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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
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    Long Island, NY
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    Modded Hand Truck

    Just a quick project I did and wanted to share. I had a regular hand truck from Home Depot with pneumatic tires on one end and hard plastic casters on the other. It worked okay, but it was very aggravating on cobblestones and other irregular surfaces due to the plastic casters. I saw the fancy RocknRoller cart with pneumatic tires on both ends, but I didn't need that much convertibility. I usually just use my hand truck "flat" and push it. So, after a trip to Harbor Freight one day (LOVE that store), I had an idea.

    Original hand truck (from Home Depot):
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    New 8" casters from Harbor Freight:
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    I welded on two pieces of 2" wide 3/16" flat bar to attach the new casters:
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    Drilled a few holes and attached casters:
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    Done! It gets it's first test run tonight.
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    Already working on plans to improve the design. I'd rather have the casters closer to under the handle, but I want to maintain the ability to convert it upright.

    Hand truck: ~$70.00 (bought it years ago). Casters: $12.99 each. Flat bar: ~$12.00. Nuts & bolts: ~$5.00
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
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    Columbus, Ohio, United States
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    Nice project, man!

    I too use a Home Depot hand truck, but I bought the one that is 3-1, a general dolly, a 4 wheel hand cart or my absolute favorite the wheels kick out and lock the dolly in a 45 degree angle. It's perfect for rolling around the photo booth because I the cart bears all the weight. Best $150 I've ever spent.

    And like you I wish I had pneumatic tires. I don't know how to weld, though. Good job!

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  3. #3
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    New on MTV this Fall,

    White Boy Bill's "Pimp My Hand Truck!"

    Nice job Bill.
    Last edited by DJSTEVEZ; 05-04-2012 at 12:08 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Poconos, PA
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    Bill, I have the same cart, next time you visit, you can help me pimp my gears ride.
    DJ Stevie Ray
    Stevie Ray Entertainment is the Premier Entertainment company in North East Pennsylvania.

    Blizzard Lighting LLC. Forum Administrator
    Modesty & sincerity maybe the best to measure of a DJ, rather than what price they are charging.
    jc

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Long Island, NY
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    Thanks guys!
    I like the tilt on that truck Waasta. Anything to help save the back is a good thing.

    Stevez, it's on right after "16 and DJing" and just before "The Pauly D Project" (I wish I was making the second one up). lol

    You got it Stevie Ray!! Hoping to make it over that way soon.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
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    Port Moody, BC, Canada
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    Those Milwaukee hand-trucks are super strong, I have one too; nice mod! Just add a 3/8" wood deck (or aluminum) and you're set!
    Regards, Steve
    www.musicmaestrodj.com

  7. #7
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    Nov 2002
    Location
    Leduc (just south of Edmonton) , Alberta, Canada
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    5,166
    good idea. and thanx for sharing.

  8. #8
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    Cocoa Beach, Florida
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    I have the almost exact same truck I've been using for like 8yrs.

    Those tires are dope.
    If you don't think you can or don't want to do something, you are right. If you think you can and want to do something, you are also right.

    www.DJTunesOfFlorida.com
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    Roger

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Long Island, NY
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    Thanks again!! I had the 4x4 Hand Truck's inaugural run last night. Success! Rolled like a dream. No tipping issues either.

    Now I have to figure out how to mount pneumatic tires on my B-52 ACT18's.

    Quote Originally Posted by djtunes View Post
    Those tires are dope.
    Thanks man! Wait until I add spinners, then they'll be funky fresh!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Millersville, MD
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    I bought two RR-10's nearly 20 yrs ago and they're still going strong. I did however put inner tubes in the tires after having to refill them with air several times.
    Nick Burke (aka DJ NickyB)
    http://www.NickyB-Entertainment.com
    Gear Board Co-Moderator
    Ex USAF Electronics Tech
    Pro Musician (bass & keyboards) '65-'87 / DJ since '87
    40+ yrs Sr Computer Systems Programmer at NASA/GSFC


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