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I'm guessing there is an easy answer to my question, but I just don't know the answer. I want a set of wheels for my landscape rake like the picture below, but like a lot of other folks I don't want to pay $2-300 for the wheels. I can make these, I'm confident in that, but what I don't know is how to select the right piece of "pipe" that will allow the shaft on the wheel to fit. For example, if I got 3/4" round bar for the wheels what is the best way to select material for the bushings to adjust the height and the small piece attached to the square tubing? Do I just get 3/4" black pipe and maybe run a drill bit through the pieces after I cut them down? I have the same question honestly about finding square tubing that "nests" together like a trailer hitch/receiver combo. The metal supplier I doesn't show ID dimensions of anything and its not really setup for me to walk around to test fit pieces.

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Trailer jacks are ~$20 each. 10" balloon caster tires from harbor freight I think were under $10 each. Some 2x2 square tube and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1/4" wall square tube. Good to go. Nice thing about the jacks is they are infinitely adjustable in height.
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I like it. (y)
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Me too. I wonder how they hold up bouncing across terrain since they are really not made for it. I know they don’t hold up worth a dang for plowing.:p
At 9 MPH I wouldnt worry about it.
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