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Jon 07-31-2006 10:21 AM

the Hover Creeper
Saw this on Make. I wonder if it's genuinely useful, or just another gimmicky invention.


The Davison team saw that the relatively simple creeper had one obvious flaw - wheels. They were the most expensive part of the creeper; they fell into floor cracks, shifted wildly over bolts and got into the mechanics' way. So, they just took them off.

Now, mechanics hover off the shop floor on a half-inch bed of air.

It was simple. A 14-pound creeper that floated on compressed air bladders.
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crazy larry 07-31-2006 10:26 AM

the video leaves a little to be desired.....
available fall '06......

could be a hoot.???

silentpoet 07-31-2006 12:03 PM

Eat enough beans and any creeper becomes a hover creeper. :D

ckucia 07-31-2006 01:33 PM

Looks kinda cool. I like how it can be dropped to the floor easily for better leverage.

Big downside I can see is that the must be a pretty large volume of air disturbed when you move it - in my garage, that would probably blow cr@p all over the place and possibly blow away small fasteners.

Still, if priced right, the upsides might outweigh the downsides.

pepi 07-31-2006 08:55 PM

looks like a giant mouse for a computer, the thing that comes to my mind is here we go with another air hose to keep untangled. Air hoses as a rule will get tangled around jack stands, engine stands,jacks and any other floor bombs laying about.The shot of a guy sliding across the floor. I suppose if one is into floor racing this could be a whole new race division, considering folks race stuff like power tools and lawn mowers. I do agree with the bean theory, but the current hybrid creeper needs more work, maybe a shot of nitrous...

gimmicky is a good word

Bryan59EC 07-31-2006 09:04 PM

I actually use somthing like this to move very large and heavy equipment at work.

We have an air system that will move 20,000 on four 1ft square pads.

A crack in the concrete floor---not a good thing---instant loss of air pressure.

It does blow a lot of debris around---and once you get the equipment moving---not easy to stop 13,000lb with a 200lb human.

Sure beats using little rollers and pinch bars to move and place this stuff. We just lift the equipment (with a forklift or railroad jack) set it on the pads, turn on the air--push it with a finger.

Way cool


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