There is a standard for steel shelving size and construction, with
heavy steel angle uprights with 1/4" holes at about 1" intevals.
'Standard' at least in that I've seen a ton of it in warehouses, etc.
and it's carried by a lot of hardware stores. I'm sure most know from
that brief description.
Oddly enough, I have not been able to find anyone who makes wheels for
it. Even some of the warehousing operations could use that. It would
entail only a regular caster-type wheel with a fitting to accommodate
the steel angle. My guess is that the product does exist somewhere.
There are metal shelves with casters, but putting casters on shelving
not only decreases the shelves load capacity, it can make them easier
I have metal shelves in my garage with casters. I love them. They are
easy to move when its time to clean, but I am very careful when
rolling them around. I bought mine at Sam's club a few years ago. They
are chrome. Many hospitals, restaurants, butchers use basically the
same thing except theirs are stainless steel.
AKA "Metro" shelving. I bought some years ago from a used restaurant
equipment place. Expensive even then (I think $80 for a set of four
shelves, poles, etc.) but worth it. They're holding up some spare
transmissions, brake drums, etc. right now and not appearing to be
bothered by it at all.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Ditto. I switched over from the slotted angle shelving to the chromed
wire shelving on casters. It's made things a lot easier on me. I
have two 4' wide by 6' tall units that I roll out of the garage and
set up on the driveway on either side of the garage door. I rigged up
a couple of tarps for shade and light rain protection, and the setup
allows me to have all of my most common tools at my fingertips, keeps
bird crap, leaves and raindrops off of my tools/work, and sets up or
breaks down in about five minutes.
As far as the OP's question, I have never seen casters on the slotted
angle shelving. A lot of that type of shelving is heavy duty and
you'd need some heavy duty (read expensive) casters. The lighter duty
slotted angle shelving would scare the beejezus out of me if it were
on wheels - the uprights flex too much.
On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:56:23 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour
Curious now about what this is. Does anyone have a link to a picture?
Not sure if we're talking about the same kind of shelving, as there
are no slots. This stuff is heavy, with absolutely no flex in the
uprights. There are holes at about 1" intervals along the length of
the uprights, and the shelves bolt in with 1/4" bolts.
I guess I could mount an extra shelf on the very bottom and put a
piece of 3/4" ply under it for mounting regular casters. I've done
that before, but it was a bit of a hassel. No real stability problems
though. On another one I used steel 'corner brackets' with less stable
swivel wheels...the ones with threaded posts. Even more of a pain.
This one is only about 3 feet high, so I'm not worried about
stability. I'd just like to be done with it without cutting plywood,
Check out scaffolding. I use a painters scaffold in my shop as a
mobile shelf. You're hinting a big shelving so you might want to give
this a good think. A six foot high shelf on wheels is one thing. A
twenty footer falling over on someone's head is another story.
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