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Can anyone recommend a decent platform with castors for my ballast box? Mine is around 670 lbs. I bought one of those cheapie dollies from Harbor Freight and while it seems to support the weight the casters don't want to swivel or turn under the weight of the ballast box.

I'm not opposed to building my own platform but I'm not sure what type of castors to use. I checked a few places on line and the choice of styles and tire designs is somewhat overwhelming.

I appreciate any suggestions that might save me from reinventing the wheel.
 

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I purchased a 1,200 pound roller dolly for mine and it has been great. The dolly is plastic with metal backing. I set some 2x6's on it to spread out the weight and it has worked well for four years. Fairly easy to move, or as easy as you can move around 900 pounds.

If you want nice stuff, check out The Auto Dolly: Home Page

I have 12 of these around.
 

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We used the same "heavy duty" Mover's Dolly as Doug on our previous ballast box. It was bought from Menards and the rating is at 1,000 lbs. I believe this particular ballast box weighed in around 610 lbs.
 

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I appreciate the suggestions. The wheels on the BB probably wouldn't work for me because I have a habit of moving forward and forgetting the raise the 3PH. With the smooth bottom the damage to the yard is minimal. :banghead:

I currently have one of the 1000lb moving dollys from HF, which looks like the same one from Mennards. It supports the weight but it's next to impossible to move as the casters are hard to turn or swivel and any movement is accompanied by a lot of groaning and creaking.

I was thinking of simply building my own platform and using heavy duty casters but good casters can run $20-25 each.

I would like a platform that is large enough to minimize the tipping hazard and at the same time roll around easily on the garage floor.

My BB is a tad taller as I have the JD Ballast Box Extension installed that allows me to acheive the 670 lbs with concrete bricks.
 

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I bought one similar to lost in wisconsin's from TSC. It is plastic reinforced with steel for $20 some.
 

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JG,

What surfaces do you want to be able to roll on? By the sounds of it, you have a regular poured concrete floor with the usual bumps, seams, grooves, etc. Yes?

Is your ballast box solid poured concrete or loose filled, down at the bottom of the box?


This doesn't really help, but I thought you guys might enjoy:

 

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JG,

What surfaces do you want to be able to roll on? By the sounds of it, you have a regular poured concrete floor with the usual bumps, seams, grooves, etc. Yes?

Is your ballast box solid poured concrete or loose filled, down at the bottom of the box?
Actually no. I have one of those portable garages that has a fairly smooth wood floor. My BB has an extension and is filled with concrete bricks to the tune of around 690 lbs.
 

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JG,

What surfaces do you want to be able to roll on? By the sounds of it, you have a regular poured concrete floor with the usual bumps, seams, grooves, etc. Yes?

Is your ballast box solid poured concrete or loose filled, down at the bottom of the box?


This doesn't really help, but I thought you guys might enjoy:

Chris after watching the video I looked at this one. LiftKar HD Heavy Duty Stair Climbing Truck - YouTube This is for all of us who have BB and need to store them up or downstairs even though they weigh 700 lbs!

 
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