Welding cart that doesn't suck

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  1. CyberSniper

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    I'm probably going to add a Dynasty 280 DX CC/CV to the arsenal soon. The goal is to have something decent for two torches (one flex head, one fixed), the water cooler, and a wire feeder on the cart. Preferably with one drawer for consumables. Need not have room for the tanks as I have a gaggle of tanks.

    Have you guys seen anything out there fairly cheap that I can modify?
     
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    sweetk30 the world is going down in FLAME'S Premium Member

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    best i see all the time over on garage journal forum is the BUILD your own version .

    i have both . my first one i built my self and loved it . then i got 2 more welders and made a stacker bracket / mount for them . now my plasma cutter is on my first welding cart i cut down and modified . then i do have a true cheepy cart for the 4th welder that was with it when i got it . its o.k. but its cheep like most all of them .
     
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    A shopping cart.
     
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  5. CyberSniper

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    I don't really want to build one. I can, but I need more projects like I need another hole in the head.

    I'm currently using a cheap tool cart with the tray upside down:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/blue-30-in-service-cart-with-drawer-56606.html
    I have a Multimatic 215 on top and a cheap plasma cutter on the bottom. I keep the consumables in the drawer.

    My other welders are riding on their own running gear.

    Everything else is on janky old carts and stuff as I bought it used. I want to send this stuff out to pasture with the purchase of the Dynasty 280 DX multiprocess (the one with CV). I may keep one of my crappier MIG welders so then I don't have to change wire ever. I hate changing wire. Usually if I change wire then I change the whole whip to match the wire. So something quick turns into an hour job.
     
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    i modified the harbor freight version bp71k5 linked above, needed to to hold two bottles
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    I run the same HF cabinet as @bp71k5 and @LLeff. No complaints.
     
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    I have that cart and my only complaint is the drawers don't really have a detent where they stay closed if it slightly points downhill it will open the drawers.
     
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    You guys are selling me on it... anyone remove the bottom door, cut a hole in the back and put a cooler in there? If a Coolmate3 will fit in it I might go for it instead of a Coolmate4.

    Coolmate3 is:
    23 in (584 mm) Long, 12 in (305 mm) Wide, 13-1/4 in (337 mm) High
     
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    it could take the 12” wide, but the height is only ~10.5”. Only 20” deep as well.
     
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    What if I yank the bottom drawer and cut out the back?
     
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    would have to yank out the bottom drawer (on slides) and the very bottom “garage door.”

    they had it in stock when I got it, maybe check it out in person and grab a tape measure from the next aisle to measure more detail.
     
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    The one that I go to sucks now. They're pushing all the crap that they put in locked cabinets now. Any of the stuff you actually want isn't on the shelves anymore because it's sold out or they don't stock it. Seems to have started sucking the moment they got rid of paper coupons.

    I was planning on buying a Steelcase desk from the thrift store and pillaging it for the drawers and building my own but the $20 Steelcase desks are now $200. So I'm back to looking for something else to start from. I really don't need another project. I don't even have a real welding table.
     
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    Got a free metal cart and cut a hole in the top for the bottle to fit...skrewed a tool pouch and gate handle on the front, mounted hooks on the side, and slapped a tool box on the lower shelf.

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    The only thing I've seen that I don't like with my HF one mentioned above is the front casters. $8 at a farm n fleet or other hardware store replaces those though. Then it's great
     
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    I have the bigger Hazard Fraught cart I nabbed off CL cheap. My grinders and consumables and everything all right there on one cart. Just drag it out in front of the shop and get to it!

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    The Vulcan one looks like something I'd want, but they're expensive for something that isn't perfect... getting really close to the Miller cart in price. Would be nice to have a cabinet to store my helmets in. If I could find a deal on one then it'd be different. Or if they'd let me use a 20% off coupon.

    The homebuilt one I could manage to deal with. It looks fine. The TIG cooler is my problem. I'd probably build one just like it except have sides on it to more easily hang the torches.

    If I build one it will be unwieldly and grotesquely overbuilt. Need to find something decent..
     
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    I discovered this weekend I need an off road welding cart, small ass casters don't do well in the dirt.
     
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