Having worked in a hospital setting, I became aware of rolling
equipment eventually becoming damaged. One day, I checked with the
maintenace department to see if there were any casters available for
salvaging, to put on a lathe cabinet I made. Sho-nuff, half a dozen
sets of top quality casters.... soft & hard rubber tired, plastic
tires, bare metal. If convenient, call your local hospital maintenace
department to see what might be available. Besdies the lathe cabinet,
I've used some of those salvaged casters for 2 carts I made for moving
upholstered furniture, steel ones for my anvil base and 2 for the
In the salvage mix was 2 patient gurneys. The aluminum framing was
perfect for refabbing into furniture carts, w/ soft roll wheels (no
damage rolling on customer's hardwood floors) that turn on a dime.
Those gurneys/casters are required to support very large patients!