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Old 07-25-2010, 09:18 PM
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Buy Caster Wheels Separately or Mover's Dolly?

I have some items in my garage that I'd like to put Caster Wheels on. I thought of going and buying the Wheels separately but.... I noticed Movers Dollies are about as expensive as buying Wheels separately, and they come with the nuts and bolts.

I was wondering if other people do this? Do you find those Casters on Movers Dollies work well in Garages?

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Old 07-25-2010, 09:42 PM
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I'm not familiar with the "mover's dollies" term, but my advice would be to use something with pneumatic tires. Steel or solid wheeled casters will skid on a cigarrette butt!

Pneumatics will even work on gravel.



Princess Auto here in Canada sells some, but I'm a little disappointed in their weight capacity rating -- 300 lbs for 8", 350 lbs for 10" and 12"

I'm sure I've seen sturdier ones somewhere. Perhaps on farm implements like combine pickup headers?

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If the floor is smooth/flat the Dollies or normal casters work well. If not pneumatic tire casters as said above.

Movers Dolly>> http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...egory=&q=dolly

Casters>> http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...gory=&q=caster
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what I did is to use 2 pieces of 4x4 and 2 pieces of 2x6 and made myself a suitable size frame to set an engirne or trans in then i got a box of castors and placed 8 castors on each frame..now it rolls around just fine and I can store heavy things under a bench till I need them..

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I bought mine at Northern Tool. A 3" swivel w/grease fittings for about $5 each They go on sale now and then. They work for me. Depending on your purpose, I recommend them.
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Just gotta remember to keep the center-of-gravity down low. The taller the caster, the wider the platform you'd have to build. I've seen tires get caught on a crack in the floor and the dolly roll-up under and hit the fender (MORE body work ). There was a thread on here recently of someone who made their own dollies. Sat high/small paltform. Seemed to work ok for him. Looked spooky to me though...
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I don't need any heavy duty tires. Just some wheels to move around a table when needed.
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Here's what I used 2 of my four dolly's for - the front is a home made version using a set of very HD 4" wheels I purchased for a couple bucks apiece from a pottery company moving out and going to China, the rear, a very good pro mover's dolly.



That one from the front is used now for my 5th wheel camper hitch (~160#) when it's removed from the truck bed

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Wow I like that ^^. Wooden pallets!! There's a whole bunch of local companies that try really hard to get rid of those things. Hmmm...a few casters, some free pallets...Hmmm.
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I have 4 or 5 of those cheap movers dollies from harbor freight in my garage and they work just fine for engines, transmissions and such. I even customised one two hold a rear end assembly.

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I have 4 or 5 of those cheap movers dollies from harbor freight in my garage and they work just fine for engines, transmissions and such. I even customised one two hold a rear end assembly.

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I was thinking of doing something similar. Of course I just want to buy them from HF for the Wheels. I'll take them off and possibly attach them to tables or make dollies better suited for my needs.
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I have recently picked up two of the mover dollies available at HBF one is of the wooen type rated at 500pnds and the other is a thick heavy plastic resin material rated at 1000pnds, I have sbc on the wooden one complete manifold to pan water pump to fly wheel. The thing works like a champ!! On the other higher rated I have a 250 pnd transmission from my sons Maxima...long story.. at any rate it also works like a champ, I love these things as it is easy enough to move em around and tuck them away when not in use.

I picked up the "blue movers dollie" for $19 + Uncle Sam's cut.

My drive way is sloped a tad bit and it is by no means a newly paved or sealed asphalt surface and these thing have no problem being told where to go.

I will of course be making the swap of trans and sbc as to not over stress them but they get a big thumbs up from me.

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