wheels on speakers ?

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MoonDJ

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Hello Everyone!

The rubber feet on my speakers are starting to come off. Instead of replacing with regular feet, I'm thinking about replacing the feet with wheels instead.

Has anybody done this? Does the idea have problems I'm not thinking of?

Thoughts?
Kevin
 
Our subs are all on 2 1/2" casters! Works great....just have to replace them every 3 or 4 years! Been using the same subs since 1993!
 

MoonDJ

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Hello Everyone!

Sorry, I should have mentioned that this is for main speakers, usually elevated on poles during performance.

Thoughts?
Kevin
 

polarsounds

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I wouldn't do it to replace the feet. I've had speakers move just from vibration - I can't imagine what they'd do if put on wheels.

My subs have casters on them, but they are located on the back of the cabinet.
 

bjojade

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If you use them on sticks, they would be fine with wheels. However, you will need to get some that are quite solid and won't vibrate. The cheaper ones tend to have loose tolerances, which when hanging in the air can cause some wicked vibration noise.

Bigger is better. Don't get ones that are too small, or you won't be able to get over door jams and such.
 

len

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Figure the best way to stack them, then make a dolly plate with that footprint. You'll have wheels that won't rattle while the boxes are in use. Make sure you use 4" or bigger casters to deal with thresholds, and consider a strap as well.
 

DJ Wes

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They make caster wheels that are removable. Snap in, snap out. You might want to consider those. I think the wheels would look bad hanging underneath while up on stands.
 

BillESC

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I'm with Len on this one. You see castered dollys on tour all the time.

You'll want the blue neoprene wheels... about $ 28.00 a pop. They will last forever, some of our cable cases still roll on 30 year old wheels.
 

MattBecker

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I'm probably alone, but I don't like casters. I can move much faster and over a lot more obstacles with a dolly.

OTOH: you don't need to carry a tire pump for casters. So let me rephrase... I can move much faster when I don't have a flat. :D
 

Dave Miller

Reverend Dave
I did that about 18 years ago. Big mistake. The speakers would be rolling around the van! And what was the point? I had a hand truck anyway, so why put wheels on?

If your feet are wearing out, I'd say either replace them, or just get rid of them!
 

Bob Dietrich

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dkron said:
$28 a piece? Your kidding on the price right?
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=9918
I've been using these for 3 years work like a charm.
Let us know how well they're working after 10 years...I tried them and they were toast in less than a year, but they also got a good workout, yet always well within their rated load capacity. I've found some of their tools works fairly well for the non professional mechanic, some do not work very well...these casters do NOT work well...or didn't in my situation. Clearly a case of you get what you pay for. I too have some 20 year old pieces that still works very well today...I tried to skimp and got burned...a lesson I didn't need as I already knew...or should've known if it's too good to be true...well, you know the rest...
 

Bob Dietrich

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MattBecker said:
I'm probably alone, but I don't like casters. I can move much faster and over a lot more obstacles with a dolly.

OTOH: you don't need to carry a tire pump for casters. So let me rephrase... I can move much faster when I don't have a flat. :D
You should always have tubes installed in your dolly tires so if the tire does get a little low, you don't have to worry about breaking the bead loose. I don't need to, but I always carry a portable air compressor with me...comes in very handy for far more than airing up dolly tires. I always carry a can of Fix-A-Flat also. Have gotten many people home after a long day & night...makes good points with venue managers when they find they have a tire problem. :wink:

The point? Being prepared for worst case scenarios...
 

Bob Dietrich

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