Leveling / adjustable castors help

  1. Yamhon Member

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    Now that I have a replacement grinder on order I'm wanting to resume working on my welding table. Before I start ordering components I think I require I just wanted to create a post to make sure my understanding is correct and in case there is a sim pler method to achieve what I want.

    My welding table, even cut in half; is very very heavy, far too heavy for me to carry on my own, and I'd rather not drag it in case I damage the garage pad or need to move it outside, which would be very difficult to drag over. So I'd like to add castors to it so it can be mobile when it needs to be. As the garage where the table will be stored and most often used has a small slope to help drainage I would like to be able to adjust the castors so that they top of the table is level as nearest as possible.

    I had planned to just weld rod connectors, such as these below to each leg where I will thread in a set screw. The head of the set screw would be welded to a small plate of say 2mm sheet and upon that the castors will be bolted so they can be removed. I'm assuming to level the castors with this approach I would need to turn the entire castor assembly to raise or lower each castor and that this might be quite difficulty under load.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QBYR...olid=2I0W386Z7WA7S&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    To make the leveling easier I'm now thinking about also adding one or two nuts above the rod connector onto the set screws, and if I understand this correctly tightening down those nuts onto the rod connectors which are welded to the tables frame will in turn raise each castor up or vice versa.

    Am I on the right lines, would they work out as I am thinking the way I've described them?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    I’d consider investing in a set of these, they’re the dogs danglies:

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  3. Yamhon Member

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    Having a look online for them now, could you explain how they work? They seem quite expensive if you purchase them in singles, though I've only found them on a couple of industrial websites so far, will try Ebay as well.
     
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    Wow; first place I found wanted £54 each and now I've just found a set of 4 on Amazon for £29.99 lol
     
  5. Kram

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    With the lathe bench, 40mm tube legs, I welded a plate and m20 nut on the end of each leg and a length of threading for each foot. The bench is 20+kg and lathe is another 100kg. I intended to have seperate castors that cam down only when I want to move it, which is rare enough I havent bothered
     
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    They’re great but have a look at the information to see if they’ll adjust enough to make up for your floor depending how far off it is, or you’ll be using shims which might defeat the object for you. Worth having a lever handy for adjusting them with a lot of weight.

    Note also the castors are smallish so you won’t be dragging it over any rough ground.

    Finally I feel obliged to add, I’ve drunk a lot today and any of my advice should be taken with a pinch of salt.
     
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    A thick plate with a nut welded to the back / inside
     
  9. Yamhon Member

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    They'll be fine in the garage as that's a really smooth pad, useless outside of the garage. Don't foresee much of a need to move the table out of the garage, but it is certainly something to consider.
     
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    I would stick 4 leveling bolts in the corners and just fix two fixed wheels bolted one end.
    Lift and pull from one side.
    No reason to have 4 casters for the odd movement.
     
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    Scaffold tower castors would be very easy to adjust and probably cope off road. Braked and with kick around height adjusters.

    Bob

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    A scaffold tube goes over the thread and adjusting the nut raises or lowers the height of the scaffold tube.
     
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  16. Yamhon Member

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    Thank you.

    So if I weld on a cut off piece of scaffold tube to each leg of the table, I simply insert a scaffold base jack / castor into this and the weight of the table rests on the collar on each base jack?

    I haven't found scaffold casters available for what I can afford, so I'll get scaffold jack base plates and bolt casters to those.
     
  17. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    I used the industrial ones reference above worked really well so far

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  18. Dcal

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    If you make the legs of the table out of scaffold tube then it looks after itself,
    As you already have made the table you would need to add sections of scaffold tube to each leg.
    Not all jack legs are for normal scaffold tube so it's easy to get caught out.

    I think their are better options, I tend to buy casters from Lidl when they come up and make a plate to allow them to mounted to what I need.
    They work OK for moving stuff but are not great if you are after a really stable base.

    Someone on here made a bench where they could jack the table up and bring the casters into play for moving then get them back out of the way after it been moved
     
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    You are in luck, there are some lurking in the container.

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  20. Yamhon Member

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    I'll weld on some 48.3mm galvanized tube I've found in cut down lengths, then when I make the next table can just cut them off and use the scaffold itself for the legs of the table as suggested.

    Thank you for everyone's help and sugestions.
     
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