Pictures of various caster dollies

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Letter C with wheels
casters

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Casters with cable for Garden TowerClose up of caster dolly by someone on Garden Training Project

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Under side of dollyTop side of dolly

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Garden Tower without feet on dollyGarden Tower without feet on dolly-001

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Garden Tower with plywood and caster dollyGarden Tower Caster Dolly by Patrice Niermann

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Duane Benson photo of GT2 dollyCaster dolly by Brian DonaldsonFurniture dolly available from Lowe’s. (Below) Frankly, I question if it will support the Garden Tower. The ad says 1000 pounds load capacity. My casters are much heavier. Hopefully, the user(s) will report any problems so we can advise potential buyers. (This comment added because a Garden Training Project subscriber indicated this item their purchase.)Furniture dolly from Lowe's

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Heavy duty dollyHere’s a heavy-duty dolly” but too small (imho). For less than $82.00, you  can buy heavy-duty casters and attach them to an appropriate size homemade plywood platform.

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Caster dolly for 85 gallon barrelLori Robin Wilson writes, on Garden Training Project, she is happy with 85 gallon drum dolly from McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply.

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Bottom line: IMHO, a sturdy dolly with heavy-duty casters is extremely important. Dolly wider than broadest point of Garden Tower; casters four inches or more. Read these instructions repeated in part below.

The platform needs to be a minimum 29”, inside diameter for (round) drum dollies.

The larger the wheel, the easier to negotiate uneven surfaces. Polyolefin wheels will resist getting flat spots, and/or marring surfaces.

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Shamrock Wong photo on Garden Training Project April 24On April 24, 2016, there was an exchange of information (on Garden Training Project) regarding this Tower.

Brian Donaldson I’d be real worried about the no feet thing, especially as you’ve raised it off the ground, the center of gravity will be higher, and WAY easy to tip over – especially if you also have wheels on it.

For the record: Blogger, Lorraine Edwards, cropped the original photo and added the words “not recommended.”

Thomas Tlusty Good point Brian. We never suggest removing the feet (or not installing them) for just that reason. The feet add a lot to the stability factor.

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Photo by and from Charmaine ShenBrian Donaldson (on Garden Training Project Facebook Forum, July 1, 2016) I’m sorry to be a negative Nelly – at times it is best to be honest, so I will give my honest take on it.
The problems I see with this are:
The wheels make a shorter wheelbase than the legs of the GT – this can mean that the centre of gravity is quite high – resulting in it being easy to tip over. This is more of an issue the higher you build the GT up off the ground – you’ve got the wheels, then the dolly, then the table.

The plastic table may well not be UV stable – meaning leaving it in the sun it will perish, and one day a leg will go thru the table, making the GT tip over, possibly on the person pushing it.

The plastic table is not going to be load rated to hold the GT. Again, leg cracks the table, goes thru and unit tips over, possibly on someone/a child.

The wheels on the cheap dollies are doubtful – they are meant to be loaded with something, traversed for a short trip, then unloaded – they are not designed to be holding a load for ever.

Would advise also, wheels should be locking, at least 2 of them anyway, to stop it running away when it shouldn’t.

Again – sorry, but I don’t believe in letting something pass that may hurt someone.

Thomas Tlusty (comment) Again Brian… spot on!

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