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wheelie big problem.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rougeporn, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. heres the story, ive just started gigging, and my cabs consist of a peavey 4 X10 and a peavey 2X10.
    the 4X10 is an absolute heavy mofo. I need solutions for moving this badboy, ive thought about fitting wheels, but im afraid that something bad will happen and the preformance will be effected, by the speaker being off the ground. Also concidered those ones with the removeable wheels, but cant find any anywhere. Or i guess i could use a skateboard or something?? any ideas or anything, im only a little guy and cant lug big stuff around.
  2. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    Glue up a couple of pieces of plywood the same size and shape as the bottom of your 4x10 and maybe 1-1.5" thick.

    Mount casters (the largest you can find) on the bottom. I liked 5" models.

    Attach a big strap underneath it.

    It's called a dollyboard. Set your cab(s) on it, strap them down, and roll them away.
  3. How about mounting the castors on the side? I did that with one and it worked fine.

    Those pop outs are cool, but they wear out over time and just fall out when you pick it up.

    However I have (and had) a few Peavey 410s with the castors on the bottom and it didn't affect the performance at all. They still sound like Peavey.
  4. Oh, you could also go buy a $20 two wheeler (dolly).
  5. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Wheels are good. Wheels rule! They're not good in stairs but they're good anyway. Just make sure you get wheels strong enough to handle the porky cab.

    Do wheels change your sound? Maybe, but not enough to wreck your back over. IF that's an issue, turn that cab on it's side while playing.

    The other option is to make a "Dolly" - in other words a trolley with no handle - a skateboard but wider and with swivel wheels.
  6. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    get a couple of electric wheelchairs, and superglue the cab to them. then rewire the controls on the wheelchairs to act as one, and mount the controls on top of the cab. then just attatch a chair to it, and a flat piece of metal to the botttom, near the ground. all ya hafta do is run a chain from one of the wheelchair motors to a sprocket attatched to the flat piece of metal, and POOF! instant lawn tractor that doubles as a speaker! heeey! play the bass while mowin yer lawn! who could ask for more?
  7. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Get a hand truck with pneumatic (inflatable) tires. Solid wheels, especially the small ones found on most cabinets end up shaking the **** out of the cabinet, and as was stated above, they're useless on stairs. I found mine a Sears for about $20.
  8. I built a dolly cart for my amp (i know its not the same size/weight but it can still aply to you) consisting of a box frame of 2x4's a little bigger than the outer bottom dimensions of the bottom of your cab, and then attached a 3/4" piece of plywood to the bottom of that and then painted it black to match the cab. Then I went to the hardware store and bought 4 2" swivel casters that just screw to the bottom of the plywood base of the cart and a couple eye hooks and a 48" black bungee cord with hooks at the end. I placed a caster at each corner of the cart and then put the eye hooks on the top into the 2x4" box frame and then secured the cab to the cart that way. you can use it to roll around and then when you gig you can easily take it out and there is no mods to your gear at all.

    Anyways, it works for me, I don't know how well it works for others.

    Here is a pic. to illustrate my idea.
  9. Jodaka


    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    i went down to the local hardware store (lowe's, home depot, etc) and bought a furniture mover. they go for about $25, and much faster than building your own...


    edit: for size reference, it is very much like nickb's in the previous post...
  10. Just screw 2 skateboard trucks on the side - real skateboard trucks and bearings are industrial quality
  11. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    I just picked up a mover's dolly at Home Depot for around $30.

    I was going to just build a new dolly, but when I added up the cost of the hardware and such, it would have been as much as buying the mover's dolly. And I didn't have to do the work.

    It does the job well.
  12. DCman


    Apr 7, 2002
    if you do screw wheels onto the bottom of the cab, make sure they can handle the weight. My Ashdown 4x10 probably weighs less than the Peavey 4x10, and its flight cased aswell, but the wheels on the bottom of the tray of the case are kinda square now because they couldnt support the weight of it and just flattened and ground down as it got moved around... defeats the object of having them really because I now have to carry it places, as well as the flight case that its in!

    DC :)

    I think thats the longest sentence I've ever written...
  13. hmmmm, could possibly redesign the cab to be a cylinder??funny would that look. except when my ohh so very prized head hit the deck:(
  14. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Whatever you do, DON'T mount casters on the side, they will rattle when you hit low notes.

    I've always mounted pop-out casters on the bottom of my bass cabs, and they work great. If Iwant to stack my cabs, I just pop them out. If I really want floor/cab coupling, I just pop them out.

    I've put them on a Hartke 4x10 and a 2x15 with no problems whatsoever. My Aguilar cabs came with the pop-outs installed by the factory as standard equipment. I'd go no other way.

    You can get the Ernie Ball pop out casters from musiciansfriend.com or samash.com for about $25.

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