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where to find: casters? Answered

Hi everyone, I need to buy four good casters for a project I am working on. I will mount them on a wood plank using screws. I need them to have decently large wheels, perhaps 4-5", and to function well even when the load per caster is around 15lbs. Can you recommend me a place to get these? I have never bought casters before, and don't know enough about them to choose from all the suppliers that Google shows me. Thank you in advance for any help : ) James

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Why haven't you gone to your local hardware store or home improvement (big-box) store? Those are really common for movers dollies, AV equipment carts, and so on.

My favorite supplier for "commercial" materials like this is McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply. They aren't necessarily the least expensive, but their stuff is uniformly good quality (you get what you pay for) and their customer service is outstanding.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

haha, the McMaster-Carr sales commission check for five cents is in the mail...they are making a top referrer patch as we speak.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

I wish! If I got a commission for referrals, I'd be a heck of a lot more vocal about them :-) I've just had really good luck with them over the years.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

I don't think I've really seen any large 4" casters in regular places like Home Depot so you may have to special order. You have to think about what surface your wheels will be rolling on and make a suitable choice. Rubber is always good but more expensive. Plastic or hard nylon may only be good on carpet. They come in a one piece version with the mounting plate that it swivels on so you can screw it directly to your platform or you can get them in a stem-only version where you have to drill and plug in a socket to the platform. In addition to TUA's suggestion below, maybe a medical supply place/repair shop that you can find front wheels used on a wheelchair. Good luck.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

11 years ago

It sounds like front wheels of baby strollers would be just what you need, check some thrift and second hand stores.