Ox/Acet cart ideas?
Finally bumped up to the larger tanks for the torch set, found a nice deal on CL nearby that I couldn't pass up.
It came with a crappy cart, so it would be a good time to make something nice for the long term.
I have a very crowded garage, so I'm thinking I like the idea of a front-to-back orientation of the tanks on 4 wheels moreso than the normal side-by-side that you have to tip back to move it.
I think the 4 wheel in-line design would be easier to move around. Something like this, but with additional hose storage, box, etc...
Anyone have the in-line cart design? Do you like it vs the regular tank cart?
Last edited by T.Hoffman; 09-05-2012 at 09:55 AM.
One question, does your torch cart see use that takes it off of hard surfaces? I had a cart here a couple of months back to modify for a friend so he could take it outside his shop and onto rough ground. Bigger wheels and different axle were needed. If it stays on hard surfaces that style cart will work fine.
If you build it yourself make it so you can change the "back" bottle without taking the "front" bottle off.
I prefer a regular cart to the inline for use outdoors.
Where I am now I have no gravel or off-road need, but I do plan on moving in the next few years.
Who knows what that will bring....
I do have the little portable tote-tanks in a carrier that I can take just about anywhere if needed.
Most everything I do is in or around a cement slab.
Take a look at the miller site, a welding cart is a pretty common first project. There are stack ideas but those deal mainly with MIG/TIG and potentially coolers. There are a couple of much larger ones that include more of a mobile work area but then you are getting to the NASCAR "war wagon" size.
Agree on the in-line idea, seems to fit so many more places.
For me the biggest issue I have procrastinated on for years has been to make the method of holding down the tanks more secure...a loop of rod with a chain hooked onto each end makes me hold my breath each time I hit a crack in the floor...a wider band that "clamps" around more of each tank is the plan.
This my solution for a restricted shop.....
If you want more tank security, something like this is easy to ad.
Might be a few ideas here.
Last edited by Chester; 09-05-2012 at 12:55 PM.
Mine is side by side, but I used a standard two wheeled dolly and added chains and a tray. Much cheaper than buying a welding cart and even cheaper than buying the material to build one.
Great cart, thanks for the picture!
This is sorta what I'm leaning towards, but with wheels under the front too.
My garage is so packed at the moment, I have a tough time walking through it.
Originally Posted by Dr Stan
Not junk, just a lot of STUFF. I need a bigger space, which is why I would like to move.
So if you have the two-wheeled normal side by cart, when you need to move or use the torch cart, ya gotta tip it back to move it.
Sometimes that is not easy to do when things are packed in there, and you have to move several things to get at what you want.
I think the money spent to make a cart is well worth not having the aggravation and frustration of dealing with a cramped garage space....
I think it would be real nice to have 4 wheels, to large dia wheels in the back, and two swivel casters under the front.
Then you could move it without the need to tip it. You could push it or pull it.
Instead of a band clamp, how about a metal V on the backside and nylon ratchet strap to secure the cylinder in the V?
That would handle mulitple size bottles better than a clamp.
Maybe something like Chester's cart, but load the bottles from the side, the opposite side having two V's for securing the cylinders.
Then you could get at either tank by itself.
You could still have a box on the end for accessries and a taller handle on the end.
Last edited by T.Hoffman; 09-05-2012 at 04:39 PM.
Agree with Dr. Stan, Those two wheel dolly carts are rediculously cheap. just narrow it up or alter as needed.
The HF torch cart is $50 as well.....
Originally Posted by sasquatch