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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Calgary, Alberta

    Default What to include in welders cart

    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. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Northern California


    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. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Kansas City Metro


    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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    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.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Los Angeles


    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.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Calgary, Alberta


    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. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Dalton, GA


    This is a link to a picture of welpers:
    Miller 211AS
    Miller 375
    Miller Syncrowave 250
    Miller Thunderbolt XL

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Default 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. #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. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Custer Park, Illinois


    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.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2008


    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.
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    60 year old Logan Lathe
    Select Machine and Tool Mill
    More stuff than I can keep track of..

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