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  feet & casters & handcarts

  1. feet
  2. weak & lame
  3. real casters
  4. tilt-back casters
  5. handcarts


feet

Unless you use closed cell foam under and between enclosures, make sure you use rubber feet. They provide non-vibrating modular stacking not truly provided by "locking" chevron corners, and provide grip and damping on various surfaces, and protection for finishes. They also provide enclosure leveling when tilt-back casters are used in back.

SpeakerHardware.com - 5/8" high by 1-11/16" diameter foot
or SpeakerHardware.com - 1" high by 1" diameter foot

Another little item that comes in handy is the folding cab leg. On a 12/6 these could concievably be used as handles as well, with handle cutouts relocated to achieve desired angles and balance. Anyway, they give a pretty good angle of tilt!





weak and lame

I almost giggle like a schoolgirl every time I see a rack or cab with teensy brittle wheels and rattle-prone pull-up handles. Sissy wheels such as these are ridiculously ineffective on pavement breaks and curbs - let alone on grass, ice or even peanut shells on a bar-room floor. They break easily and often get small gravel stuck up in the nacelles which impedes rolling. On a small enclosure luggage wheels are superfluous; on a larger one they are accident-prone.

Proper caster wheels should be 2.75" or 3" or larger if you actually want things to roll well and handle weight and stress.




real casters

I'm not much of a fan of plug-in casters either, though a little duct tape around the shaft can keep them from falling out of the sockets so easily. I question whether releaseable-plate casters are worth the extra cost and weight for items under 60 pounds (like fEARful 12/6 or 15/6 cabs) - though this this type does come in handy if you want to remove just the back wheels, which is one way to get tilt-back cab monitoring.

But instead, generally I favor permanently-attached 3" wheel sets if casters are even considered necessary. Casters larger than that weigh a lot more so on an easily-hefted cab that's going to be hauled up and down stairs, I stick with 3" which rolls nicely yet doesn't weight so much. Here is one of several casters that's available at SpeakerHardware.com.




tilt-back casters

Below are what I recommend for the taller fEARful 1212/6 and 1515/66 enclosures, to be used in conjunction with tilt-back handles. Make sure you space the wheels widely at the bottom so that the cab does not want to tip to the side when being rolled.

SpeakerHardware.com - 3.0" heavy duty tilt-back caster




handcarts

Also consider dollies or hand-trucks if you move a lot of gear. Dollies are nice because they can be placed under PA racks at the gig - but they stink at negotiating terrain. Hand trucks excel there. There are quite a few products that are light and quickly fold up for storage. Many can negotiate stairs or be used like wagons. Since fEARfuls themselves are light, I prefer very light extensible units with long shelfs and larger wheels (5"-8"), like the one below, which is as cheap as I would consider going:

Kmart - Magna Cart Personal Hand Truck - $29.99 or Sears - Magna Cart Personal Hand Truck - $29.99

You can also sometimes find this type at Costco for $22 or so, and places like Lowes have similar products. Generally as cost goes up so does feature-set, and maybe durability. But this cart is sturdy - a great value. Also you can connect bungie or quick-release nylon web straps to them to hold enclosures and racks securely in any circumstances. I've even gigged with these still behind the rig. Easy in, easy out.


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