|Brand||Triad Merrick Machine|
|Item Weight||62.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.3 x 12.7 x 5.3 inches|
|Item model number||MERM998002|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MERM998002|
|Cover Included||rooling cart^ dolly|
|Special Features||Flat Free Tires|
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Merrick Machine MERM998002 Red Auto Dolly, Set of 4
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- Allows one person to move a vehicle in any direction (even sideways). Two people are recommended, for the extra set of eyes
- Facilitates shop order and easier, more complete floor cleaning
- 6,000 lbs. capacity on a set of four (1,500 lb. capacity per dolly)
- Free up precious floor space in your shop or garage
- Auto Dollies work with automobiles, trucks, boats, trailers, lawn mowers, jet skis, motorcycles, airplanes, and most heavy vehicles
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The Auto Dolly is placed under each tire of the vehicle, making the vehicle a rolling cart that will now roll in any direction with ease. The large roller bearing casters make is simple for anyone to move the vehicle in any direction. The wheel profile helps to pinch small debris out of the path, rather than coming to a screeching halt.
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1) Buy a tube of automotive grease with a small tip. This is not a high performance application so an inexpensive tube of grease will do.
2) Poke a small hole at the very end of the tip
3) Set the dolly on its end and position the tip of the grease tube into the bearing races
4) Squeeze the grease tube until the grease starts to come out and then slowly rotate the casters until the bearings are completely covered. Stop squeezing the grease tube when all of the spaces between each bearing is completely filled.
5) Repeat 15 more times
Because of the locking washer, I only gave each nut a 1/4 turn after hand tightening the casters. I did not want the possibility of over tightening the nuts and crushing the bearings.
After placing a dolly under each wheel, I can push my 3,200lb car across the floor by myself with some effort and very easily change direction. With two people, it's no problem at all.
Some people mention a locking caster might be nice forgetting to unlock one or (if you only have one locking caster for each dolly)the PITA of putting the locking caster on the inside wheel well. A couple of bricks I had lying around were good enough for me.
First the supplier: Tool Topia. When I saw their shipping was 4.99 for a 70lbs package I nearly bought from somewhere else. Slightly unbelievable I thought but they have overall good reviews. I put the order in on a Sunday evening with Amazon, the dollies were on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon via FedEx ground. Now...they shipped from Shreveport and I live in San Antonio so I may have been lucky. Anyway Tool Topia 10/10.
The dollies: I have a smooth garage floor, it's not sealed with lacquer, but it is smooth concrete. I assembled the wheels hand tight and then used a wrench to take up a couple of threads. At the end of the day I cannot see how these wheels would come adrift even if you only hand tighten the nuts. I swept the garage floor and hit the castors, ball bearings and parts of the garage floor with WD-40. The Merrick Machines site has a video on how the dollies are positioned under the wheels. Also.......I did think that spraying the garage floor with water might help.....I didn't need to do that...but that could well help. I moved my car in about 20 minutes including dealing with a potential gotcha. The car moved far easier side to side than pushing or pulling it in a straight direction. Put your knee into the tire when pushing to help move the car, see Merrick's website for demo. Remember the tips about aligning the wheels in the direction you want the car to go. I had to do that once to get any straight ahead movement of the car. Side to side was fine.
Potential Gotcha: Keep an eye on where the car is in relationship to the garage door or walls. You might want to put down blocks to stop the dollies travel limit and make sure the car never touches the garage door and you end up with limited maneuvering space. I was very close at one point and would have ended up with the garage door clipping the rear bumper and maybe busting the garage door spring if someone had opened the garage door. That left me having to try and push / pull the car forward from the garage door, that was the hardest part. I had to get an inch or so movement at a time until I had enough clearance to start the side to side process. The pitch on my floor would not cause a rollback....but safety...don't get sandwiched between the car and the doors/walls.
Shame on Merrick Machine Company for wasting mechanics and customers time.
- quick, well packed, no problems
The Merrick autodolly build
- This autodolly is solid and heavy (about 15-16lbs each) which is good. The paint is very poor. I am going to have to spray areas to avoid future rust.
It's function - on a typical concrete garage floor - in decent but not perfect condition - i.e. like many people's
- Well I was able to move my car into the corner of the garage - but only with the aid of plumbers pliers to move the wheels into the direction I wanted them to go. They do not swivel freely when the car is on top of the dolly (and I only have a mazda miata on top so it's relatively light) . I also needed to use an unexpectedly large amount of exertion. I'm a fairly well built guy, work out at the gym and still struggled. I am now thinking whether or not to get the heavy duty wheels or wait and get a better product.
i give it 3 stars because it is solid and the design seems good for the tires and...it did allow me to move the car BUT it was nothing like the impression the companies videos suggest and it's not something I would want to repeat too regularly - at least not unless i have 20 minutes to spare moving my car in or out before I can use it or park it.