Rollers for Drawer

Submitted: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:16
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Just wanted to know to all those out there that have made their own drawer system for your 4WDs, where or what brand of roller did you use or purchase and have you been happy with there operation and quietness???
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Reply By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:22

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:22
Hi, I used small roller bearings about 50mm dia been using the draw system for years no complaints
good luck
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Reply By: TD100 - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:30

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:30
if i remember correctly mine are HAEFELE (spelling??) about 45kg each are capable of carrying.cheers Paul
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:50

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:50
With the cost of some Commercial Drawer manufacturers I can understand why you would consider making your own.

$2000 for a built set, who can afford this?

We offer an alternative, $850 for a set to fit most wagons (fully constructed and 10 minutes to fit), $1050 for Dual Cab Utes. Would you take any number of weekends to build your own at that price?

5 year guarantee as well.


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Reply By: Member - gujimbo - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:54

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:54
I used Accuride heavy duty drawer runners for the fridge slide unit that i built.Have a look at

Cheers Jim
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Reply By: Member - Jim (Syd) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:55

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 20:55
I got my sliders from Hafele also. Go to then select furniture fittings, log in as a guest and then select Drawer Runners, sliding and pull-out runners. The selection is enormous. Just run your cursor over the written descriptions on the right, select the one that seems like what you want and click. It will then go to a more detailed page for that design, giving you specs like installed length, how much it extends, and other dimensions. If you do not have a registered account they will take a phone order, which is how I got mine.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 21:50

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 21:50
The details on what I used can be found in the plans available for download on my site. The materials aren't expensive, the tools aren't complex or hard to use and the sense of self satisfaction when someone else compliments your finished product is worth more than the drawers. I've even been paid to make them for mates.

Given that I like spending time in the shed, in answer to the above question; to save about $450 on the cheaper option, or about $1500 on the more expensive commercial options then yeah I'd definately spend two days making my own.
That's between $20 & $80 an hour to make the drawers I made for the ute straight back in my pocket.

This time around with the Patrol I did contradict the above and picked up a second hand set of Black Widow Drawers. However the weekend I would have used to make them I did about 28 hours of overtime in two nightshifts which pretty much paid for them. Had that not occurred I'd have made my own again quite happily and pocketed the difference.

It's not everyone's cup of tea though, and I can understand why people pay for commercial ones.

Though with the cost of steel skyrocketing I wouldn't want to have shares in a commercial venture making 4wd drawers in steel. People will pay $2000 for drawers (and I can't see where the money goes) but will they pay $4000?

I doubt it.

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Reply By: VH-GU4 - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 00:40

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 00:40
Thanks very much guys, the info is all appreciated.
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Follow Up By: baldman - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 16:53

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 16:53

the type of runner you need is a full extension runner, this allows the entire drawer to slide clear of the carcass.

it may pay to pop down to the local cabinet making shop and ask to buy a pair off them as most shops are using this type now in kitchens.

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