Jump to content

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

I found the Achilles heel of my Shopsmith, the casters, they are horrible!

They are a beast to roll around.

Any Shopsmith folks with any advise, I'd sure appreciate it.

 

1544915053397-309969948.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John, do those casters have a single center post bolt mount to go through those aluminum aprons?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, Grandpadave52 said:

John, do those casters have a single center post bolt mount to go through those aluminum aprons?

1544921921066-103017105.jpg

 

15449219675171068887100.jpg

 

I think so?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is that a spring on top? At first I thought the design was similar to my old Craftsman RAS cabinet, but seeing it closer, quite different.

 

If you can't change out the caster wheels for larger diameter, I think I'd remove that set-up and install a set of these...

 

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-retracting-casters

image.png.4f8680a887479571f7f22551ea4a834f.png

or these...

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-workbench-caster-set-4-piece

image.png.c4953f90d72d9aa8b4fc28ebf06d0cdb.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go to Granger or a caster supply store. You can get better wheels with the same size spindle or get caster with a thru hole to mount. Then use whatever length bolt you need to secure this wheel. You can also do online search. I did this search last month for lathe wheels and found this: https://www.surpluscenter.com/shop.axd/Search?keywords=thru+hole+wheels

Have not purchased here but that is a great price.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, John Morris said:

They are a beast to roll around.

go to a way better caster...

https://www.woodcraft.com/search?q=casters&button=search

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, John Morris said:

I actually found the OEM upgrade for this machine!

those are the same casters Woodcraft carries...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

those are the same casters Woodcraft carries...

Looking for em Stick, but don't see em at Woodcraft.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

shows they are rated at 284 lbs, not bad.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

The ones from Shopsmith are about the same price, and I know they'll work. The ones from Woodcraft have that threaded spindle, the ones from Shopsmith have that specialty spindle, the spindle attaches to a spring mechanism, I think that is what that special bulb catch or whatever you call it on the Shopsmith spindle is. Thanks Stick, I think I'll get the SS ones, and thanks all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those old wheels aren't too bad on a smooth surface but on concrete with expansion joints, they are a bear. Even a small sliver of wood will stop you in your tracks. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
48 minutes ago, Gene Howe said:

Those old wheels aren't too bad on a smooth surface but on concrete with expansion joints, they are a bear. Even a small sliver of wood will stop you in your tracks. 

Gene, my wheels don't seem to want to turn on demand, I have to persuade the machine with nudges at strategical push points on the machine to get the Smith to go in the direction I want it too, frustrating. I hope these new wheels will make the difference.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
49 minutes ago, Cal said:

Please come back with a users report after you have made the change John.

No doubt I will!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Gene Howe said:

A steering wheel and tie rods would be nice.B)

Probably have to pay tax for that accessory on the"left coast" since the FCC ruled against the "Text Tax.":rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Who We Are

Operation Ward 57 Challenge Coin Display Project

We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now!

Objective

Air Force Command Center Plaque

Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans.

Volunteer

Patriot Woodworker Volunteers

The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation.

Education

Logging

One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.

×
×
  • Create New...