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Forum topic by scottkeen posted 04-18-2016 06:45 PM 402 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scottkeen

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04-18-2016 06:45 PM

I’m building four shop carts which will have casters on them. My “workshop” is my condo and my condo balcony. When I want to use a bench tool, I wheel it onto the balcony. When I’m done, I wheel it back inside where I store it in the guest bedroom/office.

The flooring conditions are:
The inside of the condo will have either laminate flooring or bamboo flooring, or maybe resilient vinyl flooring. Haven’t decided yet.
The balcony is a concrete slab with a broom finish.
The only obstacle for the cart to ride over is the sliding glass patio door threshold leading to the balcony.

The largest shop cart will be 44”x27” and weigh 300-lbs with tools. The smallest cart will be about 24”x20” and weigh about 100-lbs with tool.

What size casters should I get?
I’m leaning to the 4” wheel size. I’d like to standardize on the wheels for all carts if possible.

What tread type should I get, rubber or polyurethane?
My understanding is that rubber will not mar a wood floor but will flat-spot if left to sit, whereas polyurethane may mar a wood floor but won’t flat-spot. I’m not sure if any of my flooring choices (I’m leaning to the bamboo) would be susceptible to marring by 4 polyurethane casters on a 300-lb cart (75-lb load per caster)


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ohtimberwolf

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#1 posted 04-19-2016 02:24 PM

Are you sure your condo rules allow tools of that sort? You may have some very irate neighbors. Just checking. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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scottkeen

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#2 posted 04-19-2016 03:20 PM



Are you sure your condo rules allow tools of that sort? You may have some very irate neighbors. Just checking. larry

- ohtimberwolf

The condo Board and property manager know I’m woodworking, they think it’s neat.
... and I’m on the condo Board :-)

The noise ordinance of the county allows construction noise between 7am and 9pm. To be considerate of my neighbors, I keep noise limited to 9am to 7pm (2 hour margin on both ends). These are 3-story garden condos, mine is on the top floor.

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#3 posted 04-19-2016 03:52 PM

The larger the wheel, the easier it is to roll and get over obstacles.

I use 5” on my carts which weigh when loaded about 350 pounds.

I use mine on concrete so I have the polyurethane wheels.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler, http://www.hollowwoodworks.com

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scottkeen

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#4 posted 04-19-2016 03:58 PM



The larger the wheel, the easier it is to roll and get over obstacles.

I use 5” on my carts which weigh when loaded about 350 pounds.

I use mine on concrete so I have the polyurethane wheels.

- Puzzleman

Would you mind posting a photo of the cart with the 5” wheels so I can get an idea of the relative size? What’s the overall height of the cart with casters? Thanks!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 04-19-2016 04:03 PM

Urethane for me.
We have urethane on office furniture as well. Our wood floors have not suffered.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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splatman

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#6 posted 04-19-2016 06:59 PM

To get an idea of what 5” wheels would look like on your cart, cut cardboard discs the same size as the wheels you are considering, and stand them next to you cart where the wheels will go. Raise the cart on wood blocks or other so it would have the height with the wheels you are considering.

Concerning the patio door track:
Make ramps that sit on the floor on either side. Or something like this:

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ohtimberwolf

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#7 posted 04-20-2016 12:46 AM

Sounds like you have covered the bases. Glad you have such a circumstance. Enjoy your sawdust time. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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