@JT954@yeppers I’m pretty sure this would be fine for anything except one of the heavier office-grade printers. However, it depends on if you intend to just leave it in one place, or move it around. If it just stays in one place it should be fine. If you try to move it around on the casters, then I’d say, no, not sturdy enough. You really need something more solid, and with larger casters, to do that.
@JT954 In the amazon listing the weight limit for the drawers is 3 pounds for the big ones so if the drawers have little in them you might be OK. Several say it is a bit flimsy so might not survive being rolled around.
@radi0j0hn@yeppers Thanks for replying. This would be too small as my printer is 17 inches. The only thing I would use that storage unit for is some folders and a charger (currently sitting on top of the printer). I even thought about getting a mini shelf unit with adjustable shelves so I can put the printer at the bottom and move the papers up along with my desk organizer and coaster to free up space on my desk.
It’s really designed for that with removable closable containers. There were even some versions that came with a green Lego baseplate. Normal retail stores had for $40-50 but sometimes if you got lucky you could get for 50% off so around $25.
We have one very similar to this, think it might even be the same brand (not sure, it was a gift). The drawers do not stay in their sliders well at all. Any significant weight (stack of paper, etc) will tend to pull them right out of the tracks. Pain in the neck. Like I said, I’m not positive it was this same model, but it looks similar enough that I’m certainly not tempted to buy this.
@Ceej Ya, we have one that is a single column of drawers (the smaller ones) and they are constantly coming out and its a bit wobbly. We were going to get rid of it but turned it into our kid’s school organizer for virtual learning this fall/winter. If it was 1/4" - 1/2" narrower it would be fine.
These things are junk. My parents bought two of them and we have happily gotten rid of both at this point in time. You’ll constantly have drawers falling out of their "tracks* (I use the term generously here) for one of three reasons. Either 1 the thing was engineered with tolerances big enough to park the space shuttle in so The drawer shift one side or the other while being pulled out to access the contents and just fall out of track, 2 the flimsy plastic drawers sag due to their contents, exacerbating 1 with the fun new addition of just falling out randomly whether you’re pulling them in and out or not, or 3 the horrendously engineered frame worked its screws loose over time allowing the entire thing to flex out of square, increasing the already massively overlarge distance between the “tracks”, and dropping all of your carefully engineered drawers onto the floor scrambling their contents together. I wouldn’t spend 10 bucks on this piece of shit and never mind 50 or 100!
@jbartus I don’t have this exact one, but looking at the photos with the way the frame is made and screwed together, I would expect what you say is exactly true. I’ve had other stuff made this same way and it is, basically, crap.
@j2 The top is perforated. I live on a dirt road in a drafty old house, so fine dust is a fact of life. The openness of the drawers and perforated top mean this cart doesn’t keep the dust out all that well.
If it’s like they almost identical ones that we have I would say be prepared for something that is somewhat flimsy and needs modification to be useful. Shorten the stretcher bars a little bit to narrow it in. To deal with the warped drawer sides I’ve started taking a heat gun to soften the plastic and pushing it out. Only time will tell if this works long-term. They would have to be a great bargain for me to buy any more of these. Maybe 25$ including shipping.
I have a single set of the narrow drawers. The drawers are a tad short in width so the edges of them don’t fit in the ‘U’ channels well. When u pull them out or in, they slide out of the channels. They have to be perfectly lined up. I use them to store 3oz tubes of paint, so maybe the weight, which is really not significant, could be the cause. Maybe if you’re storing something lighter. They do it all the time now, empty or not. Very annoying.
Now, if it came with a track extender…
I’ve had one of these carts for years, and I sorta use it to sorta organize all the cables, dongles, adapters, remotes, wires, etc, for computer and audio equipment. Lots of stuff, but in all not very heavy as far as ballast goes. My basic monochrome laser printer sits on top, but the cart stays put: I think it would be too wobbly and top-heavy for rolling from place to place–especially on carpet.
It’ll cost more than $50, but I’m a big fan of static shelving and separate containers with lids. It gives far more flexibility on large items/container sizes, and a decent 3-5 shelf unit will have a lot more usable space than this.
This seems more useful for a cheapo solution to throw in a kid’s room as a place to randomly throw stuff knowing there will be no organization and it’ll probably break at some point.
Glad I was asleep early yesterday and didn’t get a chance to buy this. It looks very flimsy. I have a solid wire cart on wheels that took me over 45 minutes to build. Yet it is very sturdy and rated to hold over 50 lbs per a shelf over 300lbs total. Just the multiple color schemes makes it ugly. This reminds me of my childhood memories and was Mr. Roger’s shoe rack. Which time will tell that whom will discover he was another childhood mistake. White Cosby comes to mind.