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    Default Build a welding cart or buy a welding cart

    I know most of us would rather build a welding cart but if it is cheaper to buy an off the shelve welding cart, what would you do?

    It's for my MM 135. I'm removing it from the current cart which I built inorder to house both my dynasty and mm. I scraped the miller cart it came with years ago. If I still have it, I would scrap the wheels to build a better cart since I hated that thing!

    HF welding cart. $49.99 (sale price) + 20% coupon = $39.99.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90305

    I remember spending $30-$35 for the 4 wheels on my current cart from OSH!

    It will cost me $75+ compared to $39.99+tax!

    Build or Buy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunGuy View Post
    Build or Buy?
    buying can be faster and cheaper

    building usually is more fun, and can be more easily
    customized to any needs/desires you have.

    your choice

    frank

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    Surplus Center has very inexpensive castors. Might try looking there first.
    I say build.
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    Default Welding cart

    Hey,
    I would build one my self you will be proud of it for one, Plus you get all that you want out of it. buying one never fits your needs. Good luck
    Vernon

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    If money is not an issue- definitely build! Will be customized- and if you build it right it will last forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunGuy View Post
    I know most of us would rather build a welding cart but if it is cheaper to buy an off the shelve welding cart, what would you do?

    It's for my MM 135. I'm removing it from the current cart which I built inorder to house both my dynasty and mm. I scraped the miller cart it came with years ago. If I still have it, I would scrap the wheels to build a better cart since I hated that thing!

    HF welding cart. $49.99 (sale price) + 20% coupon = $39.99.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90305

    I remember spending $30-$35 for the 4 wheels on my current cart from OSH!

    It will cost me $75+ compared to $39.99+tax!

    Build or Buy?
    If you do opt to buy the one from HF it might not fit your MM 135. Make sure and double check measurments. IIRC you can't open the side to change your spool of wire.
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    I say build, it has your signature then. Anybody can buy a store bought one. I like it to be something that gets noticed and fits what I want it for.
    "The only source of knowledge is experience." Albert Einstein

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    Have you actually put your hands on the Harbor Frieght cart, assembled with a welder on it? Those carts are rickety, wobbly worthless pieces of junk. Definately not worth spending any money on. I had one for awhile a long time ago and when I got rid of it I could barely give the thing away it was that bad.
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    You bought the tools so that you could work with metal. Now work with metal and build your own. For $10 in tubing and wheels salvaged off something else you can have a real nice cart. I personally like to make them with two wheels, like a hand truck, to run it across dirt, instead of those four tiny casters. If you lived close I'd give you the wehels too.

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    You bought the tools so that you could work with metal. Now work with metal and build your own.
    This statement could'nt be anymore true!

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