Haha I'm ditzy need help with wheels

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kung Foo Chicken, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've admired many of your "tractors" I've seen many on here made with wagon wheels and wanted to know how you attached them. I got a small dog kennel with damaged chain link that I removed and put on other wire and built a small house on the outside of it. The only thing I'm stupid about is how to attach wagon wheels hehe. Please if you will tell me how you attached your wheels.
     
  2. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    drill hole through meta tubing on bottom, insert bolt through wheel, through a washer, through the hole in tubing, add anouther washer to the other side and a nut, tighten with wrench:p
     
  3. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I've been looking at the other tractors trying to figure out how you did them. I'm beginning to like building even if I suck at it. I was picturing a long bar to both wheels and the middle sagging in and scrubbing while I tried in vain to push.

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  4. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another option would be to go to a fence company and see if they have the wheel kits for automatic chainlink gates. That is probably the exspensive option though.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I wouldn't drill a bolt hole through the chainlink panel tubing -- it will weaken it significantly just where you most especially don't want it weakened.

    The clamp on wheels made for chainlink gates do sound like the simplest readymade option but I agree they might be pricey.

    I think if I were going to do it I would rig something up with wood that is strapped/bolted to the chainlink tubing so that the *wood* has the axle bolt hole drilled through it.

    Actually, how often do you move this? You might just be able to make two 4x4 "skids with wheels on the ends" that you lift up each side of the chainlink pen to shove 'em under, temporarily tie them on well or use wingnuts and strapping, move the pen, then remove the wheeled skids when you get to destination.

    Chainlink panels of any size just *are* tough to move, IME.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  6. Hoot

    Hoot Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 wheel barrel wheels with bearings. I plan to attach them to the bottom frame with 5/16" lag bolts.

    I think wagon wheels may need an axle.

    Hoot
     
  7. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drilling through the tube will not weaken it enough to matter, that is the beauty of round tube. Now if you run it over with a car afterwards the tube will bend whether it is drilled or not. The swinging gates on my chainlink is mounted on gate bolts that are bolted through the tubing. They have lasted since 1972 without a problem.
     
  8. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think when she says wagon wheels she is talking about radio flyer, not chuck wagon.
     
  9. MicMoo

    MicMoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at drilling into my tractor or running a metal rod/pole/pipe through the bottom frame to serve as an axle, but then I decided that I just needed the wheels part of the time. Here's a picture of my coop:

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    My solution was to get two cart or lawnmower wheels from the local thrift store, get two large lag bolts, and a 2x4 board long enough to reach across my tractor to make a temporary axle. I don't have a pic right now but here's a crude drawing:

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    When it's time to move, I place this on the ground next to the heavy end of the tractor, lift the tractor just enough to kick this under so the weight is resting on the 2x4. I then pick up the other end of the tractor and push/pull/roll it where I need it. When finished, I lift the heavy end and kick the axle out.
     
  10. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. It isn't dog kennel panels it is a custom job someone built that at one time housed pekingese dogs. It is one piece. Lots of ideas here. I haven't moved it all as I'm still building it (coop part). It isn't the best steel for tubing as they lapped on the heaviest chainlink and made it wobbly. I took that off and used hardware cloth I have lying around instead to make it a bit lighter. I framed inside the back portion with 2x4 to make the tubes much less wobbly and attaching the coop to that. I'll have photos soon to get more ideas.
     
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