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Hi! I hope to get your advice on some casters I want to install on some shop cabinets. This would be my first attempt at shop mobility.

I want to put a full set of locking polyurethane swivel casters on a router table build. After looking at the 3" variety at my local Lowe's Waxman 3" & Home Depot Everbilt 3", they appear to be the exact same item, just different names. I don't have a nearby Woodcraft, etc.; Harbor Freight didn't have any dual locking casters.

When I engaged the Waxman/Everbilt caster wheel brake, it has a few pins that lock the swivel position, too. However, there was still a decent bit of play in the swivel, which I was concerned about.

Is this play normal and/or would this only create a negligible problem? I was expecting the swivel to fully lock in place as the wheel does.


Wondering if I'm just being cheap going for the <$10 options. I know there's more expensive ones available, but I'd have to order them sight unseen over the Internet. I'd like to build more rolling cabinets so if this works out for me I'm going to be buying a lot more, hence the desire for lowest price. Want to standardize on technology to be the most efficient.

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Hi! I hope to get your advice on some casters I want to install on some shop cabinets. This would be my first attempt at shop mobility.

I want to put a full set of locking polyurethane swivel casters on a router table build. After looking at the 3" variety at my local Lowe's Waxman 3" & Home Depot Everbilt 3", they appear to be the exact same item, just different names. I don't have a nearby Woodcraft, etc.; Harbor Freight didn't have any dual locking casters.

When I engaged the Waxman/Everbilt caster wheel brake, it has a few pins that lock the swivel position, too. However, there was still a decent bit of play in the swivel, which I was concerned about.

Is this play normal and/or would this only create a negligible problem? I was expecting the swivel to fully lock in place as the wheel does.


Wondering if I'm just being cheap going for the <$10 options. I know there's more expensive ones available, but I'd have to order them sight unseen over the Internet. I'd like to build more rolling cabinets so if this works out for me I'm going to be buying a lot more, hence the desire for lowest price. Want to standardize on technology to be the most efficient.
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This may be a case of "you get what you pay for". I gather, that, what you are saying, is that, when the swivel is locked there is still some play. Correct?

If this is the case then it is the cheaply made, big box, casters. There are several good quality dual locking caster on the market, that have positive lock-up when engaged.

They are not that much more expensive then what you paid for the ones that you now have. The down side is since you are not close to a source and that would entail shipping costs on top of the price. Sometimes you can find free shipping and no sales tax.

The real questions are; can you live with the "slop" or is it totally unacceptable, and have you looked around locally for a source of better quality casters? Don't limit yourself to Big Box and HF.

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I used locking casters from Northern Tools on my router table/workbench, Steve, and they have worked well with no noticeable play in the swivel. The price was right also at just under $7 each. Here's the link: Northern Industrial Tools Light-Duty Swivel Caster with Dual Brake — 3in. Wheel, 130-Lb. Capacity | Up to 299 Lbs.| Northern Tool + Equipment
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I would be OK with the slop in the router table as long as it doesn't affect routing operations. I'm not sure what effect it would have if the four wheels are able to rock a few degrees each.

For my storage cabinets I think I'll be fine with the slight movement, so perhaps it makes sense to use different hardware for them.
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I used locking casters from Northern Tools on my router table/workbench, Steve, and they have worked well with no noticeable play in the swivel. The price was right also at just under $7 each. Here's the link: Northern Industrial Tools Light-Duty Swivel Caster with Dual Brake — 3in. Wheel, 130-Lb. Capacity | Up to 299 Lbs.| Northern Tool + Equipment
I do happen to have a Northern Tool nearby so that will be my next stop into town. Forgot about them!

Do the rubber wheels make much of a difference? I've heard about some wheels getting a flat edge when stationary for long, versus a more stable polyurethane-based wheel.
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FWIW, Another source of play can be between the "tire" and the hub. This past week I built a stand for a table top jointer/planer and put it on locking casters. The lock is ok, but play within the casters makes them unacceptable. It might be less of an issue with a router table. My router table has cheaper casters that are OK and I added a door stop for added stability.
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Don't forget the overall height of the table or cabinet. Three inches could make it to high. You might consider this mobile base from Harbor Freight. I have three of them and like them. HF will ship to your home for $6.99 and they always have coupons to help lower the price.

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So I checked out the Northern Tool locking caster #26995 in store, and the swivel still slightly moves when you lock down the wheel. Maybe less than the other ones, but I really can't be sure without them to compare at the same time. The Northern Tool caster has 3 locking pins, and I remember the Everbilt/Waxey have only 2.

It's comforting to know any play in the casters doesn't apparently affect your operation of the RT, though.


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Definitely hear what you're saying there. The play I'm seeing on these casters is when holding the metal wheel shroud and the installation plate while twisting them. I haven't been holding the wheel itself.
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I've had pretty good luck with Steelex. Amazon has a pretty good selection in the $10-12 range. Just make sure they are listed as "double locking" or similar wording. I also like the plate mounted,, stem mounts seem kinda iffy to me.
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So I checked out the Northern Tool locking caster #26995 in store, and the swivel still slightly moves when you lock down the wheel. Maybe less than the other ones, but I really can't be sure without them to compare at the same time. The Northern Tool caster has 3 locking pins, and I remember the Everbilt/Waxey have only 2.

It's comforting to know any play in the casters doesn't apparently affect your operation of the RT, though.
I wonder if you're noticing the play because there is no weight pressing down on the casters? Just a thought that perhaps the weight of the work table actually helps keep the locked caster from moving. In any case, I haven't noticed any play in my setup.
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