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Username Post: Harbor Freight Vehicle Dolly?        (Topic#347236)
popper 
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09-20-17 10:30 AM - Post#2708236    

Anyone have any expierience with these?

https://www.harborfreight.com/1250-lb-Capacity-Veh...

popper
John Lynch








"LIFE IS HARD, IT'S HARDER WHEN YOUR STUPID" John Wayne


 




someotherguy 
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09-20-17 10:37 AM - Post#2708237    
    In response to popper

The idea behind them works very well. They're a really low quality knock-off of the Zendex Tools Go-Jak. I use Go-Jaks on a regular basis and they are very effective for moving vehicles around, providing they have all 4 tires and the tires aren't flat.

You'll spend a lot more on Go-Jaks but they're far more durable and you can get them in a variety of load capacities.



https://www.zendextool.com/gojak-2/

They take a serious beating living on my wrecker and moving cars around on less-than-smooth parking lots. Other wrecker drivers that have tried the knock-offs have found that they fail pretty easily. If you're going to use them in your shop and have nice smooth floors then the knock-offs might be "OK" but I personally hate cheap tools and will spend the money for quality.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
56chevytimes2 
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09-20-17 02:54 PM - Post#2708272    
    In response to someotherguy

i have a set and the work pretty good, had mine about 4 years and no problems

Kurt

56 4dr 210 wagon Grocery getter
56 4dr 210 sedan Betsy's Page
The Rest of the Garage


 
popper 
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09-20-17 08:54 PM - Post#2708320    
    In response to 56chevytimes2

Thanks for the info Kurt.

Richard: I realize the "real thing" would be a much better product but just can't justify the cost as I can buy 4 HF ones for the cost of one of the other. If it was a heavily used item I could see spending the extra monies but usage of this item for me doesn't warrant it.

popper
John Lynch








"LIFE IS HARD, IT'S HARDER WHEN YOUR STUPID" John Wayne


Edited by popper on 09-20-17 08:55 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
56chevytimes2 
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09-21-17 01:26 PM - Post#2708404    
    In response to popper

i have been using mine in the garage mostly and a smooth driveway

Kurt

56 4dr 210 wagon Grocery getter
56 4dr 210 sedan Betsy's Page
The Rest of the Garage


 
toro455 
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09-29-17 07:44 PM - Post#2709254    
    In response to popper

I have the HF prior version which at least looked like they were built better. The old version also has holes in the cast iron caster wheels which are very helpful in aligning the caster wheels so that the vehicle moves easily in the direction you want it to. You can use a long 3/8" extension through one of the holes and easily rotate the wheel to roll in the direction you want to go.

Mine were generally working fine until I had the edge of a caster wheel catch on something which caused the wheel to tip and ruined the top of the caster where the caster bearings are housed.

The thing I see with the Go-Jak is that they sell all of the individual parts. I cannot find any drop in solution for the HF casters. I found something I think may work but I haven't tried it yet. I do see though that 4 replacement Go-Jak wheels would be more than I paid for the entire single dolly.



 
someotherguy 
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10-01-17 01:34 PM - Post#2709388    
    In response to toro455

Price on Go-jak parts can be expensive but varies quite a bit depending on source. Don't know how the pieces on the other ones stand up but I can say for the Go-Jaks I am amazed the plastic wheels stand up to the amount of abuse I put them through. Sure, they do fail from time to time, but I am using them far outside of the expected performance envelope..

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
toro455 
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10-01-17 07:34 PM - Post#2709430    
    In response to someotherguy

At the time I bought the HF the wheels were cast iron. Here's a photo of the one which has the damaged caster cup. It also shows the holes I was referring to. I think the holes are a good idea as I mentioned.

Attachment: IMG_20170824_220407.jpg (2.67 MB) 52 View(s)


HF 3.5" Cast Iron Caster wheel




 
grumpyvette 
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01-18-18 07:12 AM - Post#2721366    
    In response to toro455

http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?thr...

IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!


 
toro455 
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02-18-18 08:04 AM - Post#2724744    
    In response to grumpyvette

Grumpy,
I eventually found a site called caster connection. They have a lot in their online catalog but they do have access to even more. They are very helpful.
https://casterconnection.com/

They could not find the exact casters from the HF wheel dolly available but they found a few options and I think at least one if not all would work. One approach was to find just forks because the wheel was fine. The fork they have I think would work but it's designed for a different diameter axle. I did find however that the sleeve of the HF one measured for all intents and purposes exactly the same size as the shoulder of a common size metric bolt I could get at ACE.

Caster connection also has a solid caster which seems to be up to the task but 4" so slightly taller. The ones you show in your link were 6". The problem with the larger diameter is it places the rolls, which engage the tires, higher which means first it still needs to clear the car and second the rollers the tires sit on will need to start farther apart when they first engage the tire because the dolly will be further off the ground. Maybe that would never be an issue but, while my vehicles are very close to stock height, I was a little concerned about using a taller wheel.

The original casters have integrated threaded bolts. There seem to be several choices: flat pad type mounting (the HF dolly doesn't lend itself well to that design); threaded bolt type, and kingpin style which has a through hole so you could use a separate bolt if one of the threaded ones was not ideal for some reason.

I haven't acted on an option yet. I should have. I would have simply purchased the 4" diameter solid wheel but I really liked the spoke holes through the cast iron for steering. The fork only option sounds good but as well as the axle being set-up for a different diameter I wasn't 100% certain the fork width/spacing was correct. It sounds like they are sized for certain wheel widths but there is some allowance for slightly wider. The HF cast iron seemed to be on the fringe as I recall.

Here are the numbers and descriptions of the ones I described which I think are closest. The price for the fork only was just over $5 and the most expensive caster was under $7 (per piece):

Part# 79ZZ40JZ8368YZ
4” x 2” swivel fork with 1/2”-13 x 1-1/2” threaded stem
*Caster has 1/2” axle bolt hole size

Part# 79ZZ40JZ83YYZZ
4” x 2” swivel fork with 1/2” hollow kingpin mounting hole

Part# 4-36-513-THREADED-STEM-1/ 2
4” x 1-1/4” black polyolefin swivel caster with ½” x 1” or 1-1/2” or 2-3/4” long threaded stem.

Scott



 




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