If you want to maximize your welder’s utility, you need to put it on wheels.
But good carts are expensive and there are so many styles and options to choose from.
You’re never sure whether a cart’s going to safely hold up the weight of all your equipment.
We’ve looked into what’s on the market and here are the best welding carts we found.
A quick comparison
Eastwood MIG/TIG Plasma
Integrated Rod Holder
Rear routing for plasma
Powder coated steel
Metal Man UWC1
Angled top shelf
Powder coated finish
Hard rubber wheels
100 lb capacity
Fits all Lincoln brands
Holds 130 pounds
Safety chains included
Fits Eastwood machines
Best Welding Carts With Reviews
Here's a list of some of the best welding carts we found online:
1. 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 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, 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.
2. Metal Man UWC1 Two Tier Universal MIG Welding Cart
- 2 tier welding cart
- 20.25 x 12.5 inch top shelf
- Cylinder rack and chain
- 2-inch casters, 6-inch wheels
- 18-Gauge steel
- Powder coated steel
- Designed for easy maneuvering
- Slanted top shelf
- Capacity 110 pounds
- Holds a 7-inch gas cylinder
- Instructions are weak.
- Short height restricts bottle size
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.
3. Klutch 2-Tier 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
- Holds 150 pounds
- Hard rubber wheels
- Front casters
- Lockable 13.5" x 19.5" x 12” cabinet
- Heavy-gauge sheet metal
- 4 cable wraps
- Tiny 2-inch front casters
- Assembly instructions are terrible
The 45-pound Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart features an unusual design, with a safe-like locking cabinet 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 lockbox is also just 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.
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.
4. Lincoln-Electric K2275-3 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.
5. Eastwood 3-Tier MIG Welding Cart
- Holds a 125 CF bottle
- 15-inc long middle tray
- Trays are 11 inches wide
- Top and bottom 17.5 inches long
- Weighs 30 pounds
- Holds all Eastwood MIGs
- Fits Eastwood plasma cutter
- Two cable hooks
- Room for helmet on center tray
- Includes safety chains
- Some welders touch bottle
- Top is too short for some machines
The Eastwood 3-Tier Welding Cart has three trays. The top and bottom shelves are 17.5 inches long, a little short to fit some bigger Hobart and Miller welders. Owners who encountered this issue bent the front lip down and used a board to extend the shelf. The center tray is 15 inches long, just enough to fit a welding helmet in there comfortably. This cart is made from heavy gauge sheet metal and weighs 30 pounds.
There are two safety chains included with The Eastwood 3-Tier Welding Cart and it also features two hooks for keeping your hoses and cables tidy. It’s designed to hold up to a 125 cubic foot gas cylinder, but some owners feel the cart gets top heavy with such a tall bottle.
The Eastwood 3-Tier Welding Cart is made to custom fit every Eastwood welder and the Eastwood Versa plasma cutters. Because of the steep angle on the top shelf, some welders may touch the cylinder of shielding gas at the top rear of the case.
Wrapping it Up
Our pick for the best overall choice for a lightweight welding cart is the Eastwood MIG TIG Plasma welding cart, with quality construction, useful design and a reasonable price range.
The Klutch 48410 2-Tier Welding Cart is also worth considering, with its integrated locking cabinet.
Any of these carts will improve productivity by consolidating all your gear and making it mobile into the bargain. The advantage for you will be more efficient work from your new welding station.