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    Casters for Lathe Question

    Ive been looking for some good heavy duty casters for my Jet 1642 lathe but lost the spec sheet for the legs. I think they are 3/8" but having trouble finding a good source. Bought some awhile back off Ebay but the are not that good and difficult to roll.....any thoughts from anyone who has purchased any ???
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    I haven't bought any lately, but do know my engine hoist and A frame hoist have steel caster wheels under them so after a length of time with a load on them they don't develop flat spots (heck the equipment might be heavy enough to create flat spots without a load). Anyway, they are tough to roll on bad concrete, don't even think of rolling over a cord (probably cut it in two). Two swivel and two straight so you can drive it like a wheelbarrow. Does this help?
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    i know this is a stupid question but i do flat work.
    do people put wheels on lathes? i would think you would want it to be screwed to the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug frazier View Post
    i know this is a stupid question but i do flat work.
    do people put wheels on lathes? i would think you would want it to be screwed to the floor.
    I have a lathe cart for my mini with steel casters. I got 2" and now wish I had gone with the 3" ones.
    My big lathes are staying put where they are no wheels for them.
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    yep it helps with the straight and swivel - i need the threaded ones but thanks .........
    The reason my lathe is on wheels is because i dont have alot of room and need to be able to move it around......I can add weight to the stand anytime i need it for stability.
    thanks though
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    I had casters from Harbor freight on my Ridgid lathe, but I did that in Houston because I had to move it in and out of the shop in order to reshuffle equipment in there... I also have 2 inch casters from HF on the Jet1014 stand... it's hard to roll too, but may be because of the box of rocks I have on the bottom... it weights close to 300 lbs with the lathe and rocks on the stand.... my Jet 1442 isn't on casters..
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    I put the foot glides on my 1642 yesterday. They are indeed 3/8".

    You're going to be pushing nearly 500 pounds. Shipping weight (cardboard container) was 476 pounds. I would not use anything less than 4" wheels. The bigger the wheel, the smoother the ride.

    I used to have a really good wheel source in SoCal. I wonder if he is still in business....???

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    Here's what I have under my Powermatic. Rolls easily when on the wheels, and is more stable on the rubber pads than it was on the factory nylon "glides".

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    I have the red 3Ē swivel casters from Woodcraft on my cut off/sheet goods cart, and it is HEAVY. Rolls fine and the wheels havenít flattened out. Itís loaded up a lot more now than in those pictures.
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    I didn't put casters under my big lathe... don't plan to move it from it's present location, but I can slide it around on the floor of my shop if I need to.... may have to bolt it down, but hate to mess up the floor in case I decide I do want to move it.... besides I put a piece of maple on it the other day that was waaaaay out of balance... when I turned the lathe on, it danced about 6 inches before I could reach the switch to shut it off.... so I guess it can move on it's own if it wants to...
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