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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.

 

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

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9 minutes ago, Grandpadave52 said:

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

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I think so?

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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

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or these...

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

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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.

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2 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

those are the same casters Woodcraft carries...

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

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shows they are rated at 284 lbs, not bad.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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49 minutes ago, Cal said:

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

No doubt I will!

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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:

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