Originally Posted by Blackroady
Adding in my worthless opinion ..........Have to say I'm with cod on this one - a factor that you CANT put a value on is the cost of your time to think / make the things. From a personal view - yes I am sure I have the ability to design a set of wheels etc (Aero engineering degree & just looking at the 'proper' ones covers that) , but I dont unfortunately have a handy supplier of stainless offcuts at the bottom of the gardem , dont have offcuts of roof ladders to hand / am not a whizz with a handy welder I have lying around etc - so if you had to buy all the 'proper' materials a one off would be more expensive than just buying off the shelf. Ask anyone that manufactures anything........ I think they will agree.
Add into getting all that stuff the differance in time for me to
1)go to a shop/ internet buy off the shelf
1)get all the stuff
5) change design
7) get dirty
8) annoy the wife
9) set fire to the garage while I weld etc .
Only one choice for me !
Of course if someone can make a set of good durable & light / reliable launching wheels I will happily purchase them for the £2.21p it has 'cost' to make them .
I love to make stuff like this & actually really enjoy the whole process , but I just dont have the time, and what time I have I want to be out on the water !
Still PM me when they are all built & I'll give you 100% mark up on yout costs and pay £20 fro the finished article
I dont usually rise to these types of reply-but ive got some of my unvaluable time on my hands
I can put a value on my time-Its free and mine to do what i wish to do with it!!!-much more valuable than getting stressed at my everyday job(even though it pays a rather favourable hourly rate)-whats the point working extra hours when i can be enjoying myself making things an putting it to good use.
I could take the lazy route, and go and buy a set of ready made wheels, but wheres the fun in that when i can make them myself and have fun doing it, and making somthing that is of better quality while im at it.
I do have access to a plentiful supply of offcuts, and am a "whizz" with a welder, so that helps.
Added replys to your list...........
1)go to a shop/ internet buy off the shelf - Boring
1)get all the stuff - Allready got it.
2) design - Thats the fun bit.
3) fit - Yes, it does.
4) adjust - No need to, got it right 1st time!!!
5) change design - As above.
6)refabricate - As above.
7) get dirty - Thats the other fun bit.
8) annoy the wife - Blessed with an easygoing wife.
9) set fire to the garage while I weld etc . - Thats why you havnt got a welder, probably a good move then
Only one choice for me !