Mini Dolly to the Rescue

Nearly ever droid builder I know lugs around a large cart just in case their droid fails. This is especially needed for those of us with drive systems that lock when no powered is applied to the motors. Knock on wood, I’ve never needed to use my cart and it’s always stayed in the van.

Well, at WonderCon last week Gerard showed us his latest find – mini 6″ tri-wheel dollies that’s can easily be place under each drive wheel. They’re small and light enough to throw in your backpack or toolbox.

Only downside is the wheels are pretty small so wouldn’t go over any major bumps or door jams easily, and I wouldn’t recommend using them to totally replace your cart, especially if you use it all the time. Never the less, I went straight out and bought a set to have in case of an emergency.

Here’s Gerard in action pushing his droid around on two of these

[Direct link to Youtube video]

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Manufacturer: Sheperd Hardware
Mode Number: 9299
Approx Price: $9

Available at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc. Cheapest online location: Ace Hardware Outlet ($5 ea.)

Posted by Chris on March 16th, 2009 in Feet, General | 5 Comments

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5 Responses

  1. Victor Franco remarks on

    Very interesting!

    -Victor

  2. Chris remarks on

    yeah, that’s what i thought when i first saw them.

    i have a feeling these will be all the rage with the gang soon.

  3. Dan remarks on

    I have been using the same thing at home to push R2 from room to room. Harbor Freight had them on sale at one point. I have been thinking about hacking them apart and putting bigger casters on… I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

    – Dan

  4. DroidBoy259 remarks on

    I am new and am looking for information on how to build the R-6. Can you please guide me as to where I can find this information and parts lists?

    Thanks a lot!
    Have a nice day.
    Joe
    DroidBoy259

  5. Chris remarks on

    Start here astromech.net

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