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As you all know very well by now, I’m always on the lookout for a good project for you fine folks – and all the better if I don’t have to have the boys in the lab make it up for me! Gives them more time to work on installing my home theater system.

This is a pretty stellar DIY guide over on The Family Handyman, with illustrations, pictures, a step by step guide, and guidance on what parts to purchase. It could probably be pretty easily simplified as well, if you don’t need something quite as ornate as what they end up with.

I know what you’re thinking: you’re worried I’m gonna leave you hanging without linking you somewhere you can buy top quality garden cart wheels to use in this project! Not to worry – you know I’d never do that to you.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Our lab boys have some videos in the works for you fine people to kill your spare time with, but in the meanwhile, here’s the folks from This Old House with a quick video on repairing a wheelbarrow tire. Useful if you work in a factory that manufactures loose rusty nails or somesuch.

Alternatively, you could equip your wheelbarrow or cart with flat free, solid pneumatic tires and ounce of prevention your way to ultimate yard work victory.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Here at Wheel and Caster, we believe in several core principles. One of those principles is: never let the worker bees get too comfy! So we’ve ordered them to rework our showroom and expand our in-store service. It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s already looking good.

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Stop by anytime (not after 5, though. We let the guard beasts out after 5).

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Well, it finally happened: Despite our best efforts, the boys in the lab got a hold of the Transformers movies. Apparently someone was trying to melt them down in the incinerator and just left them there when it didn’t work. Idiot! You can’t destroy pure evil! And you certainly shouldn’t just leave it lying around!

Since we couldn’t have the boys making wheel golems that battled each other over ownership of the All-Cart, we compromised – they could build a workbench with hidden casters that could extend or retract.

Super heavy duty, retractable casters, and a shiny coat of paint. It’s so beautiful, even Michael Bay would think twice before blowing it up.

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Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

I was taking a run in my giant hamster wheel last evening when it occurred to me that you fine folks might not be aware of just how much the boys in the lab love to be visited. And by visited, I mean stared at while they continue working – we keep the whip cracking around here.

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But we are a local caster dealer, open to the public, located in Spokane, WA. You can call in or buy online from anywhere, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to just walk in and chat with someone face to face. If you live in the area, or are passing through, feel free anytime. Well, anytime Monday through Friday, 8-5. We let the attack dogs loose after closing, so don’t be late.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Here’s another DIY project – but the boys in the lab had little to nothing to do with this one! An enterprising customer of ours decided paying $1,000 for a custom table was absurd – especially when a little ingenuity and a trip to Wheel and Caster could do the trick for much less.

Take a look – I think it turned out pretty swell. I’m gonna have the lab make me one as soon as they’re done designing the robotic personal assistant I ordered.

Custom Caster Table

 

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

If you haven’t noticed, it’s starting to warm up out there. And we all know what that means – it’s time to spruce up the mansion! Or duplex/mobile home/medieval castle. Whatever it is, there’s room for improvement.

The boys in the lab have whipped up a few ideas for you, along with some products that might help you get them done. Just to get the wheels in your head turning (pun probably not intended).

Rolling gate

An easy way to keep those pesky neighbors out now that you can’t count on the towering snow drifts to do the job.

Gardening

Whether it’s spring flowers, a sprawling orchard, or a soup kitchen for your local deer population, you’ll need a trusty cart to move your supplies around.

Lawn mowing

You know it’s gonna happen. Grass don’t stop growing. If your mower isn’t quite up to snuff after hibernation, we can get it rolling again.

 

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Here at the lab we’re no strangers to big orders. If you’re a manufacturer or need an OEM order, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our caster guys are top notch – they can get you what you need in whatever quantity you need it.

Of course, we handle the small stuff, too – we welcome walk-ins and online orders of any size. But if you’re looking to buy in bulk, pick up the phone, and we’ll get you taken care of. 1-888-535-4770.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

Here’s another DIY project the boys in the lab dug up – this one’s for the aspiring film makers among you. Sometimes that perfect shot needs to be a smooth pan, or slow zoom out. Your options are to walk real careful (and hey, shaky-cam shots are hot right now), spend a few grand on a professional rig, or check out this handy DIY guide over at Instructables.com.

Their build uses used rollerblade wheels, but you could accomplish the same effect with these hard rubber wheels or, with a little creative mounting, these light duty plate casters. The rubber casters would likely give the dolly a smoother ride, and the plate casters would eliminate having to jury-rig the axles, giving the dolly more capacity.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.

If you’re like me, you often find yourself wondering about the nature of wheels and casters while sipping your morning Mt. Dew. You say I’m a strange fellow? You should get a load of the boys in the lab. But don’t mock the boys – after all, they just whipped up these helpful descriptions to aid you in choosing the right wheel for your project.

These are just some of the more common options – for a more complete breakdown of the wondrous possibilities on offer, head over to Wheel and Caster 101.

Pneumatic – This wheel provides a cushioned ride for delicate instruments and breakable items. the tube-type, pressurized tire combines shock absorption with quiet operation and easy rolling. Standard with ball bearings.

Mold-on Rubber – Cushioned rubber tread permanently vulcanized to a semi-steel core is recommended for quiet movement with heavy loads. Molded core provides added strength with a reinforced, double-thick hub. Vulcanized rubber-tread wheels are standard with roller bearings. Temperature operating range is -40 degrees F to +159 degrees F. Durometer rating is 75A.

Phenolic – Phenolic compound reinforced with macerated fabric makes a high-strength, high-impact wheel resistant to oil, gasoline, even dilute acids. Compression-molded under extreme pressure, these wheels gain a dense uniform consistency. Phenolic wheels are non-marking, non-conductive, and spark-proof. They are available with plain or roller bearings. Will not warp or swell in a temperature operating range of -40 degrees F to +300 degrees F. durometer is 75D.

Semi-Steel – Cast iron toughened with steel, this wheel has extremely high load ratings and exceptionally long wear life. It’s recommended for rough wood and concrete floors – a good choice for moving heavy loads in manufacturing and warehousing. Long-life features include a heavy tread and plain or roller bearings. Ideal in extreme operating temperature ranges of -40 degrees F to +800 degrees F with optional high temperature grease.

Wheel and Caster is a locally owned business located in Spokane, Washington. We ship all over the country and strive to provide quick, helpful service. Wheel and Caster is a division of Norlift, Inc, which is also a pretty cool place. You can read more about it at the Norlift blog.