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  • Air Compressor Cart

    Posted on March 16th, 2021 admin No comments

    A couple of years ago, when the cardboard box my Campbell Hausfeld air compressor came in fell apart, I made this thing, variously called a cart or trolley or caddy. The idea was to combine storage with easy portability around the shop and yard, so I could wheel it out to the truck to inflate a tire or to the RV in the fall to blow out the water lines.

    It came together fairly quickly, based on various plans I found online. I already had the wheels from an old lawnmower, and had some surplus 1/2″ plywood laying around,

    There were few design requirements. Of course, it had to be wide enough and deep enough to hold the air compressor itself. I wanted it to be high enough that I could conveniently grab it without bending down.

    There also needed to be a place for the tools, for brads and staples, and other stuff, with room to maybe add a hose reel in the future.

    I wound up hooking the air guns onto bolts fastened to the side of the storage bin. This might not have been the best choice, as they clunk around whenever I move the trolley. On the other hand, they’re readily accessible and easy to put on and take off. And they’ve never fallen off while I was moving the compressor cart around!

    Because the compressor cord is not wound around anything, just tucked in behind, I can easily plug the compressor in while it’s still on the cart. The compressor isn’t fastened down, so it’s also easy to grab it and move it around by itself if I don’t need the cart.

    The accessory storage bin holds lots of stuff!

    I happened to have a cardboard box that was just the right size to fit in the storage bin.

    You can see that it holds paperwork, oil, a die grinder and burrs, air blower, nails, brads, staples, spare connectors, and a whole bunch of other stuff. If I were to change anything, I might make compartments or little pull-out drawers or something to make these accessories easier to find without having to paw through it all.

    Overall, this has served my needs well around home. However, it’s a nuisance when I want to take the compressor out to the cabin. I have to take off the guns, remove the box of accessories, and stow everything in a box to load in the truck, along with the compressor. Not quite as portable as I’d like.

    Maybe it’s time to re-think this project!

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