"This Northern Industrial Welders compact locking metal welding cabinet measures just 25 1/2in.H, making it short enough to store under benches or shelving, but sturdy enough to handle up to 135 lbs. Perfectly sized to accept a portable MIG welder and 7 1/2in. shielding gas cylinder. Tires - Rear 2 tires, Material Type Metal, Product Type Cabinet, Casters qty. 2, Tire Type Rubber, Tire Size in. 6, Capacity lbs. 135, Lockable Locking door. Stowaway compartment with locking door is roomy enough to securely store your helmet, gloves and other welding supplies Built-in hangers keep cable organized Two 6in. solid rubber tires Two swivel casters"
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As the box says when it shows up is an economy cart. In the end it is a decent cart, and would be a good one, with a few small changes.
But have to warn you that it is an adventure getting it together. The manual only has one exploded view of the cart and is extremely small in the manual (much larger in the version on this website....this could actually help you if you decide to go on the adventure)/ The items in the picture are really hard to see. Can't tell if nut, bolt, screw or has flat or split washers. This is complicated by all the hardware components coming in a single bag, and the quantities not matching the quantities listed in the "included contents" list. So even after sorting them all out, probably about 100 -150 pieces total, left me scrathing my head. But then the illustration didn't seem to have all nuts/bolts shown in it, and for those that were shown, not all seemed to have ID #s to tie them to the key, which really had me guessing as to which items to use where. But the icing on the cake was that some that did haveIDs had the wrong names listed on the key. I gave up on instructions, but to give an example, #8 is not a Nut (it is a screw), and #10 is not a chain holder (it holds the welder). Guessing that whoever created the manual didn't understand the product, or maybe didn't know English very well? Sure there were probably more mislabeled items, but tossed the manual aside. In the end I got it all together, in about twice the time it should have taken. I think it was right, but had about 15 extra pieces. This was probably intentional by Mfr, but based on process to get it all together, not at all sure.
In the end, am going to return it.
When you turn the cabinet, and the front casters turn they hit the mounting bolts and stick. So you have to give the cabinet a shove. I originally had a washer and a splt washer on the casters, but removed both, and works better.
Also the inside of the storage cabinet, has all the bolts from mounting things sticking into it. So will have to be careful that a welding helmet (for instance) is put in there carefully to avoid scratching up the lense.
The door on the compartment won't stay shut unless you lock it. I don't want to have to keep the key in there, and risk losing it and having to use the jaws of life to get my stuff out. Would think for anyone using this, a simple magnetic catch would be better.....my wife is not after my welding helmet....and any thief will be unlikely to walk past 100 other tools to try to jimmy the lock on the welding cabinet :-)
The bracket used to keep the welder from sliding all the way back on the top shelf (#10 on diagram), has mounting bolts that hit the feet on the bottom of my welder (Hobart 210MVP) so it will not sit on the top shelf without wobbling. Could have drilled different holes or used a different spacer, but getting to be a lot.
Last thing that seemed kinda odd, was the brackets for looping the hoses and cords on the side of the cabinet are way on the back of the cart. So hoses would run the full length of the cabinet to the back and then the loops would stick past the back of the cart....odd. Would maybe have been better to have in the middle.
Overall, decent. Really close to being a really good inexpensive cabinet, but in the end, death by a thousand scratches. It is going back.
In my case, I wasted a week waiting for this to arrive, a couple hours putting it together and taking it apart. For now, Northern wins, I will be looking at the next step up cabinet, before I start looking elsewhere.
Hope this helps you decide if this would be a good fit for you.
I bought this cabinet along with the Hobart 210 MVP. There are a few things that could be improved to make this cabinet a lot better. The good:
1. The welder that I have (Hobart 210 MVP), fits on the top shelf.
2. The storage area in the cabinet is big enough to hold 2 all the welding consumables that you would generally have. IE tips, nozzles, wire, etc..
1. The door on the front does not stay shut unless you lock it. Meaning it does not have any sort of latch besides the lock itself. Could be an easy fix with a trip to the hardware store and a kitchen cabinet magnetic latch, however I thought it should have been part of the design. Call me crazy, but I really don't like to have to leave my key in the cabinet door just to open and close it.
2. The rear wheels are CHEAP plastic. I only roll this thing around inside a garage, on a nice concrete surface. I've had this cart/cabinet for a year or so now and the center of both rear wheels are completely busted out. Its not like I'm putting a lot of miles on this thing or dragging it around at highway speeds! They are just cheap, not sure what else to say. Again, a trip to the local hardware store will be needed to get a new set of rear wheels.
3. The hangers for the plug in, gun and ground could be located a bit more forward. Not a huge deal, just something I would improve on.