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    Retractable castors

    Hi All
    Been a while since I last posted. Busy on a couple of construction jobs over the year so little workshop time. But at last I have got one project finished and decided to fit some retractable castors. Nothing new I know. I was surprised at the cost to buy so decided to make some from scrap box section. The final result works a treat but buying against making is questionable. There was unite a bit of cutting and machining and the cost in items I bought was 6.50 Wheels E-bay 4.50 and cheap spray paint 2.00 so 10% of cost of buying complete set. The material I used is more substantial than the commercially available. But time to manufacture was longer than anticipated so 68 to buy is probably a cheap price but I guess I still have 61.50 in my pocket I can spend on something else, and I did enjoy making them.
    Below is a few photos of the castors in place.
    Retractable castors-d91e23f7-4432-41a1-a4f0-72caaed227fe.jpegScrap box cut to very rough shape for foot lever

    Retractable castors-8d9e1724-40d9-471a-91d4-2547eb964ec1.jpegCastor in closed mobile position

    Retractable castors-3268236f-5a9f-499c-84a8-8c1e38cefb22.jpegCastor in the lifted position.

    many thanks for looking
    The Home Engineer
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    Great set of ankle knockers you've got there.

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    Hi Rayh
    Thank you for the positive comment. I forgot why I stopped posting on here and now I remember!
    Don’t worry you won’t be catching your ankles on these as it appears you don’t make anything looking at your posts on this forum.
    The Home Engineer

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    Thanks thehomeengineer! We've added your Retractable Casters to our Storage and Organization category,
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    Trip hazards as are a legitimate safety concern and should not be ignored, especially by persons with very thin skin.

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    You make me laugh. I have been an engineer for 37 years and have never seen anyone with any common sense (or with no sense at all and there are a few) walk that close to a piece of machinery and trip up. However moving heavy pieces of kit can be very dangerous if the correct lifting or moving equipment is not installed or used. Thank goodness I don’t have really stupid people visit my workshop, if they did I guess this could be a real issue My safety footwear protect my feet (and ankles) safety glasses protect my eyes, overalls my clothes and the castors save my back. Also on a daily basis common sense in the workshop saves my life. For my thin skin there is always the first aid kit for a plaster.

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    The future for up and coming young engineers. This could be his first day in a modern apprenticeship
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    I'll leave value of the safety issue up to subsequent readers.

    As for the thehomeengineer's PPE, I recommend the addition of an American type football helmet.

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    thehomeengineer, that's a really simple and sturdy design. As far as Rayh__, he must be one of those beach bums wearing Flip Flops or he'd appreciate your casters more.

    Keep up your projects and don't pay attention to all the negative/pessimistic others.

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    Actually after looking at it and to appease Rayh__, I would place them on the opposite side of the legs (Inboard) so they'd be flush with the sides.

    Just a thought...

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