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bykfixer

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I have a hand truck/cart that is used about twice a year. Each time the tires are flat. Today one of the tires had a hole in the tube. Replacing the $10 tube is a huge pain. A new tire/tube combo is $30. A solid rubber wheel is $35.

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Now the cart was $58 a few years ago. It's $130 and up now. Yikes. So I spent more for two solid wheels than the cart was new but...
No more flat tires. Ever. The tire/tube combo was rated to hold 400 pounds. The solid ones, 800. Ha, but the cart is designed for 200 so there is that.

Anyway, solid airless wheels just work.
 

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I have a hand truck/cart that is used about twice a year. Each time the tires are flat. Today one of the tires had a hole in the tube. Replacing the $10 tube is a huge pain. A new tire/tube combo is $30. A solid rubber wheel is $35.

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Sold!
Now the cart was $58 a few years ago. It's $130 and up now. Yikes. So I spent more for two solid wheels than the cart was new but...
No more flat tires. Ever. The tire/tube combo was rated to hold 400 pounds. The solid ones, 800. Ha, but the cart is designed for 200 so there is that.

Anyway, solid airless wheels just work.

Yep. I convert any rolling devices I have to these after the first flat, and often before. Inflatable tires are only on many of these tools because they are cheaper for the manufacturer.
 

bykfixer

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Years ago I worked on a construction project where we tested fresh concrete to make sure it met specs before going into what was going to be a bridge. I was a tester. The contractor was required to provide a wheel burrow for us to use to move the "sample" from the mixer truck to the testing spot. The load would be 300-400 pounds and it would be moved around 100 feet.

Each time the tire was flat. It would have been easier to move the load without a tire on the rim than with that tire flopping back and forth at random. Sheesh, that was annoying. I used a bicycle pump to pump it up. Next day it would be flat again. My boss brought a portable air tank one day and decided to fill it. Knowing it only took about 20 strokes with the bike pump I knew when he had placed the nozzle onto the valve stem and has passed the count of three it was going to blow up the tire. I plugged my ears.

By the count of 11 POW!!!!!. Several people jumped out of their skin. He giggled like a school kid. Well that meant the rest of the testing had to be performed with a flat tire. When I left work that day I went by a hardware store and bought a solid wheel and never had to put up with that crap anymore.

At the end of the project I took my wheel back! It's on my dad's wheel burrow to this day.
 

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I have two hand trucks. One like Mr Fixer's above, and one hard wheels, appliance hand truck.

I haven't reached deep into my pocket to pull out the ca$h to get hard rubber replacement wheels for mine yet. Last year, I had a flat, and couldn't find my rubber tube repair kit. Harbor freight had the 10" tubed wheel on sale for $4.99. Boy that was less than the price of a tube repair kit, and less than the cost of a new tube.

Replacement of the wheel is just: pull the cotter pin, swap the tire and rim, and reinsert the cotter pin.

Later I found the repair kit and I fixed the flat, so now I have a spare.
 

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We call them Dolly around here, used mine just yesterday & likely today.
Not sure how old it is, but it's probably 50~60 years old easy.

Honestly never really looked at the tires, because it always just worked.
Maybe something so helpful shouldn't be taken for granted..

= My Dad called them Dolly and he used them alot as a kid before school in the morning.
 

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