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Old 03-26-2010   #21
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I used galvanized plumbing pipe for sturdiness, PVC on the outside as the roller, two flanges and two elbows to mount it. It works great and cost under $20.

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Old 03-28-2010   #22
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I've used these: Northern Industrial Roller and Bracket Set | Roller Supports | Northern Tool + Equipment

Cheap, easy to install, and they work great. Four across my flatbed:

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Old 03-28-2010   #23
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Yeah, I saw that. Sweet setup. Of course I have ADD and it was all NOW NOW NOW, couldn't wait to order them. Did see some cheap ones at Harbor Freight for $4.99 but they looked like they'd break on the second day. How strong are the the parts that come out of the bracket and support the pipe? They still holding up good?
Definitely seems like a better idea to distribute the weight like that, as well as helping with directional friction. My EMT does sag under load, although it's just the first of many I'll build.
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Old 03-28-2010   #24
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yep -they've held up fine, but they haven't been left outside very much- the whole rear bar is detachable. Plus, they're only $15 a piece so replacing them is an easy call if needed.
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Old 04-03-2010   #25
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I just completed my trailer last week - set up with the same rollers from Northern Tool as El Flaco. Works awesome - each roller is rated to 150 lbs., so they seem strong enough. The cool thing about the ones I got is that the roller shaft is spring loaded, so you can push the shaft in and remove the roller from the bracket without tools if you are concerned about them being in the elements. Nothing on these rollers sticks up far enough to snag any part of the raft. Four rollers lets the rig correct itself as it rolls onto the trailer instead of being stuck at an angle. Worked great last week for the trial run in south canyon. Everyone i've talked to that has done the pipe/PVC thing has wound up with it warping in short order. Thanks for the advice El Flaco.
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Old 04-03-2010   #26
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Thanks El Flaco
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Nice! Hope it works out for you as well as it has for me. I gotta put on the outdoor carpet this spring....
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Sure like the separate rollers for angle correction. That is a definite disadvantage of the single bar deal. Too bad northern doesn't offer wider versions so you could just use two.
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Old 04-05-2010   #29
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I also used the setup like el flaco from northern tool. They work so good you have to watch rolling it off the back because it shoots off so fast it might be heading down the river without you.
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Old 04-05-2010   #30
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Also Props to El Falco.....did the Northern Tool a few months ago...and love the spring loaded rollers can be removed in seconds.

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