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DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby johno » 17 Apr 2018, 14:46

Hello all ..
I like the idea of the DIY beach wheels ...I have tried other wheels and none will work on soft sand so this concept looks good . I have two trolleys ...one scupper trolley that has an external square tube axle with an internal 18 mm tube axle. This one will take two sorts of wheels 18mmm hub and if you slip two 18mm upvc electrical sockets with the internal ridge honed off over the axle it will take wheels with 25mm hubs.
I also have a home made trolley with PE load bearing flat pads (my kayak has twin hulls) that straps on underneath for longer journeys to the water . ...wheels are interchangeable as axle same size as above but neither work on sand...so decided to try the Kmart wheels as suggested.

I didn't want to build another complete new trolley so as the axle was smaller for the Kmart wheels I purchased a 12mm galvenized axle (1.00m) from Bunnings for around $6.00 rather than a threaded rod as it is less likely to bend under load like the threaded rod and drilled out the wheels to suit and a pair of 5mm lynch pins to stop the wheels coming off. It was then just a matter of slipping the 12mm rod through the 18 mm tube axle and cutting to length with a couple of washers where the new wheels touch the existing housing. Then a $8.00 foam camping mat from Kmart which cuts into 6 strips to fit the wheels ...looking forward to test run on sand.
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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby im_no_pro » 17 Apr 2018, 15:16

Has anyone tried golf buggy wheels on sand? I picked up some stroller wheels this morning to start my cart build but looking at being able to swap those wheels out for Golf buggy wheels as they are substantially wider. Dont really want to lug my golf clubs and cart along the sand at the beach for testing if I dont have to so Im hoping someone has tried them already.
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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby shane » 17 Apr 2018, 15:57

The key to getting over sand with a heavy yak is to have a large and soft surface area in contact with the sand. Large are to spread the load and soft so that the wheel rolls on top of the sand instead of plowing through and building up a wall of sand. For a smaller or lightly loaded yak you may find the golf buggy wheels are OK. However if you get into really soft sand or are carting plenty of weight then the beach wheels or these DIY wheels with the foam trad are the way to go.
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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby im_no_pro » 17 Apr 2018, 17:04

Ta. Im not anticipating much traversing over sand at this stage & not much in the way of soft sand. Would be towing 30kg tops i’d say. Will build with the pram wheels and go from there, can always mock up a test mount for the wheels off my golf buggy to try it. FWIW, this is the type of wheel im talking about, 10-15cm track width at a guess.

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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby shane » 17 Apr 2018, 17:28

That wheel will be OK for light loads over most terrain. In soft sand with a bit of weight it will tend to push sand ahead of it and make it much harder to get through.
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Re: DIY Beach Wheels (on the cheap)

Postby peatop » 18 Apr 2018, 17:36

I still haven't put the foam on my wheels altough i have it :roll: most of my launches are on hard ground but some have been sand, you certainly notice once you hit dry soft sand, if you are used to pulling a heavy truck tyre behind you on a rope you will cope fine in soft sand ;)
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