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  • Lincoln Squarewave 175 Pro weld cart

    Well, since everyone else is posting their neat weld carts, I'd thought I'd share some shots of the cart I built for the Lincoln Squarewave 175 Pro Tig welder.

    I bought the machine some two or three years ago and felt at that time that a perfect first Tig project would be to build a rolling cart instead of buying Lincolns offering.

    I also wanted a storage area below the machine for the ground cable & foot pedal which Lincolns cart lacks.

    The chassis is made of .125" thick 1 1/2" angle iron and is covered in 16 gauge sheet steel. The welder bolts to the cart using the same bolts that attached the machine to it's shipping crate (bolts cut down shorter as they were too long).

    I also had to fabricate a bracket that bolted to the machine up top to hold the gas bottle. Again, I used two of the original bolts on the machine case to fasten the bottle support bracket. This bracket also has a 1" wide x .125" thick steel strap bent to the shape of the bottle and welded to the bracket to reduce any chance of the edge of the sheetmetal bracket (.125" thick plate)from cutting a groove into the argon bottle.

    All-in-all, this was an excellent, yet inexpensive first Tig project that also is quite useful/functional. The most expensive part of the project was the cost of the swivel casters and the rear wheels. I believe the materials in total cost about $75 includint a couple cans of Rustolium Hammetone spray paint.
    Last edited by 10secBu; 03-02-2003, 03:42 PM.

  • #2
    Nice little cart.

    Boy that welder sure is red,maybe the guys here will give you a pass,because you painted your cart blue?Looks like all the money you saved by building that cart,got pored back into a nice helmet


    • #3
      The red color isn't true. The pics came out a little dark, so I had to adjust the color digitally after I scanned them in. The cart is painted gunmetal gray, not blue.

      If you want Blue, my Miller 251 Millermatic sits right beside this red machine in my lil 9' x 20' garage .


      • #4

        Pretty sturdy looking and a perfect fit for the machine!

        "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"


        • #5
          Definately a much better choice then what Lincoln sells to put the machine on. This is a very good machine I run one almost every day at work. We made the mistake of ordering the wheel assembly for it. What a joke it turned out to be. You have to be about 5' 2", which I am not, to comfortably roll the machine around. Then there supposed user friendly low clearance cylinder platform sucks, because the power cord always gets stuck underneath it.

          Just thought I would let you know that I like your choice much better.

          By the way, be careful with the torch, I accidently dropped mine on the shop floor and the thin brittle plastic handle shattered. To bad they put such a cheap handle on it. Other then that it is a nice little 125 amp air cooled torch.
          Last edited by Dan; 03-03-2003, 04:42 AM.
          MigMaster 250- Smooth arc with a good touch of softness to it. Good weld puddle wetout. Light spatter producer.
          Ironman 230 - Soft arc with a touch of agressiveness to it. Very good weld puddle wet out. Light spatter producer.

          PM 180C

          HH 125 EZ - impressive little fluxcore only unit


          • #6
            nice cart man.

            how are those solid tires working out for you ? I currently have pneumatic tires on my homemade cart and am really unhappy with them. would like to get some tires like you've got on your but keep hearing stories of them flat-spotting over time.

            - jack


            • #7
              That cart will last a lifetime!

              Nice job!
              It's not an optical just looks like one


              • #8
                Very nice cart. I really like the way you enclosed the bottom.First one I`ve seen like that. 6.75 in an 1/8mile in a Chevelle! Thats moving!
                Someday how about a pic of the car?

                It's a poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a
                word." -- Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)


                • #9
                  thanks was a fun learning project.

                  Russell, here's two pics...many more on my site.