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US General 5 drawer cart. Anyone put one on 8" pneumatic casters?

Ravenbar

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Looking to expand my tools storage capacity. My current shop is 150' from the driveway(10'x8' garden shed, on a rised platform, so packed to tools the floor can barely hold the weight, mixed use, so anything from electrical, to woodworking to fabrication to automotive tools), so it's literally 1000 trips to get and put away tools any time I'm working on something. Current toolbox, in that shed, is a Craftsman Griplatch of some sort I picked up used($75, including a second shallow top box I sold to my mother), with a shallower intermediate chest I picked up for $5.) I also have several plywood drawer boxes I've built over the years. I've got about 4'x5' of floor space in the shed.

I'm thinking to kill 2 birds with 1 purchase, and am thinking of picking up one of the 5 drawer carts, and a set full set of the 8" pneumatic casters, and adapting the cart for them. Not seeing anything online about anyone having done so, although I have seen a video of a 1 drawer cart being set up with them. Don't want to spend ~$260(~$199 for the cart on sale this month + ~$60 for the wheels) , just to find it doesn't work, as the cart is stock form will be useless to my needs. Biggest concern is that with the swivel casters will swing too far inboard, resulting it the cart wanting to tip to that end.

This cart will not be stored in the shed, but rather in my fathers garage, about 50' closer to the driveway. No space to work on vehicles in that garage, as it's too crammed with junk and mostly only 12' wide, with walls piles 4-6' out on each side. I think rough dimensions 12 24'x~40'. We haven't had electric out there in ~20 years. I just rewired my father/my portion of it for lights and outlets, although he needs to figure out where the sub panel is going to be. That's a debate in and of itself as my mother's section of the garage is where it was in the past, and it would be easiest to put it again, but she doesn't want it there. Garage is build on top of an older barn foundation and to put it where it was, with buried cable, means I break out about 3' of old concrete. Anywhere else and I'd breaking up 10'+ of old concrete to get the wires into the building.

Secondary intention of this is to see if he's interested in something like it, as I may buy him one for Christmas. He currently has no tool chest of any sort, relying on a number of small boxes and a couple boards with nails overflowing with a completely mismatched set of random tools. He's totally not a car person, but he does 90%+ of his own repairs and I do all of mine, all in the aforementioned driveway.
 
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don't use swivel casters if your afraid of it tipping over. 4 standard casters will work if you don't mind man handling it around corners.

Other than that..... I got nothing.
 
I've got pneumatic casters on HF 5 drawer, they aren't 8", they are smaller (maybe 5" or 6"? I'll measure tonight). Straight casters on one side, and locking swivel on the other.

If you take care with how you're maneuvering it, and make sure the wheels are straight when you park it, I don't see much danger of it tipping over, especially if you have weight on the bottom. 8" would probably be more tippy though.

If you have space to do so, with big. puffy 8" casters I would make extensions under the cart so that the casters are farther out, would be more stable that way, and you wouldn't have to take much care when moving it. I may eventually do that to mine, but mount my casters higher up, so the cart doesn't sit as high. For now, I just be careful.



It's really handy to have the tool cart right there next to the vehicles, my 1 car garage I can't fit a car into, so I do all my work under a 2 car carport right next to it, I feel your pain about going back and forth 100 times a day. So much nicer with a cart now. :-)
 
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don't use swivel casters if your afraid of it tipping over. 4 standard casters will work if you don't mind man handling it around corners.

Other than that..... I got nothing.

Not worried about the swivel, so much as the 8" caster swing radius putting the center of gravity far enough under the cart to be tippy when pulled.
 
I've got pneumatic casters on HF 5 drawer, they aren't 8", they are smaller (maybe 5" or 6"? I'll measure tonight). Straight casters on one side, and locking swivel on the other.

If you take care with how you're maneuvering it, and make sure the wheels are straight when you park it, I don't see much danger of it tipping over, especially if you have weight on the bottom. 8" would probably be more tippy though.

If you have space to do so, with big. puffy 8" casters I would make extensions under the cart so that the casters are farther out, would be more stable that way, and you wouldn't have to take much care when moving it. I may eventually do that to mine, but mount my casters higher up, so the cart doesn't sit as high. For now, I just be careful.

It's really handy to have the tool cart right there next to the vehicles, my 1 car garage I can't fit a car into, so I do all my work under a 2 car carport right next to it, I feel your pain about going back and forth 100 times a day. So much nicer with a cart now. :-)

Right now I carry far too much in my EDC toolbox, both for potential vehicle repairs and at work repairs on industrial equipment(It's closer and easier for me to head to the Jeep to get tools,rather than locate our facilities in house tools or borrow something from the shop.) I've got a Husky 3 Drawer box that lives in the back, that has all the basics in SAE & metric, screwdrivers, pliers, come along, ect.

I've thought about cutting the legs down/ re-drilling the bottom bolt shelf holes, to keep overall height down. Majority of the near term work to be done list is under the vehicle(front axle pinion bearing/ crush sleeve, rocker replacement, ect) so I'll be crawling on the ground most of the time. I've also thought about building a workbench in the garage, and carts hopefully could store under it.
 
You sold a tool box to your mom?

Didn't she raise you?

Didn't she take care of you when you were sick?

How fucking ungrateful of a person do you have to be to sell your mom a toolbox?
 
You sold a tool box to your mom?

Didn't she raise you?

Didn't she take care of you when you were sick?

How fucking ungrateful of a person do you have to be to sell your mom a toolbox?

She asked a price, I said $10... I think the place I got it from was asking $25 for it separate. I didn't have a use for or place to put that box.

You'd have to meet her in her "family" state. She puts on a normal face for the public, but can be nasty to family. I pay her for everything she does for me, as she expects, why would I expect different. She wouldn't have taken a $0 price.

Picture a house where my father has a set of tools, my mother has a set of tools, and I have a set of tools, Everyone has their own everything, and that mostly stems from my mother... She has her own everything, and everyone else is left to fend for themselves. Like I said, she has her own section of the garage, which is the only section that gets locked and only she has the key... There are a couple things I've dragged home from work, that have ended up locked up in there, despite usability elsewhere.
 
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Put rigid casters in the front and the swivels in the rear so the wheelbase grows when you "push" it.
 
She asked a price, I said $10... I think the place I got it from was asking $25 for it separate. I didn't have a use for or place to put that box.

You'd have to meet her in her "family" state. She puts on a normal face for the public, but can be nasty to family. I pay her for everything she does for me, as she expects, why would I expect different. She wouldn't have taken a $0 price.

Picture a house where my father has a set of tools, my mother has a set of tools, and I have a set of tools, Everyone has their own everything, and that mostly stems from my mother... She has her own everything, and everyone else is left to fend for themselves. Like I said, she has her own section of the garage, which is the only section that gets locked and only she has the key... There are a couple things I've dragged home from work, that have ended up locked up in there, despite usability elsewhere.

ah - understood.
 
Picked up the cart this past weekend. Haven't gotten any casters to upgrade to yet. This video puts me off using pneumatic casters, although his carts a LOT heavier than I ever envision this being:

Next choice would be the 8" cushion rubber options, but they defeat the purpose of bigger casters as they are very narrow. Might be good enough when its dry out, but I need this to be draggable through wet ground and snow, so wider tires are a plus.

Thinking about mounting some larger tires outboard(HF 13" pneumatic, that I'll foam fill, are catching my eye.)
 
He has 4 swivel casters, setup to fail! You will be fine if you put rigid casters opposite the handle. I'm going back to work in a few weeks and can post some real world pictures of carts much larger than you are planning. Just don't buy the cheapest casters you can find. On the heavy carts people often use 4 rigid on the front.

https://www.google.com/search?q=stu...wK4loBw&bih=615&biw=1152&client=firefox-b-1-d
 
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I've looked into this a few times for my service cart at work so it'd be able to roll over extension cords/air lines. The only way I see it really working is to build a frame to mount the casters outboard of the cart itself, and drop the cart back down to its original height.
 
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