|09-16-2011 10:36 AM|
Thanks for all your feedback.
I have read very favorable reviews on dollies from tireskate.com and they look good to me. More expensive than harbor freight, but probably well worth it. They also have skate top that will bolt to their skates and allow the frame to be supported by the skate. For larger wheels, they have frame dollies that bolt to the frame. This stuff could be built, but quality castors are expensive so buying may be better deal. I plan on ordering some next week. Moved my '37 Roadmaster home yesterday, as suggested by "zbhover", bought a couple of the harbor freight furniture dollies yesterday for $11.99 each on sale. They don't move easily, but will roll. Glad I did because the rear of car had to be dragged sideways to get it out of garage it was stored in. Amazingly the car had not been driven since '52, but all four tires held air. The right front wheel was locked up, but I was able to drag car out of the garage with my truck. After it was moved to my new garage, I put a dolly under the locked wheel and pushed it in my garage with my truck. I'll let you know how the tireskates work when I receive them.
|09-13-2011 03:46 PM|
key point: if you're going to use these dollies, then make sure the casters on the dollies are pointed in the correct direction. If you push/pull on the vehicle and expect the casters to turn then be prepared to replace 'em - they're more likely to break off in that case. It's better once it's moving, but no big directional changes without adjusting the casters first.[/QUOTE]
This is exactly what i found -point them before trying to move the vehicle leave the side bars[mine don't have them ] straps , on the skates they are meant to keep the tire on the skate.mine doesn't have them.Mine proved wondeful with smooth cement and a 34 for coupe on them , then i set her 79 lincoln verailles on the skates , That proved out to work good to, if you need commercial skates for anything heavier than these two. DONT BUY HF stuff
HF is where you buy tools you don't or never use much . i've tried alot of their stuff--they know it to, as they are always good about my refund. i keep trying them, but their quality never changes. And it won't!!! thats how they get rich nuff said bob s
|09-13-2011 03:32 PM|
Jack dollies like "Uni-Dolly" seem to make a lot of sense because they can be used when you do not have wheels or suspension in place installed.
Does this make sense, or am I missing something?
Has anyone used the Uni-dolly?
Is there a less expensive jack dolly that I'm missing?
|09-09-2011 06:36 PM|
|cranky1||Made my own. Not that hard to do if you have a chop saw and a welding machine....and better than buying more crap made in China.|
|09-07-2011 05:09 PM|
|bsa_bob2||Mine are the tire skates i recognize the shape/so now they are $50.00 or so more than they were. 12" wide These work good hth bob s|
|09-07-2011 04:26 PM|
Thanks for your feedback.
For a ton personal reviews on vehicle dollies check out the thread at http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ead.php?t=4881
|09-07-2011 01:51 PM|
|bsa_bob2||There was a fella making dollies at home in South lyon michigan i bought mine 20 years ago and paid 175.00 which i thought was expensive then, i still have them never any problems as described above, and now i don't use then anymore.But the castores are top notch and they go where ever you push your car to.You could probably dig around on the internet and find this guy i don't know. I do know anything that you want a tool to do properly, DON'T BUY IT FROM HF the ONLY thing i ever bought from them that worked quite well was a m/c table, and IT works good. 5 years now.|
|09-07-2011 01:06 PM|
|deadbodyman||LOL,I wouldnt own a pair either if HF didnt have them...talk about cheap.... I waited untill I had a 20% coupon.....|
|09-07-2011 12:48 PM|
I used a set of the 1000lb dollies to move a '79 Chevy truck into my garage using a come-a-long to drag it in (dollies on the front wheels only). The drivetrain was out of the truck, but it was still a pain since I broke a few of the casters. Managed to do it over an old driveway and dirt/gravel by using pieces of 3/4" plywood as a solid surface.
key point: if you're going to use these dollies, then make sure the casters on the dollies are pointed in the correct direction. If you push/pull on the vehicle and expect the casters to turn then be prepared to replace 'em - they're more likely to break off in that case. It's better once it's moving, but no big directional changes without adjusting the casters first.
|09-07-2011 08:57 AM|
Like DBM says, lube the axles and turn tables before you use them and they will be fine. ( they wont work on a gravel driveway,lol)
I have 4 of them and couldn't get along without them.
I use them to move rear ends, trans, cars, whatever with no problems and would like to have at least 2 more.
A 2001 Mustang GT will easily roll sideways across my garage on them.
Mine have the bars and at times I have thought about cutting one bar off so I can slide them in sideways to a tire. Then I think about it and just jack the rig up a couple more inches.
I do not know how strong they would be with a bar missing and for many uses the bar helps to support say the pinion end of a diff when moving it around.
I would not spend more on others as they work fine and I am cheap.
|09-06-2011 12:42 PM|
Thanks for all your feedback.
1) Does anyone have a supplier of vehicle dollies they like for a heavier car (4400 lbs)?
2) Do the bars that are across some dollies help, or hurt, the use of the dollie?
|09-05-2011 09:51 PM|
|Capt. Zorro||Yeah, they work OK for light to medium cars. I've got a couple sets I've had for years. Have a couple transmissions on two of them that make it handy to roll under the workbench.|
|09-05-2011 09:06 PM|
|capt546||Granted my skylark is under 3K but I found they work pretty well as long as you makes sure the tire is centered on the dolly, mine was a little hard to move around until I realized one of the rear dolly tire was not centered. I jacked up that wheel and re-position the dolly and it works a whole lot better.|
|09-05-2011 08:45 AM|
|deadbodyman||I bought a couple pair and I like them......BUT....as with just about all HF stuff you have to tweek them a little...the casters have NO grease so grease up the swivel then the axel and you wont have any trouble....Just be sure there isnt any debre like nuts and bolts on the floor. they'll make any solid wheel caster stop dead in its tracks...|
|09-05-2011 07:09 AM|
If your doing something light like a VW project, then their $9.99 cheapo furniture movers work great, atleast the did for my V8 Beetle Project But the bug is light and I have smooth concrete to roll it around on.
I just put some 2x12's on top of them and I had no problems.......
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