For many (if not most) of my tools, I have them (or will have them)
This means being always on the lookout for wheels and casters.
Where do you find the ones that you use to make your tools, carts and
In the surplus market, where do you like to go buy your wheels and
An example....I am currently designing some carts for some welders
that I recently purchased. I am looking for LARGE (8-12") WIDE (2"+)
wheels to use. I also want these wheels to be nonpneumatic so the curse
of slowly leaking tires are a nonproblem. The only new wheels I see are
the punctureproof wheels for wheelbarrows...with a significant price to
match. Any suggestions?
Thanks for any suggestions.
I either buy them from someplace like harborfreight since you can
sometimes buy a complete dolly cheaper than buying the wheels or my
local farm and fleet or building supply places. The castors and wheels
are usually over by the handcarts and welding supplies.
I have a collection of wheels and casters, mostly picked up in yard sales.
I have way more than I will ever use. I could quit collecting them if I
wanted, so I am not addicted.
From time to time, I have used shopping cart wheels. They're pretty good
for lighter stuff. My local scrap yard sells them rather cheeply--they're
from carts that got run over.
Sun, Dec 18, 2005, 11:31am (EST-3) too_many firstname.lastname@example.org
(Too_Many_Tools) doth ask - about wheels:
Questions like this, just kinda puzzle me. I mean, I have no
problem finding casters/wheels. for the few projects I use them on. The
tools I have on stands, I don't have them wheeled, I just shuffle them
from one place to another - less hassle than messing with wheels.
But, as for where to get them - plenty easy to find. Ace Hardware,
Lowes, Wally Worls, Harbor Freight, Northern Tools, I think some of the
auto parts stores have some, I think I saw some n a welding supply
store. You could even buy a cart and salvage wheels, if nothing else.
If you've got a welder, no biggie to cobble up some on your own. But,
of course, there-s always on-line shopping - google is simple enough to
use. Hell, even my mother could probably answer this one.
You'll never get anywhere if you believe what you "hear". What do you
- Granny Weatherwax
Amen. The "where do I find..." posts are really pretty annoying when it is
obvious that even the most basic of searches hasn't been attempted. Almost
as annoying are those posts from people too insecure to go out an actually
buy something for $10.00 without fist checking with everyone else for "their
experience". But - it's life. These are just pet peeves.
I use shopping cart wheels for a lot of stuff. There are enough derelict
ones that are in flood ditches, and that have been hit by cars, so you're
not REALLY taking something of value from the markets.
I have found some really good ones at yard sales, but only occasionally.
If I want the real deal, sometimes I just have to go to the local caster
place, but even then, they have different grades, and I can get something
better than I need for not too much. If it's a really good piece of
equipment, or it has to work just right, you can't beat good wheels.
Just learn about them, and when you see them, you know if they are a deal or
Grizzly has a bunch - but you might need to get a paper catalog - their
website is sort of hard to search if you don't have the catalog number
(in my experience). I found some brand new, good-quality, smaller (3")
casters on ebay for cheaper than I could find them anywhere else, so
you might check there.
You can always go to the index feature at Grizzly. That is a virtual copy of
the paper catalog.
Just find a machine or something. Then click on more information. Someplace
on the page will be catalog page and/or index button. Click it and you will
be there. Easiest thing to do is just look it up in the index.
By clicking on wheels in the index, yo get the above page. there are several
pages of wheels and casters.
Indeed. My Airco PhaseArc mig is on gurney wheels.
"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner
Somehow the dumpster of a local hospital is the last place I'd really
want to be looking for anything. [I know, all the bio-hazards are suposed
to be taken care of elsewhere].
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
This is a fantastic idea! I just learned something today from you,
By the way, last night I found a nice sensor switch in a dumpster,
with some electrical conduit/boxes and such. I want to find a dumpster
with lots of used wire. There was a great quantity of it near the
children's museum, but it is all gone. Perfect for all kinds of
projects where great lengths are not needed.
For stationary power tools I want mobile I wait for this
to go on sale like it is right now for $40.
Otherwise HF, yard sales, goodwill/secondhand shops, etc.
For large wheels consider kiddie bikes & trikes.
Thanks Art! I just got done swearing up a storm trying to move my table saw
on its flimsy legs with so called casters/wheels on it. I end up dragging
the darn thing across the floor because the caster/wheel system is so weak.
I bought some very strong and nice new 4" wheel casters for $24.99
(including shipping) on ebay, they work very well so far. I installed
them on my rotary phase converter.
Here they are on ebay:
and here they are underneath my phase converter:
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