We have a number of cheap furniture dollies in the shop that we use to move our parts carts around. I've come to hate these as it only takes a small bit of debris on the floor to cause the hard plastic wheels to bind/skid. Looking for suggestions for a better castor to use on our concrete floors. Price is a factor as I'd be needing 64 of them. Thank you
i have 30 or so carts in the shop that we use to spray parts on, seems like there are never enough. Iíve got quite a bit of experience with the good and bad ones. The best Iíve used are from Lowes, 4Ē or 5Ē and gray rubber and are about $11. The second best are from Lowes which are red and have larger paddle type locks which are handy for when you donít want the cart to move like when youíre using it as a bench, about $7 each. I picked up 4 blue ones from harbor freight the other day for 2 bucks each and the are surprisingly great. Roll good and swivel good. If your replacing many and donít need a huge weight rating then those are your best bet.
Thanks very much for the responses. After Mike mentioned it, I remembered that I have 2 tool cabinets on dollies with the grey rubber wheels that have worked well. I'm going to relocate them one of the parts carts and see how they do under load. If they handle the weight I'll see if I can find a more direct supplier than Lowes. Thanks again.
Another vote for the Harbor Freight casters. I just put two of our assembly tables on some 2.5" diameter swivel casters that are working well. They were only about $2.50 each with a 200 lb load capacity.
its all about what you plan to use the carts for. Ours are used to take stacks of doors from one station to the next, it mostly face frames are placed on them and carted in and out of the spray area. A lot of different uses. Iíve got ones with the big gray ones that are used for the heavy stuff and lighter ones for the light stuff. Here are my two favorites from Lowes that I mentioned.
One of the best investments we ever made was to build 30 carts all the same height as the lowest position for our scissor-lift work bench. This allows for one man to move incredibly heavy products onto and off the assembly bench single handed.
We used to have a collection that was arrived at organically. There were probably six or seven different heights with at least that many different footprints. They were miserable to operate.
Having all the carts a common height allowed us to double stack base cabinets.
The scissorlift benches will rise exactly high enough to slide one cabinet onto another. Sometimes we gang two or more carts in a row. The carts each have a swing up handle so moving them empty long distances isn't a back-breaker.
These new carts have terrifically enhanced our storage capacity. Owing to shortage of Mexicans in the window manufacturing plants our job sites are taking longer and longer to get to the finish line. Windows you used to be able to get in 3 weeks now take 10 weeks. The window hangs up the drywall and the drywall hangs up everything else.
The best thing we did was spend some money on the castors. This is the most important part. Without a great castor you will struggle.
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