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Wheel assembly for powermate portable generator

Where can I find a wheel assembly to put on a generator I just purchased that does not have wheels.

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Go to home Depot. Pick up a piece of threaded rod. 3 feet should be enough.

Grab two 8 or 10 inch wheels from the lawn mower parts area.

Pick up some washers big enough to slide over the threaded rod and small enough to fit up against the wheels.

Drill the holes in your generator frame using a 1/2 " drill bit.

Drill a whole through the threaded rod so you can use a cotter pin to hold the wheels on.

Total price: $27.86

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My answer:

Believe it or not HFT (Harbor Freight Tools), which has local outlet stores in most big cities and is online as well (not sure where you are located), has a ton of various mountable tire/wheel assys in stock.

Some are swivel plate mounted - some are fixed plate type - and some wheels are just stand alone for axle-thru type mounted shafts of various diameters.

They even have a 13HP Genset wheel kit p/n 94192 for $24.99 online, and possibly the same price in-store if they indeed do stock it in-store. You just have to call a local HFT store and find out.

Prices can't be beat, and even though most everything there is made in China they do have some pretty good stuff there.

There is one other alternative if they don't have it in-store, and you really want to save a few bucks.

You yourself can make the same wheel kit set-up for under $15 if you are handy with metal working, and have a metal supply house near you.

If your Genset frame already has the axle hole plates welded onto the frame like I believe they all do today - then just buy the steel axle rod in whatever diameter rod is needed, and whatever length you need to clear the frame plus the added 2 wheels with 2 washers and 2 clearance bushings, and then just drill 2 cotter pin centered holes (1 on each end of the axle), and it's a done deal - all except for attaching any old metal type handle assy from maybe some old discarded gardening implement or possibly an older metal handled snow shovel for example. Just cut it down to size, bend according to fit the frame and bolt it on with 2 sturdy nut/bolt & lock washer assys. Done deal!!!

Just buy the 2 wheels anywhere that sells them cheaply, or else hunt some used ones down at a garage sale or thrift store maybe.

I made my own wheel kit setup on my own personal 5500W 10HP Generac Genset, and used the HFT pneumatic 10" tires when they were on sale for 1/2 price at $3 each. Axle rod - cotter pins (2) - washers (6) - axle spacer bushings (2) - custom hand made recycled handle & misc nut/bolt hardware all cost me under $10.

Labor cost - PRICELESS!

Please post me a reply as to finding this solution being the best resolve to your wheel kit problem there by following my recommendations above. Also please rate my troubleshooting fix as well.

Keep me posted and I'll follow up as well.

Best regards,

Frank

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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