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My TIG built itself a cart today

Nothing to do today, crappy weather and nothing on TV no racecars in the garage. Decided it was time to start on a cart for my TIG.
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Very nice! I haven't had the opportunity to use a TIG yet....I have only used MIG.
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Excellent, Kevin! Does the welder bolt down to it?... Steel on steel usually doesn't have much friction.

By the way, awesome shop TV set. That's got character.
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Excellent, Kevin! Does the welder bolt down to it?... Steel on steel usually doesn't have much friction.

By the way, awesome shop TV set. That's got character.
It's hard to see in the last pic but the welder sits in a channel between the angle iron. The only way it can slide is forward and that sucker is pretty heavy. You also can't see a brace going all the way across tying the front two rails together hidden under the welder. If you look at the pic with the cart sitting on top of the lift you can see what I'm talking about. Because of the location of the gas nipple and the power cord I had to notch the upright pieces. I have to drop the welder in the rails and then slide it back the last two inches. Takes a fair bit of effort to slide it back. I did consider bolting it just as a precaution in case the cart tips over, maybe save the welder some damage?

The welder came with an eye bolt you can screw in the top for lifting. Up till now the TIG has been sitting on a moving dolly. I rolled it under the lift and put a strap around the lift and raised the lift the TIG to slide the cart underneath. I want to make some sort of removable tray for the top. Then I can still use the eye bolt to lift the welder when needed. I need to come up with a cleaver way to mount the Argon Cylinder to the cart still. I probably should have looked at some of the new inverter TIGs before starting this. I've been thinking about upgrading and the inverter takes up a lot less space.

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Very nice! I haven't had the opportunity to use a TIG yet....I have only used MIG.
The TIG is the way to go for making some really pretty welds and having a lot of control. I reach for the MIG when I'm in a hurry or doing a lot of welds or welding long seams since the TIG is a much slower and more tedious process. I have used the MIG a couple times to get into tight areas where line of sight was poor and hard to get one hand in the spot no less two.

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The space underneath is for storing the foot pedal and some of the cables. I haven't decided to just make it a tray or try to put in a sliding drawer? I'll weld a couple hooks on the uprights to hang the torch and ground cable.

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Nice work Kevin.


Maybe Mark can get some motivation from this thread.............. Oops, did I just post this in the open??

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Nice work Kevin.


Maybe Mark can get some motivation from this thread.............. Oops, did I just post this in the open??
I did some work on my car today but now I'm not going to tell you what! so there!
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Was it Archimedes that said "Give me a big enough TIG welder and I will weld together worlds." Or did I get that quotation wrong?

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Was it Archimedes that said "Give me a big enough TIG welder and I will weld together worlds." Or did I get that quotation wrong?

Nice cart.
I thought it was Da Vinci, but you're probably right Taz.

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... I need to come up with a cleaver way to mount the Argon Cylinder to the cart still...
Mount it to the back of the cart? That's how my MIG cart is setup... the tray underneath where the welder sits extends out towards the back and there's room for the tank, along with a small chain that goes around it to hold it tight against where the welder sits.

It's a really cool project. It's such a pain honking the around the welder on a moving dolly, etc.
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Mount it to the back of the cart? That's how my MIG cart is setup... the tray underneath where the welder sits extends out towards the back and there's room for the tank, along with a small chain that goes around it to hold it tight against where the welder sits.

It's a really cool project. It's such a pain honking the around the welder on a moving dolly, etc.
It looks great but be careful if the rear wheels are plastic centers the weight of tank and welder will make them wear quickly
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It looks great but be careful if the rear wheels are plastic centers the weight of tank and welder will make them wear quickly
It'll be like a ferrari where I'll have to replace them every five years

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Mount it to the back of the cart? That's how my MIG cart is setup... the tray underneath where the welder sits extends out towards the back and there's room for the tank, along with a small chain that goes around it to hold it tight against where the welder sits.

It's a really cool project. It's such a pain honking the around the welder on a moving dolly, etc.
Mount the cylinder with a timing belt that way it be on the same maintance schedule as the tires
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Mount the cylinder with a timing belt that way it be on the same maintance schedule as the tires
I do still have my old belts from the 328 I wonder what other parts I have around I could get creative with?

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Found an interesting cast aluminum piece to make a nice foot for my bottle holder. At least for the time being I made a couple saddles out of some leftover 2x3's. I really hate to use wood but I can drill some through holes in the top one and blind holes in the bottom and have the saddles double as filler rod holders.
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I didn't like just looping the strap around the verticle piece.
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Nice! Any idea what the cast aluminum piece was off of?
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Nice! Any idea what the cast aluminum piece was off of?
It was off a piece of scientific equipment I work on. I had scrapped a few machines for parts and took the cast aluminum pieces to sell for scrap. It was sort of in a C shape but if you look at the top you can see where the anodize is missing where I cut off the section I didn't want.

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