View Full Version : My new mig cart
03-30-2009, 11:38 PM
My old cart had grown to such a massive work of art I had to retire it. It wasn't to big of a deal until my little flux machine died, and I now have the need to take the 180 outdoors. Anyways here is a link to my album, I didn't take to many pics until it was mostly together.
There was no plan of any kind other then in my head as I went. The guys over at the Miller site pointed out a few key points as I went and I had to make a few changes. It isn't getting anything else added to it as its plenty big right now.
03-31-2009, 12:55 AM
I like the cart,, and the transformation along the way,, you only forgot one thing,,,,
built in stereo,, just kidding,,, I really like it,,,
on a serious note,,,
is it hard to change your bottle,,, or did you fab in some sort of release to change out .....
thanks for sharing your labor of love,,,
03-31-2009, 08:04 AM
Great job. I really like some of the ideas you put into it. I wish I had a ring roller for the beer holder....a must have....the beer holder that is. I also like the holder for your welding pliers, that is really clever. If you don't mind I'm going to incorporate some of your ideas into the cart I'm about to build for my Mig.
With all the charcoal around I would have expected to see a barbecue tacked on one side........:D:D
I notice you didn't put a pull handle on it? Any reason?
Thanks again for posting it.
P.S. I just saw your 1/4 inch rod bender. Can you give me specifics on it? What size of pipe did you use forit? How tall is the piece of pipe. What size is the mounting plate?
Thanks a lot.
03-31-2009, 10:49 PM
Thank You Thank You......
The bottle isn't to tough to change out. At first I had to lift it out of the cart. But now I can remove the 2 sheet metal screws on the cord holder and the 2 screws on the tank ring and it will set right out the back side. Making the lift only about 6" off the floor.
be my guest on any ideas you see stampeder.
As for the charcoal, you just didn't see the BBQ :eek:
Feel Free to click on my name to the left of the album name to look at the other albums I have posted. Most are projects but there is a few from work.
Ummm I am still in debate about the beer holder! That was my intension but it works really well for the spray can of anti splatter as well.
The welper holder was a after thought since no matter where you put them down you can never find them when you need them.
I didn't put an official handle on the cart with the thought that I would use the upright tubing that the torch and ground hang on as a handle. So far this has worked fine.
The cord being on the side was the best thing that I put on the cart even if it was thought of after I was near finished. Bending to wrap the cord on the back was a poor idea, specially when you are tired.
The rod bender is a piece of 2" schedule 40 I believe, welded to a 2 1/2" piece of 1/4" plate. The tab that holds the part being bent is 3/8 round bar. I used this little jig for all the bends I made on the cart, the small rings, the large rings and the 1" flat strap on the gel holder. Its kinda make shift but it worked. The small rings i just wrapped, cut, and straightened. But the larger ring I had to bend a little and advance and bend again. The Piece of pipe is only about 3/8" tall. One thing I noticed was that the 3/8" round bar sticking up was a little tough to get enough weld on to hold good. Also I had to grind a tiny flat spot on the inside of the round bar to give a place to grip the part I was bending.
Here is a link to an album of a cup holder I made awhile back. :( Sorry but yes it in in use in my truck at work and its still not painted. But it works!
03-31-2009, 11:03 PM
I almost forgot, last night I did my last mod on the cart. The wheels I used are HF specials and they needed help. The hub is slightly stronger then a beer can so I took the wheels apart and sandwiched a 3/16th" plate and bolted back together. No more wobble and look there even painted.
04-01-2009, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the info on you little rod bender....
Holder for anti-spatter, yes that's what I'll tell the wife it's for. Funny how it just happens to match the size of a beer can. But that's for after the job is done.
Question on your bending jig, whats the spacing between the 2" pipe and the little pin that holds the rod to start the bending? Did you say that this pin is 3/8"?
I'm going to build this little jig this weekend and try it out. As you have shown the possibilities are endless.
Really nice job on the cupholder. Funny, I have a number of projects that get pressed into service before the paint can get on them.
PS. Just reread and saw that you pointed out it was 3/8 round rod.
04-01-2009, 10:02 PM
Without going out to the garage and putting a tape to the jig, I would want to say that there is about 5/16th. A piece of 3/8 round stock would not quite fit, and I am not sure it would hold up to the force of bending 3/8 without a little heat.
Good luck, and please show us pics of your jig. I'm sure it will look nicer then the one I made. Maybe I can swipe an idea from the one you make.