Lite weight casters?

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  1. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    I discovered that the wheels & plywood bash guard on the bottom of my ATA roadcase weigh 17 lbs!

    I know roadcases are heavy in general but geez 17lbs just for the wheels & mounting is ridiculous.

    Anybody know of some any "lite" 4" ball bearing casters?

    Maybe made from aluminum instead of steel ... I have had zero luck finding any.
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast

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    One lesson in life that I've learnt is don't cheap out on casters.

    My SVT ATA case doesn't have casters so I use a dolly. When loading I get help lifting the ATA case, then I lift the dolly. It is better to have it attached though. Otherwise the case can slip off the dolly. So that is one option.

    Don't know if these are lighter than what you have but they are typical of the industry standard.

    There are magnesium and aluminum casters. Magnesium tends to be lighter.
  3. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    My casters are higher end than any of those on RH & they work great they are just really heavy.

    I was hoping some knew of some Aluminum casters .. I can't find any.
  4. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast

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    Search for wheelchair casters. Skateboard trucks are light and would work.
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  6. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

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    Check McMaster Carr
    That's where I have bought a few sets from
    Very high quality with actual load ratings.
    Mine are steel, very strong, and reasonably heavy.
  7. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

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    I could sell you four steel casters that weigh a total of 2.5 pounds...I just checked em.

    Using solid pine instead of plywood might save some weight as well.
  8. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    I already got rid of the plywood, that lost 7 lbs & if I cut the caster weight in half that is 12 lbs lighter ... definitely noticeable.

    4" casters?
    pictures?
    how much?
  9. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

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    The wheels on mine are 2" in diameter with bearings...see pic.

    12 bucks plus exact shipping.

    Attached Files:

  10. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    Tried 2" already & they get caught on the slightest rough surface.
  11. sincity

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  12. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    Most likey I'll just live with the weight ... make the drummer unload it :)

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