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    Well here we go, my first post ever. I have been one of those to hang around in the background just watching the discussion and the dissemination of knowledge (daily reader since Jan.). I bought my HH135 in March and like many, I love it. I have always been one to research things before I jump in and my projects have been no different.

    After you buy a welder, you need a cart. I wanted to make my own for several reasons. Personal satisfaction of doing it myself, ability to customize it and expense. Attached are pictures that I took earlier today. As you may notice, it is still not painted. Reason for this is based on advice I read from someone else suggesting not to paint for a few months because use will lead to modifications and enhancements of design. Changes that will not be a problem if I need or desire.

    For those of you that may want to know. I built the frame with 1 1/4" angle iron and 1 1/2" flat, both 3/16". Now I know that 3/16" is the upper limit for HH135, but with the flux core and plenty of destructive test welds I am confident in the strength. After all, it's holding my baby!

    Note that for the two decks I used cedar tongue and groove wood. Then I used the angle to create a frame of sorts to make a nice finish. I may have to patent the method I used to keep the deck from coming out the bottom!

    Cart top is a friction fit for convenience of removing welder should I need to or to make room for the access door when I am changing wire. Made from an old shelf I found at the local metal salvage dealer. I had to cut to fit and the repeated tack weld the seams both ways and all the holes too. I wrote with a Sharpie on the top, "watch heat", so I wouldn't get a warp.

    As you can see I built the cart to hold a tank and as of about 3 weeks ago I now have an 80 cf on the back with double safety chains (can't be too careful). I love the gas, but like I told my very understanding wife, I already knew what to expect from my research. You guys are right on the money.

    I lastly want to say thank you to some people who have been helping me and didn't even know it...YOU. I am particularly grateful to a few very familiar names like ROCK, Dave Evans, Doug, Mike Sherman, Slagman, Old Man Stick, The Old One, Rocky D., Steelhanger and even ANONYMOUS! Thank you.

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    another picture of welder cart

    Just a different view of same cart.

    Brent

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      Cart

      Real professional job, Brent.

      When I make a cart like this, (and I found out by trial and error), I make the bottom frame 2 or 3 inches wider that the top, for stability. It doesn't take much to flip a cart over when the CG (center of gravity) is high.
      Another thought I had when I saw your hood. Over the years of wearing heavy hoods and constantly flipping it down, weldors sometimes, like me, get injury to the neck, (weldor's neck)pinching the nerves and other stuff in the neck. I went to a Speedglas hood and find it much better. It's lighter, and no more flipping. Just something to thnk about...you're doing great, Brent, keep on arcing and sparking

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        Rocky,

        I know from my time reading this board that you are a real professional. Thank you for the compliments and feedback. I already have my eye on an auto-dark hood, but for now I am living with the old style. I have to admit though that I do cheat a bit. When possible I put a 600W quartz light right next to the weld site and I start in the right place every time with no flipping. Just another tip I found from my research of the old board posts. When I mentioned this little trick to the guy at the local welding supply store, he sure thought I was pretty clever!

        Brent

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          HI BRENT.............WELL GLAD YOU LIKE THE SITE, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE BACK GROUND THEY SET AROUND READ, AND SOMETIMES LISTEN.......A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SENT ME E-MAILS OVER THE YEARS...........,. GLAD I COULD HELP OR AT LEAST OFFER AN OPINION........................CONSIDERING I NEVER FOUND THIS SITE FOR OVER A YEAR AFTER IT WAS ACTIVE, NO ONE THOUGHT TO INFORM ME........BE THAT AS IT MAY THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS AND SUPPORT............BE SAFE OUT THERE AND THANKS FOR THE THANKS YOU...........ROCK......................... [email protected]

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