Mechanic's roller seat


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Mechanic's roller seat

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 03, 2012 10:19 am



Like most people, I don't have the space (or money!) for a full-sized motorcycle lift. I have a motorcycle lift that will lift my bikes from under the engine, and when strapped down, it works quite well. But even when it's lifted a foot and a half in the air, you still have to squat to work on things. I could tell when I was doing a lot of work on my bikes, because my legs (especially my calves!) would be in agony from hours of squatting.

I thought maybe a little roller seat might be the solution, and decided to buy a cheap one from Harbor Freight ($26) to try out - if it helped, I could get a more expensive one later.

Well it does help, a great deal! The pain is gone, and I think nothing of just sitting and doing work anytime on my little chair. And wouldn't you know - this little chair is not too bad, considering its price. It has a little tray on the bottom to hold tools and parts, and rolls easily around the garage.

I have read that the bearings used in the wheels are cheap Chinese crap, so I made sure that I greased them quite well when I assembled it. I'm quite happy with it!

Harbor Freight Roller Chair
Harbor Freight Roller Chair



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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby seabee_ » Thu May 03, 2012 11:24 am

I've got that same chair I bought years ago on sale. I love that thing. You're right, the wheels age cheap and I've had to lube the bearings often. Another issue is you have to check the allen head bolts that hold the caster wheels in place. I've had mine come loose and have dumped the chair over a couple of times. :o Still, a good chair for the price. ;)
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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 03, 2012 12:46 pm

seabee_ wrote:I've got that same chair I bought years ago on sale. I love that thing. You're right, the wheels age cheap and I've had to lube the bearings often. Another issue is you have to check the allen head bolts that hold the caster wheels in place. I've had mine come loose and have dumped the chair over a couple of times. :o Still, a good chair for the price. ;)


I used red Loctite on those bolts. They aren't going anywhere. :)

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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby seabee_ » Thu May 03, 2012 12:55 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
I used red Loctite on those bolts. They aren't going anywhere. :)


Yep, I used blue myself, was all I had handy at the time. Nothing more embarrassing than to fall backwards while trying to 'scoot'. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby Mag » Thu May 03, 2012 9:31 pm

Also have the chair. It is damn handy. Anything that is more comfy than sitting on the concrete is great for me.

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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby MikeB » Thu May 03, 2012 10:12 pm

Yup, I bought two of them. One as a test and the other as a gift. Turned out that my wife liked it so much, she would not let me give the other one away. She helps me clean the bikes and really liked how they were exactly the right size to scoot around the bike as she cleaned and wiped the fairing, saddlebags, fenders and wheels. When I get that much help to clean my rides, I'll do what is necessary to keep the helper happy.
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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby Mag » Fri May 04, 2012 11:57 pm

Wow, never asked my wife if she wanted a roller stool. I am going to have to try that, lol.

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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby bjatwood » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:42 pm

That's the exact same chair I have but mine has "Craftsman" on it (cost me more :o ) won't buy into that trick again. Same chair tho, I have actually worn the wheels off of mine. I use it for waxing the side of my SUV & Hot Rod and working on the bike(s) too. Saves a lot of wear and tear on this old man for sure! Recommend it to anybody who needs to bend over for long periods of time...

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Re: Mechanic's roller seat

Postby themainviking » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:42 pm

I don't have a nice roll around seat like alla Y'all, but I do have a seat. Mine is not as fancy as this picture of repurposing things, but it was very inexpensive - like free. I sat on it just today to Flitz my front wheel.



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