Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

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Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

Post by Gadget » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:01 pm

My bad back means I don't want to lift my Cornford RK 4x12 around anymore, so I'm looking to put wheels on it.

I could use a dolly board, so I don't screw anything into the cab itself, but that could be a bit of a faff.

So wheels it is, but how / which?

I am thinking about those 100mm or 50mm blue rubber tyre type, but I'm a bit worried whether or not the wood screws will break-out of the soft pine of the cab the first time they catch in a rut.

So maybe try the Marshall-syle one with a central plug-in 'pin' that goes into the cab?

Anyone know how thick the wood is on the bottom of the cornford 4x12s (to save me taking the back off to check)?
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Re: Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

Post by s&m freddy » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:47 pm

I bought a Cornford 2x12 that was already fitted with the big grey wheeled castors. They are just screwed on and seem totally secure. The big castors are great and roll on almost anything. I have two locking ones on the front and two normal on the back.
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Re: Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

Post by guitarplayer » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:09 pm

Go with 75/100mm rubber type castors.
They have 4 screws that will hold tightly. No worries - nothing will get screwed. Remember to use wood screws with larger threads when attaching castors.
The bigger wheels - the more space it takes to trransport the cab, but it will go more smoothly through any obstacle on its way.
I have always used 75mm wheels to get the smooth transport and less space needed in the trunk.
I tried 50mm once but it was just enough to move around onstage, transport from stage to the parking lot was a pain in the back anyway.

Dolly board - best of both worlds - you get easy transport and lots of bass response onstage (wheels steal away/dumpen some of the bass).
Removable castors (Mesa, Bogner) will also do the job quite well- if the price is not an issue. But these usually do not go above 50mm, which is... not enough.

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Re: Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

Post by SabbadiusUSA » Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:52 am

Use large size Mesa/Boogie Quick-Release casters. I have a set on my 2x12 Cornford... Super easy to take on and off.

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Re: Has anybody put castors on their speaker cab?

Post by Gadget » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:55 am

Thanks for the replies.

I will probably go with the 75mm wheels. I don't play out, so I'm not bothered about carpark roadworthiness, but even on carpet 50mm can be a pain.

The annoying thing about so many of the locking castors is the location of the lock pedal, where unless you leave the locking wheels sticking out, you can't easily get to the pedal to engage it, because of its proximity to the underside of the cab.

I have used the Mesa castors before and they were good, but difficult to get hold of and at least double the cost.
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