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  • #16
    Light cangle and cheap skate board wheels in bucket quantity. Also caster wheels. These are cool but thick. Steel against steel works well provided you keep it lubricated. Here at last is a valid use for that hard angle you salvage from old bed frames. The hard agaist soft lasts for generations.
    Last edited by Forrest Addy; 01-05-2007, 11:22 PM.

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    • #17
      Evan:

      Agreed, not trying to play the international "better than" game. I have "no problems" with buying anything "Made in Canada, (even Quebec)" that is imported to the USA.

      But, in my small mind it doesn't "make sense" to manufacture something "here" and then ship it "there" only to ship it back "here".

      Also, if I understand correctly, Lee Valley has a warehouse in Upstate New York to "avoid" that shipping situation. So for the company mentioned, it may be a moot point.

      Not trying to sound like a "sales man", because I have spoken, in person, with an employee from that company on Veterans Day (11/11/06), but that as they say, is a different story...
      Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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      • #18
        What on earth do you need 400 lb slides for. I bought about ten pair of 125 or 150 lb slides for about $10 or $12 each and attached them to some metal drawers from Grainger. Put three of them on my lathe bench and I have two six inch chucks in one of them. Absolutely no problems. I can't see how I coud get more steel in that drawer without making a fitted casting or pouring in buckets of ball bearings. I painted the drawers with a black hammertone for a nice appearance.

        Oh, and I sold the extra drawers and slides on E-Bay and recovered almost all my expenses in the project. And the buyer was delighted. I threw in some fitted liners I had cut for the drawer bottoms. Hardest part of the entire project was packaging the extras for shipment so they would arrive without damage.
        Paul A.
        SE Texas

        Make it fit.
        You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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        • #19
          Electronic rack slides are often available surplus from various sources, and if older may be for many hundreds of lb of tube-type equipment.

          I have a set of them that my hifi stuff is on. These are 3" steel milled out and finished slides, with full extension and ball/roller bearings. If the set wouldn't hold 400 lb, I'd be really surprised.

          Now, buying them off the shelf as surplus is obviously a problem, surplus by definition not being "kept in stock" anywhere. But, if you keep your eyes open they may show up.
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          • #20
            Surplus Center have ball bearing slides, cheap enough:

            http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.as...c&keyword=XD11

            Ian
            All of the gear, no idea...

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            • #21
              Thanks for all the great ideas! You've also reminded me of several resources I have that I don't normally consider for mechanical stuff.

              For cheap, good and flexible design, I think plastic on steel makes sense. For ultimate smooth ride and dirt cheap thanks to the inline skates, the shielded bearings for those make sense. The rack slide may be the winner in my case because I have a sorta local source for racks that I hadn't even considered.

              Lee Valley has been a convenient reference a number of times (never bought anything), but I didn't realize they were Canadian. No problem here except for the same problem as west coast suppliers ... shipping costs.

              Den

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              • #22
                I ordered a few slides from Surplus Center a while back, to see if they'd work for a tool cabinet. The slides are nice, buy they're designed for use with metal drawers and metal cabinets that have slots and tabs to mount them on. I think they're still useable, but for the work involved, I decided it was easier to purchase some from Lee Valley.
                So, before you place an order for a bunch, I'd order one or two to see if they'll work for you.

                Scott

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                • #23
                  I ordered 4 of the Surplus Center slides, and yes, they have raised tabs on the back. I took these off with a cutoff disk in a couple of minutes, and drilled holes for mounting screws. Probably spent about 20 minutes on the 4.

                  Ian
                  All of the gear, no idea...

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                  • #24
                    Another idea I have seen on heavy electronic equipment was to double up on the lower capacity slides. Using two sets of 150 pound slides carefully aligned should give a 300 pound capacity.
                    Paul A.
                    SE Texas

                    Make it fit.
                    You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                    • #25
                      I made a slide for a drawer in a parts washing machine that you could move 200+ pounds with a single finger.

                      it was nothing more than cutting some small slots in the bottom of the drawer and welding some peices of flat bar with cross holes in it and bolting some small bearings on them so that the bearings worked as rollers on an angle iron slide frame.

                      I wanted to make it easy to manage because a sweet old woman ran the parts washer and she would have to wrestle that drawer 20 times a day.

                      It might have cost $20 to make.

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                      • #26
                        As was said before on this thread, the answer is in file cabinet drawer slides. These are produced in massive quantities. They are built to hold a solid drawer of paper weighing well over 150lbs. They are cheap and easily salvaged. These will give all your tool drawers the same feel of a professional tool box.

                        I planned my last drawer project so that each drawer was designed to have two of these file cabinet slides on each side of the drawers. These drawers are about 43"x 21" x 6".
                        I only got around to installing one drawer slide per side of each drawer, instead of two. I have Jeep transfer cases and lots of other heavy items in the 12 drawers that I built. They all work great and the drawer slides are very easy to come by.

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                        • #27
                          Garage Door track?

                          I have an idea for easy access truck bed slide, and thought of garage door track and good wheels.

                          Jim

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Jimno2506
                            I have an idea for easy access truck bed slide, and thought of garage door track and good wheels.

                            Jim
                            Great idea! Just make sure the tailgate lock catch is working fine That would be great idea for flea-marketeers for quick setup.
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                            • #29
                              But, in my small mind it doesn't "make sense" to manufacture something "here" and then ship it "there" only to ship it back "here".
                              It's no different than shipping from a California port to the East coast distributor and then back to the midwest. In many cases the north/south shipping is much cheaper than the east/west. Distances are shorter. Most of the products are duty free and cross the border as easily as going east/west. Products destined for Canada frequently come in through US ports and vice versa. They are then distributed throughout North America.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by tattoomike68
                                I made a slide for a drawer in a parts washing machine that you could move 200+ pounds with a single finger.

                                it was nothing more than cutting some small slots in the bottom of the drawer and welding some peices of flat bar with cross holes in it and bolting some small bearings on them so that the bearings worked as rollers on an angle iron slide frame.

                                I wanted to make it easy to manage because a sweet old woman ran the parts washer and she would have to wrestle that drawer 20 times a day.

                                It might have cost $20 to make.
                                How big of a deal would it be to get a snapshot of your setup? It sounds great but can't picture it completely.
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