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I'm not sure if this is in the correct forum but what the heck...
I am currently putting locking castors under a couple of pieces of machinery and browsed the shelves at my local large hardware store for somthing I could use. Close but not perfect set for around $38.00 each and of course only three left and I wanted eight.
A quick search of the yellow pages sent me to Fallshaw Wheels and Castors who were happy to talk me through my requirements and quoted for a similar set at $16.32 each. As I tried to give the voice at the other end of the phone my credit card number, he asked where I was calling from and declined the sale, politely asking me to use their local agent (Maroochy Bearings).
1pm yesterday, I dropped in on said company, who were embarrassed that they did not have the exact item in stock, GAVE me a similar wheel to try, ordered the model I asked for anyway, apologised and said they would DELIVER to my workplace first thing this morning.
Now all we need to do is start a WWW catalogue project to put all of the good guys on an index somewhere!
Thanks Fallshaw, and Maroochy Bearings!
I'm off to find more things to put wheels under!
Regarding Normal Swivel Castors I purchased some 50mm ones from Bunnings for about $7.95 each because they wanted about $12.00 each for locking ones.
I ended up at Supercheap Autos where they keep 50mm Locking Swivel Castors for $1.95 each. the only problem is that the never have eneough stock so you have to keep going back to get eneough to complete a project.
They also keep the larger ones at comparable prices.
They are not as good a quality as the Fallshaws but at those prices you can afford to throw them away if the fail but I think they are ok.
The also keep fixed Castors as well as the Swivel Castors.
Supercheap amazes me, I find myself wondering around the place on regular occasions and rarely coming out without something. For example I picked up a 500 watt hammer drill the other day for $16 and an angle grinder for $9.99 and a 4 gang extension block for $2.50.
I canít see how they make a quid at those prices, sure the quality isnít great but as long as it works long enough to do a few jobs it owes you nothing.
Last edited by davo453; 1st Apr 2004 at 01:22 PM.
you can afford to throw them away if the fail
Just to clarify, the castors I bought were for a particular purpose, and weren't bottom of the range by any means, needing to be locked in both directions (swivel and wheel) - hence the Bunnies (there I've said it!) $38.00 each. Supercheap had no equvalent.
When they are supporting more than a thousand dollars worth of machinery with spinning blades, I am wary of whatelse may have to be thrown away, and have to figure my fingers are worth the extra dough!
On the other hand I do have a supply of real cheapies rescued from a pile of broken office chairs for when they are appropriate!
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