Now, I know you’ve been reading this blog about wheels and casters with rapt attention, drawn in by every word. But by this time you may be asking yourself, “unless I get invited to be a participant on Wheel & Caster of Fortune, what good will this stuff really do me?”
Well picture this, oh you of little faith: You’re alone in your workshop, putting the finishing touches on your exoskeleton mech-suit, during a thunderstorm (very foolish, that; if there’s anything sci-fi movies have taught us, it’s that theoretical science experiments should never be conducted when there is any chance of lightning). A bolt of electricity strikes! Your hubris is your downfall! Unless you can reach your tools and apply the restraining bolt you invented for this express situation…
But alas, your tools are way, way over there. Like, all the way over there. Your living mech suit turns your mad scientist face into giblets.
So the usefulness of a mobile parts platform is undeniable, to ensure easy access to restraining bolts, and also other less specialized equipment.
We asked the boys in the lab if there was anything they could do about this, and they emerged with this beauty:
That’s right, it’s a rolling bin system. Load up those heavy duty bins with parts, bolts, Skittles, eyes of weasel, or whatever you happen to use in your garage or workshop. It’s set on heavy duty locking casters, so when you’re working on a job over here, all your tools and parts don’t have to be sitting so irritatingly over there. Pop the locks, roll everyone over to your location, pop the locks back down, and get back to work.
Norlift is selling the fully loaded rolling bin system for $495 (link goes to an ad on Craigslist with more info); alternatively, you could create your own similar system using medium duty plate casters like the ones hiding behind that handy link.
If you do happen to make something of your own, let me know! Add a comment below or shoot me an email.
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.