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02-14-2016 05:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: casters

I have these poly casters on most of my mobile bases.

I believe they are all 10 years old (give or take 1 or 2). They are now all coming apart. Every time I move a tool more and more of the poly comes off – they don’t roll very well when all of the poly comes off either. So now I’m in need of new casters for mobile bases. I would like some recommendations on what castors you use and how you like them.

I know 10 years of rolling around concrete is pretty good – but would be nice to buy one last set of casters that will take me into retirement in 15 years or so.

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 11:19 AM

I don’t have a particular recommendation, but if you want a good source with dozens of options and good info, check McMaster Carr:

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 01:19 PM

Man, those are expensive. I get mine at Harbor Freight, way cheaper and I haven’t had a failure yet. Even if they do fail in the future I won’t feel so bad because I didn’t pay that much.

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 01:41 PM

I use the Woodcraft locking casters. They work well and lock securely and easily. I have not had a failure yet and have them on some heavy equipment.

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 01:43 PM

You could get steel wheeled casters. Lowes and HD carry them, and I’m sure some of the hardware stores will also.

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 01:45 PM

I think a hard plastic wheel should last longer but will be kind of noisy compared to the ones you have

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 03:56 PM

Harbor Freight!

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 04:17 PM

I use poly casters from hd that look just like the ones you linked. They run $8 each near me. My garage floor is very smooth concrete, the wheels hold well without sliding.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 05:43 PM

You could just make new wheels and replace the ones that are on there. Recycled milk jugs work well. A lathe makes them easy to make, or you could also use a stationary belt sander. Would be a no-cost solution.


PS: I’m also a big fan of HF casters… get them when they are on sale and use a coupon.

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 07:51 PM

Thanks guys. I’ve not thought of HF. I’ll have to go by there in the next couple of weekends and see what I can find. Unfortunately for me, all of my casters seems to have come apart as a family event – so I have 16 to replace so a less expensive option may be the way to go.

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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#10 posted 02-15-2016 03:01 AM

Harbor Freight wheels look just like those from Rockler. Only difference is HF are maroon instead of red. I put some on my belt sander just today.

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#11 posted 02-15-2016 03:16 AM

I use harbor frieght for casters. They are cheap and seem to be the same ones that Lowes sell. I’ve not had a problem with any of them I’ve bought so for.

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#12 posted 02-15-2016 03:46 AM

Our Woodcraft casters have the same issue, they tend to delaminate,at the same time. The guy at Woodcraft was very familiar with the issue. We went to Payson Casters and got the steel wheeled casters with a single brake. Your other option is to just change out the wheel of your existing casters with a wheel from a similar caster. We did this in the past because the double locking rotating caster was a lot more expensive than a fixed caster, yet they share the same wheel. I’ve heard from more than one source that not moving your equipment for extended periods increases the chances the polyurethane wheels will delaminate for whatever reason. I tend to agree with this analysis, since one of the heaviest pieces of shop equipment we have, still has the original casters we put on it 16 years ago. This piece of equipment is typically moved on a regular basis, while other units on casters remain static for extended periods.

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#13 posted 02-16-2016 12:19 AM

Yep, I have a Shopfox mobile base under my cabinet table saw and when I moved it a few days ago, all four casters became delaminated.

Once I find better casters I will lift the table saw off of the mobile base, with my tractor and pallet forks. Bad thing is I will probably have to go with larger casters which will make table higher than my 42” x 84” outfield table., also on casters.

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#14 posted 02-16-2016 12:23 AM

Give me a guarantee that you will be around in 15 years!!!!???? Your NUTS!!!

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#15 posted 02-16-2016 12:58 AM

I knew there was a word for the red stuff coming off – “delaminating.” Learn something new everyday. Most of my mobile bases get moved around quite a bit as I have a very cramped shop.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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