Custom Circular Dolly Hauls NASA's Orion Spacecraft
Hamilton helped NASA build a rover to land on Mars. Now we’re helping humans get there. NASA is using our custom circular dolly to cart a mockup of the Orion Spacecraft capsule for parachute testing.
The goal of Project Orion is to eventually launch four astronauts to the Moon, and then to the Red Planet 352 million miles away from Earth. Using our custom dolly, NASA can move the space capsule from the testing facility and into a plane for a high-altitude airdrop test.
Here are the tech specs of our most unique custom jobs:
- Size: 102" diameter with 28" diameter hole in the center
- Height from floor to top of dolly: 24"
- Plate steel deck over steel channel frame
- Running gear: Three S-MD-164DT swivel casters with 16" by 4" Duralast wheels with tapered roller bearings
- Steelwork enameled, hammertone blue
- Load capacity: 10,000 lbs.
For far-out custom jobs, or exotic projects a little closer to home, think Hamilton. See more at our gallery of custom designed carts & trailers.
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By entering details like load capacity, surface, height, diameter and industry the tool will show you which caster or wheel is best suited for the job. Input as many or as few specs you know.
Try it for yourself and see how much time you can save on your next order. Or, tap our talented human knowledge bank by calling a sales engineer.
Preview the Toughest Ads on the Planet
An enormous suspension bridge and a 10,000-ton U.S. Navy destroyer have two things in common. They're both modern marvels forged by thousands of tons of steel. And they're built with Hamilton's heavy-duty casters. That's the root of our latest ad campaign, "The Toughest Casters on the Planet," you'll see in major manufacturing publications. At the core of heavy industry, there's a Hamilton. Here's a sneak peek:
The Big Number: 54 Rollers. Fewer Injuries.
We've told you why you shouldn't skimp on running gear. Now here's why the guts of our HPI™ (Hamilton Precision Integrated) bearings make the smoothest and best-swiveling casters we've ever built. Unlike standard swivel casters supported by ball bearings, we use 54 rollers in ours (the industry average is less than half of this). Each roller makes contact with our ultra-smooth (16 microns), upper and lower raceways. The increased number of contact points on super-smooth surfaces allows our casters to swivel easier than any competing product on the market.
Superior swiveling means fewer workplace injuries, longer cart lifetime and less downtime caused by inferior running gear. HPI is now standard on the following models:
Learn more about Hamilton's entire line of swivel casters.
Round About: Auto Clunkers Flunk Hamilton's Testing
All of Hamilton's trucks, trailers, casters and wheels undergo rigorous, 24/7 testing to ensure their safety and durability in manufacturing's toughest industries. Too bad these famous auto clunkers didn't do the same:
- Yugo: Sometimes, price does matter. A brand-new Yugo cost around $4,000 in 1987. It was also the slowest car on the market, and couldn't meet the EPA's emission standards, which led to its demise.
- Ford Pinto: These days, its name means "worst car ever," but back in 1970 it was touted as Ford's answer to fuel-savvy Americans. Unfortunately, poor structural design doomed this dud from the start, leading to recalls and its discontinuation.
- AMC Gremlin: Dubiously named after imaginary creatures that sabotage aircraft, this "pioneering hatchback" was canned in 1978 after eight years on the market.
- DeLorean DMC-12: Unlike the Yugo, this one-hit wonder was priced too high. Famous for its gull-wing doors and appearance in the "Back to the Future" movie, this sports car cost the 2012 equivalent of $63,000 but lacked the speed and performance to justify the price tag.
Still own one of these one-hit wonders? You probably can't sell it on eBay, but at least you won't have to go through it with our casters. Read more on the AllState blog.
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