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Old August 16th, 2013, 16:42
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Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

I've broken 2 creepers in the last few months (new house has a pebble-surfaced driveway, which typical crappy casters don't exactly like) and am sick of it. I have access to high-density closed-cell foam, heavy duty fabrics, plywood, tee nuts, a staplegun, tons of 16ga 3/4" square tube, and a decent 110v welder.

I was planning on buying heavy-duty soft rubber casters (in the realm of 4") and putting one together this weekend, but wanted to see if anyone else had built their own for some inspiration.

Hell, I'm almost tempted to go big and get some 8"+ pneumatic swivel casters.
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Old August 16th, 2013, 17:00
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

I just throw the box my tv came in down. Works way better than any creeper ive used
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Old August 16th, 2013, 19:01
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

I dont use creepers either, but something with nice and wide, soft gummy style skateboard wheels would be awesome, I am interested in seeing which way you go with this.

If i only had a 1" or .75" die for my tubing bender...
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Old August 16th, 2013, 19:38
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

NAPA (and I'm sure others do as well) makes a rough surface creeper with big soft rubber wheels.

I'm also a non creeper fan though, i get very angry when I try to crank on a bolt and the creeper starts sliding around.
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Old August 16th, 2013, 21:47
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

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I've broken 2 creepers in the last few months (new house has a pebble-surfaced driveway, which typical crappy casters don't exactly like) and am sick of it. I have access to high-density closed-cell foam, heavy duty fabrics, plywood, tee nuts, a staplegun, tons of 16ga 3/4" square tube, and a decent 110v welder.

I was planning on buying heavy-duty soft rubber casters (in the realm of 4") and putting one together this weekend, but wanted to see if anyone else had built their own for some inspiration.

Hell, I'm almost tempted to go big and get some 8"+ pneumatic swivel casters.
I've been considering designing one myself - I refuse to buy a creeper without a metal frame (I'm a big guy...) but I still find that production creepers are too short for my body, too narrow for my shoulders, and sit too high to get under low stuff.

And, I wouldn't mind a couple of trays about hip level anyhow...

I would consider the foam padding minimally necessary, as I've lain on plywood and metal creepers without any real trouble before (and the elimination of the padding makes taking care of it easier. Just Plasti-Dip the whole bloody thing!) And, use some mid- to heavy-gage sheetmetal to lay your deck, with an underframe.

I'd have to take some measurements to get what I'm thinking, but I could sketch something up and email it to you if you're interested, along with the landmarks I use for taking the measurements (might give you a better idea of how to fit it to you - I'm a practical ergonomicist as well. No training - just experience...)
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Old August 17th, 2013, 16:47
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

http://www.bonecreeper.com/bone.html

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...466up87 c4p_e


I've had good luck with these. Only thing is the're hard to get back out of. Kind of like getting out of a waterbed. Super comfy without padding.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 18:13
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

Right on, thanks guys! I saw the bone creeper, but at that price point, I'd enjoy building one more (cardboard does suffice in the end - this is merely a luxury). I never really have issues with sliding around while torquing things either so I do enjoy them.

5-90 - I'll PM you within the next couple days with some sketches we can start with. From there I'd like to make it a build thread to hopefully inspire others.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 18:34
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NAPA (and I'm sure others do as well) makes a rough surface creeper with big soft rubber wheels.

I'm also a non creeper fan though, i get very angry when I try to crank on a bolt and the creeper starts sliding around.
An i was thinking it was your hair getting stuck in the wheel. But you're right they do move while you tighten bolts
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Old August 17th, 2013, 19:02
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An i was thinking it was your hair getting stuck in the wheel. But you're right they do move while you tighten bolts
I remember those days, that sucked.

I dig my creeper but I always remember to brace myself before doing moderately tight work and get off when really cranking.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 23:32
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Old August 17th, 2013, 23:43
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Old August 19th, 2013, 23:23
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

Just fyi some snapon creepers have a life time warranty on the casters. This is if you decided to just buy one.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 17:28
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Re: Sick of breaking creepers... Anyone built one?

This thread got way more entertaining than I expected. Love this place.

Monster Mopar - I'm all for Span-on, but $230+ on a creeper is still more than I want to spend. Their casters may be warrantied, but they still look relatively weak (and I never want to RMA this thing). Also, given how simple creepers ultimately are, I think it would be fun to build an insanely beefy one.

Thanks for the input guys! Unfortunately my priorities have shifted gears once again... It's officially time for me to buy a house (a financial planner friend sat down with me and discovered that I can float a 5-year payoff plan on the modest house I want - woot!), so other projects will soon take priority.

5-90 - I'll get with you regarding the ergonomics once it's time. I know you're not going anywhere.
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