Introduction: Mobile Compressor Cart for Under $50
Well since my garage is a mancave/tinkershop, my compressor and hoses are stored at the rear of my property in my shed and it has been cumbersome to make several trips hauling the compressor out front to my vehicles so I have been wanting to put it on wheels so when I saw a really good harbor freight coupon for a hand cart plus this challenge I thought maybee its time for my first ible. I wanted to stay under $50 so most of the materials I used coupons to purchase at harbor freight and got the aluminum and hardware at work. Please be kind and vote for me. Thanks.
Step 1: Materials
gather materials: I bought a handtruck, manual air hose reel, and electric wire reel for under $50 at harbor freight with coupons and even got yet another free set of screw drivers. I measured and cut 1/4 inch aluminum plates by using the compressor and hose reel foot prints as templates at work and also snagged some 1/4- 20 bolts and a carriage bolt with washers, locks, and nuts. I re-used some of the bolts that were on the compressors rubber feet , but they were too short to go through both the the aluminum all the way up through the rubber feet. Different compressors would dictate what would be needed here and is not that hard to figure out. I already had the hoses, an electrical extension cord, as well as my tire inflator which is also from H.F.You could spend more and get spring loaded reels for both the hoses and the electrical cord, but I wanted to stay cheap. After I gathered all my materials, the first step was to remove the rubber feet from the air compressor.
Step 2: Drilling Mounting Plate
The next step is to drill holes for the compressor mount plate. To do this, I positioned the aluminum plate on top of the handtruck's plate and placed the compressor on top the aluminum. I eyeballed to center everything up then used a black sharpie marker to mark 4 holes to be drilled. I removed the compressor and marked two more holes toward the front of the hantrucks plate for attaching the aluminum plate to the trucks plate only so there are 6 holes to drill in the plate. Then I positioned the aluminum plate back on the handtruck and marked and drilled 4 holes in the hand truck as shown in the pic.
Step 3: Mounting the Compressor
mounting the compressor: I re-used 2 of the compressors bolts in the middle, but as you can see I needed longer bolts to clear not only the added thickness of the metal, but also up throught the rubber feet which are 1/2 hollow underneath. Not shown: I tightened a nut down first to the plate/s then another nut down with the washers that came installed up inside the rubber feet on top of the nut down to a distance that when the rubber foot was placed on top the washer its bottom would touch the plate. The middle bolts got tightened down first then the compressor was sat on top the feet and tightened down.
Step 4: Air Hose and Hose Reel
for the next step, I took a coil hose I had and cut the ends off and removed the hardware from the cut off pieces. I cut the hose down so it would reach from where I was going to mount the reel down to the compressor's fitting and would be wrapped around one side of the hand truck down to it. I installed the elbow that came with the hose reel and used some teflon tape to seal it and scewed it onto the reel. I also put back on the fitting that was to be inserted into the compressors's quick connect.
Step 5: Hose Reel Mounting
mounting the hose reel: spring clamps or "C" clamps can be used to attach the aluminum plate and square it up in position and then just drill 4 holes through everything or you could measure up and drill seperately. Whatever works the best for you. I secured with 1/4-20s, lock washers, and nuts.Then, I held the reel into position, placed a small torpedo level on it and marked 4 holes to be drilled and mounted the reel to the plate with supplied hardware. The hose was then wrapped around the left side of the handtruck and connected to the compressor.
Step 6: Electrical Cord Reel Mounting
mounting electrical cord reel: Drill a hole the size of the bolt through the hand hold of the cord reel and also the tubing on the handtruck where the reel will be mounted and attach it with carraige bolt and add an extension cord.. This is where a spring loaded auto winder would be nice! The drawback here is that in order to wind/unwind the electrical extension cord it must be disconnected from the compressor's cord each time.
Step 7: Final Touches
Last, but not least add an air hose to the reel. Next, I want to add a hook to hang my tire inflator on and a small plastic parts container for basketball needles, adaptors, and the like. Hope someone finds this useful