Welding Cart / Chop Saw Fabrication
I have owned my Hobart welder for a long time and broke one of the unspoken rules about welder ownership. According to welder lore, the first project one is to embark on after purchasing a welder is that of the welder cart. I’m only about a decade behind but I decided I was tired of dragging my welder and CO2 tank around the shop.
I was dropping some scrap metal off at a metal recycle place I use and found a shopping cart that the cart portion was crushed in the scrap pile. While it’s “against the rules” to take metal from the pile I frequent the place so much I guess I have become a preferred customer. They don’t care when I drop some metal off and pick some up off the stack. The guys running the machines will even point out some good stuff to me.
Anyway, I grabbed the messed up cart to use the casters on it for my welding cart. I built the entire thing out of scrap metal I had left over from previous projects. It turned out pretty nice but I will be swapping the rear wheels for rotating casters. It’s a pain having the rear wheels fixed. I find myself dragging the back-end of the cart to get it where I want it.
As you can see I also made a lower platform to hold my 14″ chop saw. I was thinking originally it would just be a place to store it so it would be out of the way but I find myself using it as it sits on the cart most of the time.
Here are some things that I will be adding to the cart in the future:
- hanger for my 4″ grinder
- Split the 220v line currently powering the welder into a 110v outlet to run the chop saw, grinder, and other 110v needs without having cords all over the ground.
- basket up by the push handle to hold small items like tape measures.
- hanger for welder cords and welding mask
- When I get a plasma I will add an additional level above the welder to hold it.