Now that I have my new chair, I have a serious "WTH?!?!" with it: the front caster axle bolts. Phillips head soft metal? Ugh.
OK- has anyone else simply replaced these from day one? Hehehe- I know I will be. Curious what people have used. I am going to remove mine and hit the hardware store with a song and a prayer today and see if they have something that will work. I LOVE the front caster axles on my A-4. Hardened steel, use a socket on each side, done. Little lock-tite, and I could drop those front wheels all day and never budge, hurt or screw the axle up at all. Changed wheels many times now, 5 times in one week while trying different caster types (different rollerblade wheels, to see how softness, size, etc impact performance; all in another thread even!). Little lock-tite, and they are as good as the day that chair arrived. C'mon Tilite! Save weight here? And even worse, use a horrible manner of tightening/loosening (phillips)?!? Allens would be just as bad IMO. Front axles should be hex head bolt, period. And they should be a hard metal- hardened or stainless steel maybe?
I guess if you get a new chair, never touch it, and then have the casters replaced once a year (if that) by a local DME, and end up getting new chairs every few years..well, have fun. But sorry- I like to play with things, see what works and what doesn't. And IMO, these front caster axles are poop.