Replacing old casters with new Premium ones.

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3 years 9 months ago #11446 by Monty
Monty created the topic: Replacing old casters with new Premium ones.
Has anyone come-up with an alternative to replace Casters rather than having to turn the whole machine upside down. I wish I had the brawn and help to accomplish that task? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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3 years 8 months ago #11448 by RSetina
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I replaced them and just used blocks to raise the legs up off the ground enough to drill the holes after removing the original ones. It was a bit tough at my age to get down on the floor but it worked.

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3 years 8 months ago #11449 by AZ IRONWOOD
AZ IRONWOOD replied the topic: Replacing old casters with new Premium ones.
I don't know your shop layout. Assuming it may have an exposed ceiling joist/beam, there are several methods, which come to mind. If you have an engine hoist, problem solved. But, if not, get a couple of ratcheting tie-down straps [wider is better]. Use a safety back-up. Run the straps over an exposed joist/beam. (You may need to fashion/attach a sturdy bracket of some sort.) At one end of the machine, loop the strap around one WayTube, then around the adjacent WayTube {helps keep the machine stable, while an end is elevated}. Operate the ratchet until the caster assembly is off the floor. Replace the caster assembly; lower the completed end down; then repeat the process on the opposite end. This is only one simple method, but you may need to adapt alternate schemes to enable lifting, such as a hydraulic jack and some cribbing. {Consider safety, in whatever method utilized.} If you just happen to acquire what is known, in patient care, as a ‘Hoyer Lift’ (I bought an almost new unit at a thrift store for less than $50.00; a new cost is about $1200.00; I've seen still usable units at estate/yard sales for $15. > $20,) The Hoyer units’ leg-spread is perfect, as you can wheel it towards either end of the machine, and park it there when not in use. It doesn't interfere with most machine configurations. They come with either a manual worm-screw/hydraulic/electric controlled lift-arm. AZI

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3 years 7 months ago #11450 by dustywoodworker
dustywoodworker replied the topic: Replacing old casters with new Premium ones.
Don't make this seem harder than it is. I did all of the measuring, marking and drilling with the unit setting on all fours. I put the new wheels in the Caster Assembly and remounted it, still sitting on the floor of the shop resting an all fours.

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3 years 6 months ago #11457 by davidh
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I just replaced the caster on my model V. I unscrewed the old frame and attached the new frame. I started 1 fastener on one side, then attached the 2 on the other side,and finally attached the 2nd fastner.

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2 weeks 6 days ago #11678 by Daniel
Daniel replied the topic: Replacing old casters with new Premium ones.
I got a tip on another forum. Use a 2x4 beam to lifting one side of the machine, place a small 2x4 block under each leg. The distance between the floor and he caster assembly is high enough to remove the assembly after removing the screws and bolts. After replacing true wheels and drilling the new holes reverse the procedure to reinstall the castor assembly

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