Noisy Trolley Problems?

The noise that a trolley makes when the motor or the gearbox are about to fail is quite something.  If you hear it, it is alarming.  And maybe the motor or gearbox will need replacing.  But – it might be a much simpler and cheaper ‘fix’:  the spider coupling.

Here is our new Advice Centre article.  In this, we suggest that you look first at changing the least expensive part.

The noise that this small part makes when it needs replacing is impressive and very similar to a failing motor or gearbox.  It’s worth replacing the Spider Coupling first. It only costs £7.50 plus P&P.  If it is the more expensive part or parts, really you’d be best advised to change this component any way, so it’s not a waste of money.  Or, you can send it back.

Technical Up-Date: radiused spacers & star-loc washers

I bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?

Here is a little herd* of radiused spacers:

Cute little critters, aren’t they?  But they are notoriously shy.  As are their best mates, the star-loc washers:

The point of these spacers and washers is that they prevent wear and tear on the moving, metal parts of your trolley.  You can’t see the spacers, but it is an easy task to undo a few nuts and bolts and pop new ones in.

The kits are available here.  Only £10, but such a worthwhile investment of a little time and money.  We have also added how-to articles about these in our Advice Centre.  Here is the one on radiused spacers; and here is the related paper on star-loc washers. These articles also explain all about the job these spares do – the unsung heroes of your trolley, basically.

The wear on these, especially the spacers, will not be obvious with a visual check, so we advise replacing them every season, especially if you play every week.

A job for this weekend, perhaps?  Well, it’s more fun than the supermarket…

* collective noun for radiused spacers? We have gone with herd, but Kirsten thinks that a squeeze of radiused spacers is probably a better one. – Ed

New Sports Wheels

The PowaKaddy Sports Wheel has had a re-model:

OK.  It *might* not look that different, but it has been re-designed for Spring 2014.  The old models, whilst pretty reliable, were sometimes known to crack or break, and this new model has been strengthened.

You can identify a new model wheel from the old model, as the new one has an added ‘groove’ down each spoke.

It fits on in exactly the same way as the old wheels.  This model, by the way, fits trolleys where the wheel was held on by a yellow clip on the outside.

Order the new version here.