Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by dropshotlob, May 9, 2012.
can anyone recommend caster wheels that would fit my eagnas plus 6500? thanks
Instead of casters I bought a set of furniture movers and just slipped the cloth part of each one over the feet of the stringer. I have hardwood floors and can move it around easily from room to room. I'm sure casters work good too but I was concerned with the machine moving around while stringing. (Plus the furniture movers were cheaper.)
If you look online, you will find a multitude of places that sell casters for much less than what Eagnas wants for them; $40/set plus shipping which is crazy. There is a place in Michigan I bought mine from; Livonia, I think.
For my Eagnas Plus 6500 I bought casters from McMaster-Carr.
The exact ones I purchased are 4 Twin-Wheel Caster with Hood, & Brake, 2" Nylon Wheels, 5/16"-18" Threaded Stem. Fits like a charm.
Cost me about 13 bucks with shipping.
Just call Eagnas customer service and I'm sure they will spend whatever time it takes to help you out .... or maybe not
sorry I know this doesn't help you but I couldn't resist
I think I bought mine for the Gamma X-ST from here. It was about $20 with shipping if I remember correctly.
thank so much for all the responses. exactly what i needed, feedback from owners. wanted to find something that would fit. i appreciate the help!
do you remember how long the stem was on the casters?
Take a measurement off the existing footings on the Eagnas. They screw out. If you want a perfect fit, you can send one to the caster company and they will send you the proper size casters. Great Lakes customer service suggested I do that after I ordered the wrong size (the diameter of the stem was a little too small. I used something as a filler and made it work. )
Much easier to have the machine of wheels (get that ones that lock) than having to drag the damn thing around when I wanted to move it. On upright stringers, locking wheels should be standard equipment IMHO.
I wish I had bought the locking caster wheels. It is fine on carpet but on tile/wood flooring it is a pain.
^They are cheap. Replace them. The locks are great.
This is what I purchased from Great Lakes four years ago.
Unit Price: $1.10
They are black nylon or ABS. Hooded and have locks.
The stems proved to be a little too narrow (1/2" diameter). Apparently, I should have ordered the next size up in diameter (5/16"), 1/2" length.
I may do that. I also ordered the wrong size initially, kinda funny.
I measured mine, kept coming up with 1/4 diameter, ordered same, too small.
5/16" should be right, I guess.
I actually order the caster wheel from Eagnas back in last December and they still don't have them in stock yet. I am going to ask them to cancel my order and get it from suggestion here.
that's the one - I was shocked how cheap they were!!
Just remembered I forgot to reply to your e-mail. Thanks for the info. Right now I string on carpet so no big deal on the non locking wheels.
I got some nice urethane rollerblade wheel type casters at Harbor Freight and although they DO NOT have brakes on them I rarely have much problem with that. If the machine wants to move abit (and it does at times) I just step on one leg with my toe. I'd prefer brakes, but no big deal.
What's the exact product #? I took one of the base off and went to OSH. They measured it and it's a M8-1.25(metric). OSH doesn't have any metric caster wheel. So I call Great Lake and they also said they don't carry metric caster wheels.
Sorry I can't remember. I went to the biggest hardware store saw the 5/16 product. Pretty generic style castor wheel with a brake.
My base had some little pads which I unscrewed and took one in to compare.
It ended up being pretty easy to pick out.
Mel, is this the one?
Add the az onto the $'s ok
I'd be surprised if that's not the same one I have, can some others confirm.
Well, they are pretty cheap($6.44). I just order this and will let you know if they fit when they arrive.
I just ran my eye over that one, looks good to me.
Yes, I believe that is the right one. Mine have the nylon hood as opposed to the zinc one, but other than that, same thing. Let us know how it works out.
If you want to get it right the first time, I would send one of the footings to Great Lakes and let them tell you the proper size. Email them, they are pretty helpful.
I'm guessing 5/16" diameter, 1/2" stem length. I bought 1/4" diameter and they were small on my Eagnas upright crank machine. They also have different thread sizes to complicate it even more. I think 18 is the right thread. I would recommend the hooded nylon wheels with the locks.
I know the size. It's M8-1.25 with 3/4"( or 2cm) stem length. I asked Great Lake if they have that and the person on phone said they don't carry metric caster wheel.
5/16" = 8mm (7.94 mm) There are about a million places that sell casters. Good luck.
I am more uncertain about the 1.25mm pitch instead of the diameter. It's not disclose here but since it's only $6.44, I am willing to take a chance and will report back once I receive them. Thanks for all the info.
Caster wheels are here. The diameter is correct. However, the pitch of the screw is not which I already suspected that. I use a ranch to brute force the bolt to screw into stand. I think they will stay fine for $13.
By pitch, you mean the thread size?
the gaps between threads.
That would be the thread size.
thanks for everyone's help. ordered from great lakes, 5/16 3/4 in stem, double nylonwheels with locks. they fit perfectly. so happy now that my machine is "mobile"
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