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Old 10-21-2010, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Yet Another Torch Cart

Built this cart up about 3 years ago.
For 20 years, my cylinders have been chained against the wall.
Always wanted a cart so, finally got at it,and came up with this.

Its made from 100% scrap steel.
1-1/2" X 16 Ga square tube from Yamaha ATV shipping crates,
acquired from a local motorcycle dealership.

This was also the first time I have ever gas welded anything.
Some parts on the axle are stick welded.
The chrome handle come from a clothing rack, that I had been saving for this project.

The holes are for the strap that will hold the tanks in place.
The wheels are new wheel barrow wheels with the outside hubs shortened
so they don't hang out past the tires.
The axle is a piece of 1-3/16 round that was laying around.

After some sandblasting and painting.
Don't much care for the color, but had some epoxy primer, and urethane top
coat to use up.
Wheels clear the floor by 1/8" when the unit is setting, to take the weight off of the tires.

The strap rolls around 3/4" pipe, that sit over 1/2" pins.
This setup holds the cylinders so tight to the frame, that you can grab on to
them to move the cart around.
The ratchet is a 2" military surplus unit.

Welded a cap over the square tube.

Its really well balanced and a pleasure to roll around to where ever its needed.
Sure beats unhooking and moving each tank individually.


Watch for more stuff, built from the scrap square tube.
-John

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:29 AM   #2
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You did a really nice job on that. How does that tool box stay in place? When you tilt back the cart for transport do you have to remove it?
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Nice! That first pic almost looks photoshopped. You have some sweet fab skills.
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You did a really nice job on that. How does that tool box stay in place? When you tilt back the cart for transport do you have to remove it?
The pics of the support shelf tubes show holes so I assume he has bolted the box to them.
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Are the tool box drawers locked shut when the box is closed? or do you have some other method for keeping the drawers from flying open when tipped?

Great Job by the way... obviously some real thought went into the design!
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:14 PM   #6
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Nice work!!! I like it.

BTW--technically, the nylon strap is not to be used for holding the tanks on..... It can be burnt thru while torching and then the tank can tip over and knock the valve off.... as explained to me by an old welding instructor...

Having said that, I bet the tanks do not move when you are moving the system around...

Maybe just add a metal chain to the outside.....
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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You did a really nice job on that. How does that tool box stay in place? When you tilt back the cart for transport do you have to remove it?
No, its bolted in place.
Have to remember to close the top lid, so all the drawers lock though.
(ask me how I know)
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:31 PM   #8
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Nice! That first pic almost looks photoshopped. You have some sweet fab skills.
Its straight off the 10 year old Kodak DC 240 shop camera.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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Are the tool box drawers locked shut when the box is closed? or do you have some other method for keeping the drawers from flying open when tipped?


Great Job by the way... obviously some real thought went into the design!
Drawers are locked when top cover is closed.
I looked at a lot of them, before I came up with this design.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:39 PM   #10
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Nice work!!! I like it.

BTW--technically, the nylon strap is not to be used for holding the tanks on..... It can be burnt thru while torching and then the tank can tip over and knock the valve off.... as explained to me by an old welding instructor...

Having said that, I bet the tanks do not move when you are moving the system around...

Maybe just add a metal chain to the outside.....
Thanks.
I would never be torching that close to the tanks, and if I was the
strap would be the least of my worries.
Some commercial units use a strap also.
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Very nice work. I like the strap settup and also the closed box -- I've always hated how dirty all the torch acessories get laying in the commercailly prdouced carts tray.
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