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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 01:27 PM

My Dad bought a Hobart Handler 135 about 10 years ago; with the welder he bought a cart for it. The Cart was very flimsy, and could not support the weight of the welder and shielding gas cylinder; once the cart bent up good he added supports to it and made it stronger, but still pretty weak. One of the places he worked at years before re-purposed a shopping cart, and he really liked that, so he ended up paying a few dollars for a shopping cart when a local store went out of business. The cart sat for years in the garage with stuff in it, and was never made into a welding cart. Last summer during one of my cleaning raids in the garage I went through everything in the cart and I was going to make it into a welding cart; although, I never got a chance to until last night, when I decided to start.

 

Here was the starting point.

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The first step, was to cut the pins that held the basket on.

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With the basket of, I cut off part of the bottom. I also unbolted the front wheels, which also took off the bottom basket.

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I did not need, or want the cart to be as wide as it was so I bent the sides in so they where parallel to each other. Since the sides where bent in, the wheels did not face forward, so they had to be cut off. I also shortened the rails about 5 inches.

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I cut out a section of the basket, and welded it in.

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Then, I welded the rear wheels back on, and bolted the front on again. I also made something to hold the gas cylinder; I used the back rest of the child seat. All I did was put a bend in the middle, and weld it on.

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All I have to do now is make something to wrap the leads around.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 01:32 PM

Looks good Ryan, :thumbs: Make sure the bottle support is strong enough for the bottle. I hate breaking gauges and regulators. :wallbanging:


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 01:50 PM

yup, X2 on the tank holder. It needs some more beef.

 

When I first saw the picture I though You were going the same route I went. You cut a lot more out of yours though. That powdercoating is nasty stuff, hard to get off and stinks when it starts burning!

 

 

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 02:42 PM

Since Brian pointed it out, Would not the push handle loop make a stronger tank support?

 

Don't cut it too short, I think you would want it higher that the center of the tank so it can't lever over the top.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:06 PM

Actually, the cylinder support is MUCH stronger then it looks, it will be plenty to hold it in place, it is really pretty sturdy.

 

I could have made something better to hold the leads, but I wanted it to be made 100% out of the cart; this is what I came up with.

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It holds everything nicely!

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I did not put a push handle on it, because I do not really need one. For the most part, it is going to stay in one spot; if I do need to move it, it will only me moved a few feet if the gun does not reach, which will not happen often.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:32 PM

That should work good for the short bottles like you have. I use C-125 bottles and they are about 4' tall and very heavy.

 

Nice job Ryan !! :thumbs:



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:40 PM

It looks really good Ryan.  Nice job  :thumbs:



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:40 PM

great work on the cart ryan looks cleaner having it like that then the cords wrapped around the top of the tank or how ever else most people have them



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 08:08 PM

That should work good for the short bottles like you have. I use C-125 bottles and they are about 4' tall and very heavy.
 
Nice job Ryan !! :thumbs:

Yeah thats the size tanks they used in the factory and what I was thinking about. You would want a bracket about 3 ft tall to prevent them from falling over.

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 09:33 PM

Looks good!



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 11:49 PM

Looks good.. But it makes my back hurt thinking of bending down to use it.... 



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 02:25 PM

Turned out really nice Ryan. Good job.                                                                            Roger.






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