(Topic ID: 261466)

I need better floor sliders


By ryanwanger

5 months ago



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    #1 5 months ago

    I've been using generic furniture movers (floor sliders), like the kind they sell in 8 packs at Home Depot. They're plastic on the bottom, and foam on the top.

    My use case is this: I have games at a barcade with wood floors. The barcade has a stage where DJs play on the weekend. Two games stay on the stage during the week (because they help draw people into the pinball room, which is otherwise not obvious). On Friday night, the staff slides them off-stage into the side room with the rest of the machines, and then they are slid back to the stage on Sunday.

    The sliders I buy work great the first few times, but after a few weeks they get scratched and worn, and they don't slide smoothly anymore. You can still push the machines, but the legs skid violently as this happens (which is loud and probably not great for the machines). The floors are wood and have a medium level of wear, and are probably not super clean all the time.

    One small caveat is that there is only a few inches clearance under the doorway (so games with toppers can't be on stage).

    Ideally, I'd like for the chosen sliding device to be able to live on the machine full time, so the game can be played without having to remove them.

    Below is what I have now. Is there something better I could be using?

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    #2 5 months ago

    I use these on all of my games on a tile floor. They're cupped and fit perfectly around the leg leveler.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Scotch-2-3-8-in-Gray-Black-Round-Reusable-Furniture-Sliders-4-Pack-SP646-NA/300763805

    #3 5 months ago

    Try caster cups - they're hard plastic on top and carpet on the bottom, very low profile. They hold up well on wood floors. It's still possible to get skidding, I don't know of a way around that.
    https://www.target.com/p/magic-sliders-caster-cups-4-pk/-/A-13765326

    #4 5 months ago
    Quoted from CaffeineSlug:

    Try caster cups - they're hard plastic on top and carpet on the bottom, very low profile. They hold up well on wood floors. It's still possible to get skidding, I don't know of a way around that.
    https://www.target.com/p/magic-sliders-caster-cups-4-pk/-/A-13765326

    Those might be a better option after rereading your post since the carpet bottom will slide better over hard floors.

    #5 5 months ago

    I use a 3 1/2 inch super slider with the black foam removed from the back. This fits perfectly under a wood Pin Footie. I can slide a game with very little effort but this is on a short nap carpeted floor.

    #6 5 months ago

    https://www.target.com/p/magic-sliders-self-gripping-tips-4-pk/-/A-13762201

    I use these on all my games. They slip right over the leveler and stick on. They slide like butter.

    #7 5 months ago

    These work well for me on hard wood floors.

    amazon.com link »

    #8 5 months ago

    Anyone have suggestions for a concrete floor?

    #9 5 months ago

    I have hardwood floors in my basement and use these on all of my games: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-2-1-2-in-Metal-Furniture-Cups-with-Grey-Carpet-Base-4-Pack-804674/306229444 They slide super easily when I need to move them.

    #10 5 months ago
    Quoted from atrainn:

    I have hardwood floors in my basement and use these on all of my games: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-2-1-2-in-Metal-Furniture-Cups-with-Grey-Carpet-Base-4-Pack-804674/306229444 They slide super easily when I need to move them.

    I use the same on my hardwoods and they work great! Slide games around all the time with ease.

    #11 5 months ago

    I'm a fan of these "Super Sliders" for our hardwood floors:

    amazon.com link »

    They're quite durable, look ok, and make sliding games around very easy. Also have various size and color options.

    #12 5 months ago

    Carpet bottoms for the win on wood.

    #13 5 months ago

    On hardwood I use those exact Home Depot carpet cups mentioned above. Although just about any slider can cause legs to jerk & shudder if you just ram the game around and the floor isn’t perfectly smooth. In that case I have more luck pulling than pushing.

    #14 5 months ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    I use these on all of my games on a tile floor. They're cupped and fit perfectly around the leg leveler.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Scotch-2-3-8-in-Gray-Black-Round-Reusable-Furniture-Sliders-4-Pack-SP646-NA/300763805

    I use these as well. They slide pretty well on my laminate floor but do grip a bit. Better to pull than push for the most. They work well protecting the floor and only moving pins a little bit. I don't think any slider is going to work well if you move pins more than a few feet on a constant basis. If the floor is not clean, then you can get scratches on the floor and more difficulty moving. The sliders themselves scratch and/or wear and become less slick over time. I don't think they are really designed for 300-400 lb pinball machines. I would suggest a lift table or pin skates. Something with wheels.

    #15 5 months ago

    I like the rubber footers they sell on Pinball Life.

    #16 4 months ago
    Quoted from jcpinny:

    I like the rubber footers they sell on Pinball Life.

    The things that are specifically designed to prevent machines from sliding across the floor? Or something else? Their search is failing me.

    #17 4 months ago

    Anyone know how much height is added from pin skates? I have a little less than 3 3/4 inch to work with.

    #18 4 months ago

    Could you invest in or make a big sign like-
    ARCADE HERE==>
    Instead of moving them all the time?
    (I know this is not what you are asking for, just thinking outside the box)

    #19 4 months ago

    I've used these before... they essentially wrap the home depot carpet sliders with a hardwood friendly slider. Can get them at Home Depot.

    amazon.com link »

    #20 4 months ago

    These fit like a glove and are basically the same size diameter of the leg leveler base. I use them on my tile floor and they work great. Could easily be permanent with some adhesive or double sided tape.

    amazon.com link »

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Shepherd-1-3-4-in-Low-Friction-Furniture-Cups-4-per-Pack-9221/202531720

    #21 4 months ago

    Are these Pinball machines or Arcades with foots?
    I'd think some enterprising machinist could make some Delrin "pinfoots" which would replace the crappy sheet metal leg levelers.

    I used a set of these:
    https://www.mcmaster.com/2531k84
    on my STMU homebrew … I haven't really judged how they slide as compared to a normal set of legs. Here's the entire McMaster catalog on their levelers:
    https://www.mcmaster.com/leveling-legs
    I believe the thread is 3/8"-16.

    #22 4 months ago

    Why not move them with a lift?

    Edit:
    Probably because you don't want the staff slamming them back down.

    #23 4 months ago

    These were attached to the back legs when I bought a game recently. I thought it was funny but they make it easy to move around and can be locked in place... they're even the right height!

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    #24 4 months ago
    Quoted from jfrazie:

    Anyone have suggestions for a concrete floor?

    I use the same thing on concrete, they just wear out after about 10 times sliding.

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