# Stupid castor question

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• posted on January 1, 2004, 1:45 am
Ok, this may be a stupid question but I am going to ask it anyway. I am making a butcher block island for the kitchen. I want it on locking castors so that it can be used as an island or pushed against the wall as a breakfast bar. I have found a few different castors and they are weight rated. If a castor weighted at 250 lbs is that for each castor or for a set of 4?
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 2:18 am
Here's how to get your castor weight requirement for a give table plus its load:
Equipment weight + load / 3
Example: your table weights 50 pounds and will hold 100 pounds of stuff:
50 + 100 / 3 = 50 lb rating per castor.
Solution: Buy four castors rated at 50 lbs each
NOTE: Use three as a factor, even if you are using four castors.
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 6:52 pm
This calculation may be invalid if you only use 2 casters, as it seems the assumption for it is 3 or more.

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• posted on January 1, 2004, 7:07 pm
Absolutely nothing "invalid" about it ... it is an industry standard formula for figuring weight ratings for equipment on _four casters_. How many butcher block kitchen islands have you seen with less than four casters?
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 8:19 pm
agreed Swingman, lifting gear slings chains cables are factored by 3 even with 4 lifting points.

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• posted on January 2, 2004, 1:00 am
Swingman wrote:

I have one with less than four casters.
It has *zero* casters.
So there! :P
You could also make do with three if you have a couple of spare cats laying around. Just stick one under the high leg.
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• posted on January 2, 2004, 11:34 pm

Best one I've seen just had two - you tipped it up a bit like a sack truck to move it. Saved all the malarkey with locking castors. -- Smert' spamionam
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• posted on January 3, 2004, 1:02 am
"Andy Dingley" wrote in message

Sounds more like what we'd call a "kitchen cart". You're right about locking casters.
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 7:16 pm
Swingman wrote:

You're a gub'ment worker aren't you?
UA100
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 7:30 pm

Guess again ... the only government money around here is all outgoing.
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 2:39 am
On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 01:45:40 GMT, "Rob Hall"

Each, and it's "caster". "Castor" is an oil. Drink up!
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 3:28 am
On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 02:39:20 +0000, Larry Jaques wrote:

Yup, and mum would line all five of us up, grab one nose at a time, and shove a spoonfull into each little gagging mouth. Was the olden days version of vitamins - yuck. Or was that cod liver oil?
-Doug
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 9:00 am

Cod liver oil, I'm pretty sure. Nasty stuff. Vitamins D and A?
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 5:21 pm
Charlie Self wrote:

Probably. Castor oil is (mostly was) used as a purgative.
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 8:59 pm
On 01 Jan 2004 09:00:23 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) brought forth from the murky depths:

http://tinyurl.com/ysf4w or <http://www.thenaturalconnection.net/TNC%20Columns%202000/question_of_cod_liver_oil.htm
I thank Buddha that my mother didn't subscribe to that. We got vitamins and/or food containing the vitamins we were short on.
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 5:04 am
"Larry Jaques" wrote in message brought forth from the murky depths:

Hey who switched the "o" and "e" keys on my keyboard???!!!
Rob
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 2:47 am
Rob Hall quotes:

And she would know?
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 4:15 pm
one thing to consider is how smooth and level a floor it woll be on and how much rolling around it will do. if you have a very lumpy floor such as saltillo tile or slate the tires will tent to catch while rolling. when this happens, all of the weight effectively is taken by one wheel.
Bridger
On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 01:45:40 GMT, "Rob Hall"

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• posted on January 1, 2004, 4:30 pm
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• posted on January 1, 2004, 6:12 pm
On a roll-around, butcher block kitchen island, which is what the OP is building, you certainly want to take caster weight rating into account. If they're high quality and rated correctly, the swivel and roll ability will take care of itself.
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