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#1 WineMan2008

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

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Does anyone have any suggestions for the proper construction for a Dolly to keep my vats movable as well as off the concrete garage floor. Last year we had them on pallets, which worked great, but I need flexibility. This way I can Crush and Destem outside, and make the mess outside as well, and then roll the vats into the garage. I wish they made plastic dollies like they do for the Brutes. I use primarily 375 L vats or as I call them 18 case vats,

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Harbor Freight frequently has moving dollies for sale for around $8. You can't even buy casters for that price. Take off the carpeted cross pieces and put a piece of plywood on it and you'll be moving stuff around easily.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

Hammered is right. I've bought the same hardwood dollies at hardware stores for about $15, not on sale. The wheels alone would be more. If it's not big enough you can replace the wood with longer pieces.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

Harbor Freight frequently has moving dollies for sale for around $8. You can't even buy casters for that price. Take off the carpeted cross pieces and put a piece of plywood on it and you'll be moving stuff around easily.


Good suggestion. If you need beefier casters than those on the moving dollies, HF also sells heavy locking casters on sale at good prices fairly often. I have two dollies for my 35 and 65 gallon tanks with the casters simply bolted through 3/4 inch plywood sheets sized for the tanks. The spacing between the casters also allows me to pick up and move the dolly and tank with a forklift, forks on the tractor, or a pallat jack.

Depending on the size of your vats, you might want to couple an angle iron frame with a plywood platform.

Right now I'm looking at building a triangular dollie for a 3-legged bladder press. I'll probably make it with 3 or 4 inch angle iron and weld locking casters to the bottom.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:58 PM

375 liters is big and you really want better casters than those 2 or 2.5 inch casters on the Harbor Freight dollies. I have looked at them and they are small. All of my barrels are on single furniture dollies and I built plywood dollies with two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood glued and screwed together for my Flextanks and they have 4 inch wheels on them. Make sure the swivel bearings are good. I found high quality casters at the local surplus electronics store for about $5 each. you are talking about 800+ pounds so don't go small on the casters.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:25 PM

I agree with Doyle on the need for heavier casters. I picked up 4 dollies from a MYO-wine store in NY that was going out of business. A painted plywood circle ~29" in diameter and mounted with 6 heavy duty 4" swivel castors with 250 lb weight capacity (purchased at Home Depot or Lowes) around the circumference. Casters were attached like Hummer did (bolted through the plywood). The dollies work great and can easily handle both the 375L vats & an 80-gal SS tank.

A word of caution is to pay attention to cleaning the dollies & casters after use. The ones I got were down-right filthy from years of nothing more than power-washing. Ended up trashing 2 of them due to the level of filth and am in the process of remaking them using casters designed for the food service industry that can handle the washing.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:03 PM

I agree with Doyle on the need for heavier casters. I picked up 4 dollies from a MYO-wine store in NY that was going out of business. A painted plywood circle ~29" in diameter and mounted with 6 heavy duty 4" swivel castors with 250 lb weight capacity (purchased at Home Depot or Lowes) around the circumference. Casters were attached like Hummer did (bolted through the plywood). The dollies work great and can easily handle both the 375L vats & an 80-gal SS tank.

A word of caution is to pay attention to cleaning the dollies & casters after use. The ones I got were down-right filthy from years of nothing more than power-washing. Ended up trashing 2 of them due to the level of filth and am in the process of remaking them using casters designed for the food service industry that can handle the washing.

All this information has been very helpful indeed. I will get started next week. I thought of doubling up the 3/4 inch plywood. I might go to 1" ply instead.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:09 PM

Depending on space and quantity of wine, you might want to consider a pallet jack then palletizing everything. Its nice to be able to reconfigure your work space as needed. I paid $200 for mine in 2003, money well spent.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:35 PM

Depending on space and quantity of wine, you might want to consider a pallet jack then palletizing everything. Its nice to be able to reconfigure your work space as needed. I paid $200 for mine in 2003, money well spent.

Not enough room to store a pallet jack. I think if I make the dollies 32 in round I will be business.




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