have material at the time. I also keep my 220 cords on my cart.

      All the other stuff is in a neat little cart I got on sale at HF.

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      Last edited by tom37; 02-23-2010, 10:45 PM. Reason: An after thought

      Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
      Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
      Clarke 180 EN Just in case
      Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
      O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
      Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
      4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
      Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
      Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
      I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.

      Projects and Misc Albums Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )


      • #4
        Cutters for wire
        Wrenches/nut drivers for changing polarity or switching wire spools
        Metal thickness gauge
        Wire brush
        Pam spray for nozel
        Spare tips
        Wire rolls
        Spare gloves

        Nice to have a place to hang your jacket and helmet, too.
        Jack Olsen
        The Garage (And its slideshow)
        The Car (And its slideshow)


        • #5
          Excuse my ignorance, but what are welpers??? I have come across that term a couple of times now but since i am new to welding, it is a learning process.
          Thanks in advance for your replys and thanx for all the help, and advice.


          • #6
            This is a link to a picture of welpers:

            Miller 211AS
            Miller 375
            Miller Syncrowave 250
            Miller Thunderbolt XL


            • #7
              Something I WOULD NOT want on a cart

              One item that no one mentioned, that has come up before is a fold-out shelf to lay things on. BAD PLAN!! If you do make one, the day will come when you just need to touch up something with the grinder. No matter how dedicated we try to be, that "just a quick touch-up" will occur. You do not want that grinding dust in or near your welder.

              Best of luck with the project.

              Jerry in Anchorage


              • #8
                -Mini-fridge (for the beer)
                -Receiver-mounted hibachi and charcoal carrier
                -Stereo rack with separate-mounted speakers

                .... oh, wait .... sorry, that's the party cart, not the welding cart ...

                -large wheels for offroad capability
                -some sort of steering for the front (think wagon)
                -slot rack for commonly-used tools; i.e., pliers, hammer, wire brush, etc.
                -bar rack for clamps
                -small tray for pens, punches, little parts
                -cable reels
                -torch holder


                • #9
                  I like big wheels for "off-road" use. Pneumatic or "flat free" tires so it doesn't rattle when going off-road.

                  Cable reels or racks...never fails to be rolling along and have a cable sneak under a wheel to bring things to a screeching halt.

                  If you plan on being mobile quite a bit, balance is important. Low center of gravity to prevent tipping, wide wheelbase, load distributed evenly.

                  Miller Dialarc 250 HF
                  Lincoln Classic 300D
                  AutoCAD 2010...Paper Is Cheaper Than Metal
                  Hypertherm Powermax 45
                  Milwaukee & Hilti Power Tools
                  John Deere Equipment
                  Paints and Quarterhorses
                  Billy Cook Roping Saddle
                  Billy Cook Reining Saddle
                  Our YouTube Channel


                  • #10
                    Not familiar with your model of welder you mentioned, but it's nice to have your cart wired. That way you plug your welder, grinder, drills, whatever into your cart and plug your cart into the wall. I also like a drawer, grinder hanger and cord/cable hooks.
                    Miller Syncrowave 200
                    Homemade Water Cooler
                    130XP MIG
                    Spectrum 375
                    60 year old Logan Lathe
                    Select Machine and Tool Mill
                    More stuff than I can keep track of..


                    • #11
                      Drawers for consumables, places to hang things.
                      Keep the weight down, as much as possible, you may have to lift it, someday.
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                      Millermatic 211 AutoSet w/MVP
                      Century 110 volt 90/110 MIG-Gone to my son, in Texas
                      Victor SuperRange OA
                      Milwaukee Cold Cut Saw
                      Milwaukee Portable Deep Cut Bandsaw
                      Milwaukee Hole Hawg
                      Jet Horizontal/Vertical Bandsaw
                      Jet MD-18 Mill Drill
                      Orbit Drill Press
                      12 Ton Floor Press
                      2002 E-350 V-10:
                      1983 F-150 4.9L 6
                      2004 Honda ST1300
                      2007 Suzuki LTA400F Quad
                      1997 Suzuki DR650


                      • #12
                        That's a nice little cart you made there