If you want to maximize your welder’s utility, you need to put it on a cart. But with so many welding cart styles and options, it can be hard to narrow down your choice.
My goal is to try and make this easier for you.
When choosing the best options, I looked for:
- Cart material
- Load capacity
- Overall feel of the build quality/stability
- Reliable wheels
- Storage capacity
- Gas storage space
- Number of shelves or tiers
- Brand reliability and support
My personal favorite for a small workshop is the Klutch 2-Tier welding cart from Northern Tool. It ticks all the boxes above, providing plenty of space for two machines up to a 125 cu/ft gas tank. It was a little tricky putting it together, but other than that, it feels solid and is easy to move around.
Note: I purposefully excluded the cheapest welding carts (anything under $50). I’ve found the materials used in these carts to be cheap, compromising the cart’s stability and eventually leading to something going wrong. Usually, the wheels seize up and stop rolling as smoothly is the first thing you’ll notice, and the manufacturer’s support is non-existent.
A Quick Comparison
Solid build & feel
Holds up to 7in. dia. bottle
Perfect for two welders
Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma
Integrated Rod Holder
Holds up to 125CF Gas Bottle
Powder coated steel
Weldpro 3 Tier Cart
3 tiers for two welders & accessories
Large handle for easy movability
Solid feel and sturdy
Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer
Holds full-size bottle
Metal Man Dual Bottle
400 lbs capacity
Plenty of room for two boxes
Has caster brakes
Fits all Lincoln brands
Holds 130 pounds
6 Best Welding Carts
Here's a list of some of the best welding carts I recommend:
1. Klutch 2-Tier Heavy Duty Welding Cart
- Top shelf 18.75" long, 13.75" wide
- Bottom shelf 19.5" long x 13.75" wide
- All steel
- Bottom has 15.5-inch clearance
- 100-lb. capacity
- Solid feel made from 16 and 19 gauge steel
- Powder coating is durable and hard to scratch
- Hard rubber wheels
- Durable front casters
- Holds up to a 125 cu/ft gas tank
- Lockable cabinet
- Handy side hooks helps keep cables tidy
- I loaded it with about 130lbs with no problems
- Tiny 2-inch front casters
- Assembly instructions are terrible and was difficult to assemble
- Only room for one shielding gas bottle up to 7in. diameter.
The 45-pound Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart features an unusual design, with a safe-like locking cabinet draw instead of a third shelf. This can be handy to keep your small, valuable belongings like tools, phone and wallet from tempting otherwise honest passers-by. The lock box is also large enough for most welding helmets at 13.5 inches wide, 19.5 inches long, and 12 inches tall.
The Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart comes with hard rubber wheels all around. The rear wheels have a six-inch diameter, but the front caster wheels are only 2 inches in diameter, and many owners mentioned the need for larger casters in front to avoid being stopped by cords and hoses etc. This cart tips the scales at just over 45 pounds.
One issue reported by owners of Klutch welders was that the connections wouldn’t clear the front pull handle on the Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart. These owners resolved the issue by mounting the handle upside down. Both shelves are 13.5 inches wide. The top shelf is 18.75 inches long and the second shelf is 19.5 inches long. There’s room at the rear for a gas cylinder up to 7 inches in diameter.
2. Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma Welding cart
- TIG rod holder for 6 tubes
- Top shelf designed to open cabinet door
- Powder coated finish
- Cut to allow rear routing of plasma connections
- Holds up to 125 Cubic Foot gas bottle
- Holds up to 350 pounds
- Steel construction
- Cable hook on each side
- 20-inch length top shelf
- Caster wheels on front
- Some users feel it’s not heavy enough
- Shelves are slippery with no rubber
The Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma welding cart will store a welder on the top shelf, tools on the middle shelf and a plasma cutter on the bottom. The 16 inch wide, 20 inch long top tray will fit Eastwood’s Mig135, Mig250, Mig175, and Tig-200 welders. The top shelf has built-in clearance for the side access door. The gas bottle storage on the 26-inch long floor includes six cut outs to store TIG filler rod.
This 36-inch tall cart is designed to support up to 350 pounds (even though it only weighs 35 pounds), but some users say that with a welder, plasma and 125 CF bottle the Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma welding cart felt a bit flexy. You might want to go with an 80 cubic foot bottle if you’re also going to have a big welder and a 60 amp plasma cutter along with cables and tools for each.
The 16 x 20 bottom shelf on the Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma welding cart is angled up at the front and accepts Eastwood’s Versa Cut plasma cutters. This shelf also features cutouts to allow routing the cables for the plasma cutter out the rear of the cart.
3. Weldpro Multi Function 3 tier Welding Cart
- 3 tier welding cart
- 2 tiers for machines & one for accessories
- Holds up to 125CF Gas Bottle
- Hold up to 300lbs
- Assemble was straight forward with good instructions
- Feels strong and sturdy when built
- Big handle at the front makes it easy to move around
- Hooks on both sides for cable storage
- Swivel front casters feel solid and smooth to move
- Assembly was a little difficult getting shelve holes to line up
- Middle shelve is not adjustable without adding your own holes
The 25-pound Metal Man UWC1 Universal welding cart is 32 inches tall and 16 inches wide, with room for a welder up to 18 inches deep. This is a 2-tier design with an angled top shelf. This is another cart that has a reversible handle to improve clearance to handle a wider variety of welders. The six-inch rear wheels are sturdy enough for the rated load, but the front casters should be larger than 2 inch diameter to roll over cords or concrete joints.
One thing to be aware of when using an angled shelf is that a tall-box welder shape will potentially reach into the cylinder area at the rear of the Metal Man UWC1 Universal welding cart. One owner with an AHP AlphaTIG 200x solved this issue by adding a piece of 1/2-inch thick board at the back of the angled tray.
The Metal Man UWC1 Universal welding cart holds a gas bottle up to 7-inch diameter, but its short height means you many want to go with a shorter 90 cubic foot bottle. There are two chains to secure your shielding gas cylinder.
4. Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer Welding Cart with Drawers
- 3 storage drawers, 1 storage cabinet
- 150-lb. capacity
- 3-inch front casters, 6.3-inch rear wheels
- 30-inch work height
- 20 x 14-inch top surface
- Drawers with ball bearing slides
- Sturdy powder coat steel
- Cylinder rack to secure shielding gas
- Integrated cable wraps
- Bottom drawer sized for a welding helmet
- Rear wheels are cheap
- Front casters a little small for some people
At 87 pounds, the Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer Welding Cart is sturdily made of heavyweight steel sheet metal. This is a handy design for workplaces with open space because it’s got two drawers 2 inches high, a deeper 5.375-inch drawer that can hold a helmet, and an enclosed compartment. Your stuff will be protected from smoke, dust, and debris, out of sight yet readily accessible.
The Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer Welding Cabinet drawers are all 10.75 inches wide, and the top one is 10 inches long. The other two are 15.25 inches long. The compartment is 12 inches wide, 9 inches high, and 18.5 inches long. The top surface measures 14 inches wide by 19 inches long. This cart also holds a big 9.5-inch gas bottle, and it’s rated at 150 pounds holding capacity.
The Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer Welding Cabinet gets high marks from owners, but some felt the front casters were too small for this much weight. In addition, the rear wheels were singled out as being cheap, fitting the axle somewhat loosely. These owners bought more suitable wheels at their local hardware store.
5. Metal Man UWC4 Dual Bottle Welding Cart
- Fold down handle
- 2 cable wraps
- 400 lb. capacity
- Powder coated 18-gauge steel
- Cart holds one 10-inch or two 7.5-inch cylinders
- One of the few carts with dual bottle holders
- Universal — fits most welders
- Bottom shelf has 18 inches clearance
- Top shelf 15.25 x 22.5 inches
- Can hold two welders
- Brakes on front casters
- Poor assembly guide
- Folding handle unpopular
The Metal Man UWC4 Dual Bottle Welding Cart weighs 59 pounds, but it holds much more than it weighs. With 18 inches of clearance on the bottom tray, it can easily hold both a welder and a plasma cutter. In addition, you’re able to configure the cart to hold a single 300cf bottle or two 150cf bottles. The top of the cylinder rack is removable to provide room for a wire feeder spool.
With a top-shelf measuring 15.25 x 22.5 inches and the bottom shelf at 15.50 x 21.88, the Metal Man UWC4 Dual Bottle Welding Cart lives up to its name. UWC stands for Universal Welding Cart, and you have a lot of room and options to work with. Capable of holding 400 pounds, it’s got the capacity to mount a toolbox along with everything else.
The Metal Man UWC4 Dual Bottle Welding Cart has good feedback from owners, but the folding handle was not a favorite feature. Metal Man explains that the handle is made to offer optional clearance. Also, as the company points out, the handle has latches, and it’s designed to pull, not push this cart. With a cart that’s capable of carrying 400 pounds, some prefer to push.
6. Lincoln-Electric K2275-3 Portable Welding-Cart
- Holds 80 CF gas cylinder
- 130 pound capacity
- 30 x 11.75 x 27 inches
- All-steel construction
- Weighs 25 pounds
- Angled top shelf
- Bottle cutout instead of chain
- Handle doubles as cable wrap
- Fits Lincoln, Century and Marquette welders
- Holds up to 7-inch diameter bottle
- Lighter gauge sheet metal
- Bottle can interfere with welder
The Lincoln Electric K2275-3 Welding Cart is designed specifically to hold all Lincoln brands of portable welders, including Century and Marquette brands. The tank holder on this cart features a hole cut through the top tray instead of the usual chain to hold it upright. Most carts of this type use a chain to secure the gas cylinder instead.
Featuring an angled, 11.75 inch wide tray on top and a flat bottom of the same width, the 25-pound Lincoln Electric K2275-3 Welding Cart has a tray the same width on the bottom, but the bottom shelf is 27 inches long compared to 19 on top. There’s plenty of room for a helmet, torches and some tools.
The Lincoln Electric K2275-3 Welding Cart is 15.5 inches tall at the front, but the tall, upright handle is 30.5 inches tall and it’s designed to double as a cable wrap. This cart holds up to 130 pounds. Some owners feel the metal thickness on this cart is too lightweight. Others didn’t like the bottle holder, which uses tabs at the bottom to keep the bottle from moving. The bottle also interferes with storage space on the bottom shelf.
Wrapping it Up
The Klutch 2-Tier Welding Cart is my favorite welding cart that feels solid, can hold two welders and up to a single 125 cu/ft gas tank. This is suitable for most small shops.
The Eastwood welding cart is another dual-machine cart option with and additional shelve, but it has a bigger weight capacity of up to 350 lbs.
The Klutch Deluxe 3-Drawer Welding Cabinet is heavy-duty, has a lot of storage in good variety, and the drawers and enclosed cabinet protect your stuff from prying eyes and shop dust.
Any of these carts will improve productivity by consolidating all your gear and making it mobile into the bargain. Your advantage will be more efficient work.
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