Does anyone know the name of lifting casters? I'm looking for casters
that lift a wooden box off the ground (50 lbs?), but ground themselves
when a little pressure or weight is applied to the box.
The only type casters that I know about to accomplish what you want are
made for woodworking machines or work bench mobile bases.
On 3/15/2015 7:21 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Don't know if this would work for you but I have a setup on my drill press
that allows easy movement but grounding if I want it (turns out I never
bother grounding it). Set up...
1. A base for the casters
2. 2 - lumber pieces of appropriate size near the ends of the base and
hinged to it; the cross pieces need to be a bit greater than the caster
height in one cross section dimension, a bit less in the other
3. Attach a lever to one end of each cross piece. I used 3/4" ply, maybe 2"
In use, when the cross piece is "up" (thin dimension horizontal to the
base),the casters touch the floor; when it is "down", the casters do not.
Thanks, I'm looking for something similar, only it's casters designed,
for a box or crate. Under normal conditions, it's easy to push on the
wheels. Then when weight is put on the box or whatever, it grounds
itself and can't be pushed easily anymore.
On Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:17:42 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
According to the description, spring loaded casters are designed to
minimize shock so to protect the contents in the box.
What I'm looking for casters for a box that wil ground itself when
some weight is put on it. Without that added weight, the box will roll
freely when pushed.
On 3/15/2015 10:23 AM, email@example.com wrote:
well then you are not paying enough attention. if you get the right
spring it will.
There are spring loaded for gates, spring for shock.. And spring for
what you are looking for. Look for the weight you want.
Each has a resting weight.
On 3/15/2015 10:02 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
One more thing.
These are awesome little step ladders. I remember them well.
I am sure they are pricey, but they might already have the hand hold
that you need to shimmy up.
I would chose the aluminum over the steel.
There is one made exactly for my purpose. It's called a Para Ladder.
I emailed the company, but didn't get a response. In any event, it
would be cheaper for me to build one suited to me. That means thick
shag rug on the steps, width to my specifications and deeper steps.
I figure it can do double duty as ladder onto my bed when my cat gets
too old to jump on the bed.
And, I'll be using this project as an excuse to by myself a Festool
Carvex jigsaw. Leon needs his commission. :)
The problem as I see it is that OP wants a caster that will support a
50# box and yet settle to the floor and remain stationary when he places
slight amount of weight on it.
This "self stabilizing" is what going to cause him grief in his quest.
What's a manufacturer to do? Offer a whole range of casters by weight?
A number of them with an adjustable range? What's the demand likely to
be vs one that can be lowered and locked manually like those used on
woodworking machines as previously mentioned.
Far better, I think, would be for OP to design his own rig. What
immediately comes to mind is a set of casters, appropriate to the task,
mounted outboard on slightly extended arms with a fulcrum close to the
edge. The "Inner" arm would extend toward the center of the box and an
adjustable spring/turnbuckle arrangement would adjust the casters to the
weight of the box to the point where you could balance it and have it
settle to the floor with the addition of a little weight.
It would undoubtedly be clearer if I could post a drawing but you get
And further to that, I'm building a set of three steps about 20" high
that I can use to get my butt back onto my wheelchair when I fall on
the floor. The casters are for this step box ~ easy to pull around but
grounded when I climb up on it.
On 03/15/2015 10:57 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I don't have an outlet but these are the ticket for the design it would
Didn't see them in a quick site search but they've got contact info...
Good luck; admire your ambition/drive to keep doin' stuff despite the
Came to me late and I see Ed already got the right search terms "ladder
casters"...will show up a bunch of alternatives...
Thanks to you and Ed. As to my ambition to do stuff, it's partially
aimed at not calling the fire department to pick me up and put me back
on my chair.
Lost the ability to do standing transfers about six months ago. The
first three months I fell on my butt four times. It wasn't difficult
to tell that they were getting upset at my calling for help. :)
On 03/15/2015 11:39 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I do presume you have a call button just in case you do get into
situation can't get to the phone or it breaks in a fall or somesuch...
Got to be tough; again admire the grit and attitude. Have good buddy
who's gone blind w/ macular degeneration over the last several years yet
he also retains his good humor and just copes as best as can...not so
sure I'd be as gracious. :)
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.