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Re: Battery Cart Feedback

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Originally Posted by marshall View Post
The biggest issue I see if that you have about a foot between the ground and where most of the central mass is. On top of that, it's on a base that isn't super wide given how the central mass is distributed. I suspect this is going to be a bit tipsy.
I definitely agree with this. Lower that bottom shelf as much as you can. With our current battery cart, the batteries sit on the bottom shelf, which is itself bolted directly to the top of 5" wheels (2 caster, 2 fixed) from Home Depot. That puts the majority of the weight as low as possible.

It's not clear how you're going to get the batteries in and out - lift them over the chargers? I would recommend finding a more ergonomic way. With our cart, the chargers are mounted directly above the batteries, giving us full access right in the front, with additional storage deeper inside the cart. Batteries can be pulled forward along the smooth shelf right into your hands. This helps reduce the urge to lift the batteries by the cables, something that should never be done. You're going to be accessing the batteries frequently, so make it easy on yourself! Remember, the pits can be cramped, so opening and closing doors can be difficult.

For the top, get a butchers block or an old solid-core door and cut it down to size - that's what we did. It's a bit heavy, but extremely durable and can take a beating when you need to do work, I have no problem putting something on it and beating it with a hammer if I need to. Attach it to the top with some door hinges and it'll stay put - you won't even need a latch on it. As a bonus, with something that durable, you can mount a vise to it, which always comes in handy! We also put some gas springs on it - they assist the lift, and when it's fully upright they can hold it up so you can dig around underneath it safely. Also, plan to get under it as infrequently as possible - you'll accumulate a lot of stuff on there, and the last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time having to clear it off just to open it up.

Make your drill chargers easily accessible - you'll be swapping out drill batteries a fair amount.
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