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#1 daveyfitz

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:41 PM

I threw this together this afternoon, to shuttle my 12" Dob around the driveway/garage.

It's pretty low profile, with some small casters I had sitting around, so pavement only. I think it could easily be used with some bigger "offroad" casters to get around on dirt/grass.

I drilled holes for the (4) feet to sit in, which helps secure it in position.

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#2 daveyfitz

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

You will notice I made a square groundboard for the base, to keep the original out of the ground moisture, so the dolly is built to that dimension. The ground board has the 3 original feet, + 1 adjustable foot.

It's very easy to install, I just use the base handle to lift one side of the base a couple of inches, slide the board onto the feet, and set it down.
Same process other side, and the scope is mobile.

I've rolled it around, over some cement cracks, etc. and it's actually very stable.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:27 PM

Reminds me of a pair of depressed-center railroad flatcars! Very good idea and execution.:goodjob:

You could also attach small skis, or perhaps youth-size snowboards, to the bottom of each unit as needed for use where even large wheels would prove problematic (snow, tall grass, etc.).

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:50 PM

My dad worked for the Railroad all the time I was growing up so I was steeped in railroad terminology. The word for depressed-center flatcar was wellcar. Just another useless fact!
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

Well, I picked up a set of 6" casters on ebay for $20, and got my buggy "off road ready".

It handles very well now, going from the driveway to the grass, and across the lawn. I think it will handle rough enough terrain for my purposes.

(although, I was sorely tempted by the $50 set of 8" casters, next post)

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

As you can see, I added a cross brace and handle, to make it easier to steer. It detaches with 2 wing nuts, so the whole contraption is easy to break down and carry.

Oh, here are the 8" wheels, which I decided were overkill, just too big and heavy.

But would it not be the awesomest buggy with those bad boys?

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

Bigger wheels are better on the bumps. Really big wheels will get you across the lawn.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:36 PM

and a motor...well lets just say I like to fantasize.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

Two 12 to 16 inch bicycle wheels work best and are free, Gene






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