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Old 11-10-2017, 07:54 AM
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Those damn casters!

Anyway of getting tranny jack casters all headed the same way? I have two tranny jacks, engine stand, engine cradle, and an engine lift. All have steel casters and none of them line up when moving the item, loaded are not.

Thinking about painting the wheels with a rubber type substances like the stuff in the boat commercial where he saws the boat in half, or a tool handle covering stuff.

Any ideas???????

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Yes, almost fun when putting and engine on the hoist then pushing...where will it go? Two things are necessary, swivel wheels so that the direction can be changed and steel for the weight. When using anything with steel wheels that have lots of weight on them make SURE the floor is clean. A flat washer can stop the wheel easy. Bottom line is I don't think there is a solution and rubber coating, in my opinion, won't work. Just take it as a challenge!
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Maybe a tie rod arrangement linking all four casters.
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My big channel lock pliers to twist the castors around so they are pointed in the same direction.

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Old 11-10-2017, 11:39 AM
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Worn out bearing, bent axles, bent studs or mounting plates or the wheels aren't in plane.

Jacks....can lift a 4000lb car but can't roll over a zip tie
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My big channel lock pliers to twist the castors around so they are pointed in the same direction.

Sam
You know I have the same problem when I move heavy things on jacks,Lifts, carts. I had never thought of the channel lock method. A lot of the time I would kick the caster but that hurt too much. I am going to try that Sam.
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Don't mean to steal the thread but worth mentioning here is the all aluminum jack with the roller front "wheel". The smallest of pebble will stop it from rolling while jacking. If it stops rolling to keep it centered under the jacking point of the car it will slide off the jack. Good chance of pocking a hole in the gas tank or radiator. Be careful.
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Might be as simple as lubing the pivot points...

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Might be as simple as lubing the pivot points...

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Yep, a bunch of grease works wonders.

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I have four of these Harbor Freight wheel dollies that have the same problem. I've greased the little wheel's axles and the bearings they swivel on to no avail. And what's worse is some of the wheels are drilled off center. Real junk !!! To replace the caster wheels with something better is pretty expensive.. X 16. .

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We have these at the shop, yeah, big bucks, $1300! But damn it, at the shop, they are worth every penny!



The mount grabbing the pinch weld under the rocker like this. Or on a frame too.



Or the studs on an axle or hub like this.



Or simply put the wheel on it like this.



These suckers are AWESOME, we push cars around the lot over asphalt and concrete over bumps and such they are awesome!

The extra spent on good casters is worth it for sure.

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I have four of these Harbor Freight wheel dollies that have the same problem. I've greased the little wheel's axles and the bearings they swivel on to no avail. And what's worse is some of the wheels are drilled off center. Real junk !!! To replace the caster wheels with something better is pretty expensive.. X 16. .


I bought a set of these. I was going to use them to move my 24 T Coupe around the shop. mind you the T is a very light car, (under 2k pounds).

The very first time I went to move the car with them they moved about 10 feet and 1 of the casters broke right off. I have used them 1 or 2 times in the past and I don't plan to use them again unless it is an emergency.. They were a total waste of money...
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It is without a doubt the cheap casters most companys uses. My snap-on tool box fully loaded and my snap-on shop crane with a complete 455 Buick on it can be moved with one hand.
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Notice the casters on Brian's example have crowns on the "tire" part. Most of the cheap casters have a flat rolling surface and bind easily. The crowned casters will turn together much better.

And Yeah, there is NO excuse for the casters being drilled off-center....complete lack of quality control or care on the operators part. I have some of that crap here too...
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