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As lightweight as a lot of welding machines are these days, you still don’t want to lug it around the workspace constantly, especially with all your other tools and any gas canisters needing to move along with it. Every welder should have a welding cart, and one that suits their needs, whether that be for maximum storage space, extra work space, or just a no frills way to wheel around your 30+ pound burden throughout a long day.
These are some of the best ones I could find.
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Klutch 48410 2-Tier
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7 Best Welding Carts - Reviews 2020
1. Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart - Top Overall Pick
This cart trades a shelf for a lockbox, which I can’t say is a bad trade. This is an unusually tall cart (35 ¾”, about 6 inches taller than standard) with a slightly wider body (18 ¾”) and roughly standard length (27 1/4”). This one is clearly made for a bit of a taller person with a bit bulkier of a kit.
The wheels on it are pretty good. The back wheels are hard rubber rather than the stiffer PVC or plastic, giving them a bit of extra bounce and give to offset the weight better. Which is good, because this cart is pretty bulky, coming in at 46 lbs and fairly unwieldy if you need to muscle it around. Thankfully it should glide smoothly most of the time.
That extra bulk comes from of course the centerpiece: the safe-like locked container on the bottom. The durable steel construction means it’s going to be hard to bust into, which leaves the lock itself as the only easy failure point. It’s not the greatest lock in the world but it gets the job done, and just having one tends to discourage nosy people and casual theft in any case.
2. Hot Max WC100 Welding-Cart- Best For the Money
This is a simple, but well made and designed cart. Durable stainless steel construction ensures it will last a long time, but leaves it lightweight enough to muscle around as needed (only 34 lbs, before you put your machine on it, of course).
The cart itself is 13” wide, 33” long, and 29” tall (not including the wheels in the width) and uses a three tiered construction for extra storage space. Plenty of room for your toolbox and other needs, and of course fits pretty much any MIG welder or plasma cutter out there. The handle sticks out satisfyingly far, putting it out of the way of any of your leads.
The only thing I’m not too impressed with are the wheels; I don’t really like hard but textured rear wheels like this one sports. They tend to lock up and scrape against the floor once you get some weight on it, but so long as you’re not loading this cart down overly much it should be fine.
3. ARKSEN Universal Welding Cart
This is a lightweight, inexpensive three tiered cart that will serve you pretty well under most circumstances. Each shelf is roughly 17 ¾” by 11”, plenty enough space for pretty much anything you’d care to throw on there, and compatible with just about every welding machine there is, no matter the type.
While boasting heavy duty steel construction, it still remains lightweight (22 lbs) and easy to maneuver with its two casters and two large wheels with rubber tires. The whole thing sits at a comfortable height (27 ¾”) and the overall footprint (28” long by 15 ¼” wide) makes it easy enough to park it most places you’d care to.
The price is nothing to laugh at either, costing about half as much as a similar cart. The main drawback here is one of the things they decided to cut to reduce that cost was handles, leaving you to use the lipped underside of the top shelf as your makeshift handle, which brings it up short and makes it awkward to move.
4. Yaheetech YT-926 3-Tier Welding Cart
Yaheetech’s offering is a simpler cart, but definitely great for the price. It’s lightweight (25 lbs), maneuverable with good rubber wheels and solid casters, and has a nicely angled pull bar.
The shelfs all measure about 11” wide, with the top being 17.7” long, the middle being 15” long, and the bottom 27..6” long. This gives you plenty of space to put a lot of stuff, though be aware of how heavy what you’re putting on is, as the cart’s total capacity is only 176 lbs. Your machine alone is going to be taking up 30 to 40 lbs of that, and tool boxes can get surprisingly heavy fast, so be wary of overloading this cart.
The rear shelf is nice to have in theory but a bit dubious in practice, being low enough you’ll only want to put stuff you don’t need at hand, but too small to put anything important in for the most part.
5. Klutch 48300 Compact Locking Welding Cart
This one has an interesting design, made to be small and compact to fit under benches and shelves for storage. Besides that redesign (necessitating the removal of the top tier) this cart is fairly similar to just having the lock box portion of the other Klutch cart we reviewed earlier.
It’s made of sturdy steel and has roughly the same dimensions on the shelf (32” long by 19” wide), while standing only 26” tall. Inexplicably it is the same weight (46 lbs) which suggests the steel must be a little thicker on this model. The hinges are also more securely placed inside the safe instead of outside, making them harder to cut (a plus, given you’re going to be surrounded by people with easy access to and the know how to use a plasma cutter).
This is a tank of a cart, held back by the fact that it can only be reasonably pushed from behind, using the cable loops as makeshift handles, or by the small two handle on the front. This makes it not just as heavy, but also far more unwieldy than its cousin.
6. Lincoln Electric K2275-3 Welder Cart
Lincoln’s take on a welding hand cart is a minimalist design. It has two shelves (the top shelf clearly intended just to hold your welding machine between two raised bars), a pull bar, and stainless steel construction.
This is an ultra lightweight, ultra compact cart, sitting at a mere 4.5” in height and weighing under 11 lbs. It will fit pretty much anywhere you please, and you’ll have no trouble getting it there. Especially with the two oversized back wheels and good casters helping to keep things flowing.
Weirdly, this is one of the only welding carts out there that has a recessed hole for your gas canisters instead of just chains. This limits you a bit in what size canister you can fit, but unless you’re using very nonstandard sizes it shouldn’t be an issue.
While a simple, not frills cart, sometimes that’s all you really need, and this one in particular is perfect for smaller, cramped workspaces where everybody needs to keep their equipment as far out of the way as possible at all times.
7. ESAB 0558102325 Rebel Welding-Cart
This is a pretty standard, bare bones cart in most respects. It’s well put together, easy to assemble, and made of good quality stainless steel. The shelves are very spacious and the handle is indented and easy to reach for pushing around on the very good wheels. Both the rear wheels and the casters are quite nice and move nicely.
The only real rub is the shipping time and cost. It’s great for what it is, but the price seems to be improperly listed for a full system (MIG welding machine included in purchase, that kind of thing) and has an insanely long delivery time (1 to 3 months) since it needs to come from overseas. This is a good cart, but it’s probably best to figure out what the actual price is before ordering it.
A good purchase if you don’t need anything fancy and you’re not in a hurry besides that little snafu.
Our Top Choice
Klutch 48410 2-Tier
It was a hard pick, but I eventually settled on the Klutch 2 tier as the best cart. It’s a good price, good space, and I like having a locked safe on my cart instead of leaving everything out in the open for people to bother with. I’ve worked with my fair share of handy coworkers who see nothing wrong with borrowing somebody else’ tools when they’re off shift (or even when they’re on shift and aren’t looking) and a simple lock puts a stop to that kind of behavior so long as there’s no real malice behind it, which is peace of mind that’s well worth it to me.
If your experience is different though, any of these other fine carts do the job just as well, and better in some cases. It’s all up to your own needs.
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