Let’s Learn How To Make A Radial Dolly Simply

Making your own radial dolly can be a fun and rewarding project. Not only will you save money, but you will also be satisfied knowing that you built it yourself. In this article, we will show you how to make a radial dolly using materials that are readily available at most hardware stores.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at what a radial dolly is, how it works, and more. This article will provide you with a lot of useful information about the radial dolly besides guiding you on how to make it. So ready to get started right now.

What Is A Radial Dolly?

Bestseller No. 1
Spare Tow Dolly Tire 5 Lug Trailer Wheel 13" Wheel ST185/80R13 Loan Star Karrier D.O.T. Approved
  • Spare Trailer Tire and Wheel
  • Tire Reads: ST185/80R13 Loan Star Karrier
  • 5 Lug Pattern
  • Radial
  • 13" Rim
Bestseller No. 2
Car Dolly Set of 4, Auto Wheel Dollies, Vehicle Wheel Dolly, Heavy Duty Car Tire Skates, 6000Lbs Capacity Car Roller Dolly Moving Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles - Vehicle Mover Dollies, Black
  • 🚗[Heavy-Duty Car Dolly] - Our Car Wheel Dolly Set boasts a robust build featuring heavy-duty, powder-coated steel plates, ensuring durability and strength to handle heavy loads up to 6000 lbs. The durable construction and smooth-rolling wheels effortlessly handle heavy loads, making vehicle movement a breeze. Experience reliable performance and long-lasting use for all your vehicle moving needs.
  • 🚗[Secure Car Tire Skates] - The car dolly set features steel plates with an anti-skid raised pattern, providing increased friction. The recessed center ensures tire balance and prevents slips. The anti-slip and concave surface design ensures a secure grip on tires, minimizing the risk of slips or falls during transportation. Move your vehicles with confidence!
  • 🚗[Labor-Saving Design] - Experience labor-saving design with duplex bearing swivel wheels and smooth-rolling radial ball bearing axles. The 360-degree swivel casters effortlessly navigate tight spaces. With 4 swivel casters, including 2 designed for quick-stops, suitable for single-person work, enjoy enhanced stability and maneuverability, making car mover wheel dolly ideal for classic car restoration projects. Note: The braking wheels should be assembled on the same side
  • 🚗[Versatile Vehicle Wheel Dolly] - Our car moving dolly set is designed for versatility, accommodating tire widths of up to 12" (305 mm). You can easily move cars around to create more space or access hard-to-reach areas. Ideal for mechanics, showroom owners, and more, these auto wheel dollies facilitate the movement of cars, trucks, trailers, tractors, ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, furniture, equipment, and more.
  • 🚗[Effortless Vehicle Transportation for Convenient Use] - Simplify vehicle movement with our car tire dolly set, providing a hassle-free solution for garage storage, workshops, or showrooms. Lift the vehicle tires with a jack, position the car roller dolly underneath, and lock the wheels in place. The space-saving design ensures easy carrying, storage, and hanging when not in use.
SaleBestseller No. 3
DNA MOTORING 4-Pack Tire Wheel Dolly Vehicle Wheels Dollies Movers Skates Car Tire Repair Slide Tools, 6000 lbs Capacity, Blue, TOOLS-00299
  • 4-PACK CAR WHEEL DOLLIES - Each car dolly consists of a steel plate measuring 15.75 x 12 inches (L x W) and 4 wheels measuring 3 inches in diameter, making it able to support up to 1500 lbs.
  • WORK EASIER - 4 swivel casters (2 of which are lockable); Dual-bearing swivel design and smooth rolling radial ball bearing axles that provide easy, multi-directional movement.
  • NON-SLIP SURFACE - The tread of the wheel dolly is rough that increase friction and prevent slip; Its recessed center works for balance and keeps the auto tire securely in place.
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION - Heavy duty one-piece powder coated thickened plate steel construction, not easy to break or deform; strong polycarbonate surface dual bearing wheel castors.
  • MULTIPURPOSE - Great for shops, garages and showrooms; easily move cars, trucks, trailers, tractors, ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, furniture, equipment and more.
Bestseller No. 4
4 Pack Heavy Duty Wheel Dolly Car Tire Stakes Set for Tow or Vehicle Storage Furniture Movers 10,000 lbs Capacity Black (Red, 4 Dollies)
  • 【STRONG BUILD】Constructed of heavy-duty and thick steel plate that is powder-coated,the Heavy Duty Tire Wheel Dolly is durable and rust-resistant,it will not bend or damage easily during use even with heavy objects on it.
  • 【CAPACITY】Each car dolly consists of a plate measuring 16 x 12 inches (L x W) and 4 wheels measuring 3 inches in diameter,Each individual car tire dolly supports up to 2,500 pounds for a 10,000-pound total capacity easily.
  • 【SAFE DESIGN】The circular arc corners around the panel are shaped by punch press, greatly improving the security of use and reducing the risk of bruising your ankles due to sharps. It make moving vehicles of medium and heavy wheels a breeze
  • 【Advanced Technology】Wheels have duplex bearing swivel design and smooth rolling radial ball bearing axles that provide easy, multi-directional movement. Different from traditional hollowed-out nylon wheels, this wheel made of solid nylon ensures a powerful bearing capacity.
  • 【WIDELY USED】These dollies are equipped with a convenient handle that makes it easy for you to carry or hang; Useful for shops, garages, showrooms, and restoration for cars, trucks, trailers, tractors, ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, furniture, equipment, and so on
Bestseller No. 5
Wheel Car Dolly - TROPOW Car Dolly Set Load Bearing 4000lbs, Wheel Dolly Car Tire Stake, Moving Cars, Trucks, Trailers, Motorcycles, 4 Pack, Black
  • 【Heavy-Duty Load Capacity】: Each car dolly in the TROPOW Wheel Car Dolly Set can support up to 1000lbs, with a combined load-bearing capacity of 4000lbs for the 4-pack set. Perfect for moving heavy vehicles effortlessly.
  • 【Versatile Vehicle Compatibility】: Designed to accommodate a wide range of vehicles, from family cars to large SUVs, pickups, and ATVs. The car dolly set is ideal for various maintenance tasks, including tire changes and vehicle repositioning.
  • 【Smooth Maneuverability】: Equipped with 3-inch rolling bearing universal casters and locking casters, ensuring smooth and controlled movement. The foot brake feature provides instant locking for added convenience and safety during use.
  • 【Enhanced Safety Features】: The concave platform with dense diamond patterns increases friction, minimizing the risk of slips or falls. This design ensures maximum safety for both the user and the vehicle.
  • 【User-Friendly Design】: Easy to use with a simple lift-and-lock mechanism. The handle design allows for convenient storage and portability, making it easy to hang in your garage or carry in your trunk.
Bestseller No. 6
Goplus Convertible Hand Truck, 3-in-1 Metal Dolly Cart with 4 Rubber Wheels, 1000 lbs Max Load Capacity, Heavy-Duty Industrial Collapsible Cart for Transport & Moving in Warehouse, Home, Supermarket
  • 【3-in-1 Convertible Design】The convertible hand truck can be switched among 3 configurations: straight up which is flexible to use, tilted back which is more effort-saving and laid flat for larger capacity. Such a unique design is tailored for dynamic use in any moving or transport scenario.
  • 【Ultra-Strong Load Capacity】Constructed from high-strength metal frame, the hand truck will withstand multiple heavy-load works and long-time use. The upright bearing capacity is 800 lbs, and the plate bearing capacity is up to 1000 lbs.
  • 【Smooth & Stable Rolling】The hand truck features 4-wheel design, 2 of which are 10” large and thickened wheels, ensuring simple movement in different modes. Moreover, the other 2 are lockable universal wheels, making the dolly easy to brake.
  • 【User-Friendly Design】Multiple well-designed details improve your using experience. The non-slip handle is easy to grip. And the hand truck can be firmly kept in one mode with the fixing lever and safety latch.
  • 【Versatile Usage】The dolly cart also comes with a functional binding rope for better fixation. And it will bring convenience and save effort in multiple occasions, such as warehouse, garage, tool room, moving and so on.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Heavy Duty Car Dolly 4 Pack, 6000 lbs Wheel Dolly Car Tire Stake with Brakes, Car Tire Dolly Cart with Wheels, Vehicle Dollies for Moving, Car Repair
  • Sturdy Construction: PioneerWorks car moving dollies are made of a one-piece thickened steel platform that is durable and rust-resistant, and the 4-piece set can hold a total of 6,000lbs, so you don't have to worry about bending and damage, even when lifting heavy vehicles
  • Large Weight Capacity: The vehicle dolly features upgraded nylon wheels, each dolly holds 1500 lbs, and 4 dollies hold a total of 6000 lbs making it a breeze to move medium/heavy vehicles; Platform Size: 16''L x 12'' W, Wheel Diameter: 3''
  • Easy to Move: Heavy duty wheel dolly is equipped with four 3-inch 360° swivel casters, including two locking casters, which can be moved in all directions and braked at any time, suitable for one-person work; the casters are designed with ball bearings so that they can walk smoothly even on rough surfaces; the car dolly cart side handle makes it easy to carry and hang it
  • Antiskid Design: The sturdy steel platform surface features a diamond pattern that fits the wheels perfectly, increasing friction and preventing the vehicle from sliding; the center recessed anti-skid design is used to hold the vehicle tires in place, maximizing protection for you and your vehicle
  • Multiple Functions: The V-shaped design of the car wheel dolly is suitable for a wide range of tire sizes, up to a maximum of 12-inch tire width, making it suitable for a wide range of vehicles: automobiles, trucks, trailers, tractors, ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, furniture, and other equipment; For a wide range of scenarios: body shops, towing companies, parking lots, showrooms, and other must-have
Bestseller No. 8
Simpli-Magic Steel Pneumatic Hand Truck Dolly - 600-Lb. Capacity, 10in. Tires, Premium American Red Finish
  • Steel Utility Truck: Perfect for moving appliances, boxes, tools and other heavy duty hauls; Hand truck features a versatile P handle for one hand operation and 10" solid wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Steel Rolling Cart: The heavy duty steel gauge constructed frame with red powder coat finish ensures stability and durability on the job
  • Made to Last: Our durable and long-lasting tools help you with home, garage and industrial projects; With professional grade quality, easily repair and fix issues with our tool cabinet essentials
  • Superior Instruments: Simpli-Magic provides quality and innovative hand trucks, dollies, moving blankets, and outdoor equipment for construction, woodworking, mechanical maintenance and home repair
  • MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS: Widely used for indoor and outdoor loading and unloading or moving,Such as warehouse,garden,construction site,hypermarket,office.
Bestseller No. 9
VIVOHOME Heavy Duty Vehicle Mover Dolly of 4 Piece, Wheel Dolly Car Stakes 6000lbs Capacity, Car Roller Dolly Moving Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Red
  • STURDY CONSTRUCTION - Constructed of heavy-duty and thick steel plate that is powder-coated, the VIVOHOME Heavy Duty 4 Tire Wheel Dolly is durable and rust-resistant; It will not bend or damage easily during use even with heavy objects on it
  • LARGE WEIGHT CAPACITY - Each car dolly consists of a plate measuring 16 x 11.7 inches (L x W) and 4 wheels measuring 3 inches in diameter, making it able to support up to 1500 lbs. (6000 lbs. In total); This set of 4 tire skates make moving vehicles of medium and heavy wheels a breeze
  • ANTISKID SURFACE & RECESSED CENTER - The wheel dollies feature a steel plate with diamond treads that increase friction and prevent slip; Its recessed center works for balance and keeps the auto tire securely in place
  • UNIVERSAL WHEELS - 4 swivel casters allow for mobility in all directions, which is suitable for single-person work; Each dolly is equipped with 2 wheels that have a braking function for quick stops; Note: The braking wheels should be assembled on the same side
  • MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS - These dollies are equipped with a convenient handle that makes it easy for you to carry or hang; Useful for shops, garages, showrooms, and restoration for cars, trucks, trailers, tractors, ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, furniture, equipment, and so on
Bestseller No. 10
MaxWorks 50915 Polypropylene Dolly-200-lb Capacity, Black
  • Lightweight and Durable: Constructed from lightweight polypropylene material that won't rust or chip, ensuring long-lasting use without compromising on quality.
  • High Weight Capacity: This dolly has a maximum distributed weight capacity of 200 lbs., making it suitable for moving a variety of items.
  • Non-Slip Surface: The solid molded platform features a ridged non-slip surface, providing stability and grip when moving narrow items or supporting furniture legs.
  • Smooth Mobility: Equipped with two 3" swivel castors and two 3" rigid castors, allowing for easy movement in various directions and ensuring smooth transportation.
  • Convenient Handle: The built-in carry handle makes it easy to position and move the dolly wherever you need it, adding to its convenience and usability.
Bestseller No. 11
Bucket Dolly with Grit Trap,5 Gallon Rolling Bucket Dolly with 5 Rolling Swivel Casters,Removable Bucket Dolly for Car Wash Professional Detailing for Car Washing Detailing Smoother Maneuvering
  • Polypropylene Material - The bucket trolley is made of high-quality and durable PP material with high impact resistance, toughness, acid resistance and alkali resistance. It also includes sand prevention. The bucket cart is an effective and convenient way to carry your washing bucket on the move, so you can effectively keep the water clean during the washing process.
  • Barrel Desander - The barrel insert is made of PP material, which is durable and not easy to break. The diameter is about 26.3 cm/10.24 inches, which is suitable for barrels with a diameter of 12 inches or 3 to 5 gallons. The dirt filter uses a radial stirring grid to filter the washing water to collect abrasive dirt and debris on the gloves/washing gloves and separate them at the bottom of the bucket. Avoid vortex at the bottom of the barrel and keep the paint from being scratched.
  • 360-degree Steering Wheel - This bucket tool finisher is equipped with five heavy wheel casters to achieve 360-degree easy rolling. The bucket cart makes it easy to wash the car. You don't have to move the bucket full of water to the other side of the car, but you can easily move them away!
  • Locking Design - The bucket with wheels is firmly fixed in place with three locking screws, which can support 250 pounds. Two pedal-type brake casters can effectively keep the bucket in place even on steep slopes. It is applicable to car washing, car beauty, painting assistant, construction worker, cleaner, etc.
  • Widely Application - Our rolling-bucket car is simple and practical in design, and is very popular with car drivers and repairmen. It can save energy, do not need to spend extra effort to move tools, and avoid standing and bending for a long time. The bucket cart is very suitable for car washing, car details, polishing, tire trimming, all waxing work, painting assistance, decoration assistance, etc.
Bestseller No. 12
VEVOR Electric Trailer Dolly, 5000lbs Towing Capacity, 350W 12V Trailer Jockey Wheel with 22 ft/min Moving Speed, 12''-24.8'' Adjustable Clamp Height & 8'' Rubber Tire, for Moving Trailer Caravan Boat
  • Powerful Trailer Towing Companion: With 600 lbs load capacity, our electric trailer dolly can move up to 5000 lbs trailers effortlessly. Compared with the ordinary mini movers, this trailer mover adopts a more powerful motor, reaching 22 ft/min max. moving speed. The thickness of the bracket plate is increased from 0.2 inches to 0.24 inches, and additional welding blocks are added for reinforcement.
  • Simple Installation: The bracket clamp is adjustable in the range of 12''-24.8''. Raise or lower the bracket to adjust the height of this trailer dolly with no effort for maximum convenience.
  • Move with Ease: It is equipped with an 8'' solid rotating rubber wheel, bringing you smooth rolling and free steering. Please note that this product does not contain batteries, and the bracket must be screwed firmly. NOTE: Do not use it in the rain. (Operate on hard surfaces like Asphalt/Concrete, DO NOT operate on soft surfaces like gravel, sand/loose dirt)
  • Control at Will: The handle can achieve stable and precise control, allowing you to steer the trailer mover in any direction easily. Moreover, the dolly also has an automatic braking function.
  • Secure & Stable: This product has passed the CE certification, ensuring better product quality for safer and more reliable use. Friendly note: this product is not recommended for use on ramps greater than 5 degrees, dirt roads, and gravel roads.
Bestseller No. 13
WINNTEC Safergo Truck Tire Dolly — Mounting and Demounting Aid, 350 lb. Lifting Capacity
  • BREAK THE BEAD, NOT YOUR BACK: With the Winntec SAFERGO Truck Tire Dolly, the need to manually lift a truck tire for mounting or dismounting has been eliminated
  • QUICK AND EASY TIRE MOUNT AND DEMOUNT: Simply slide the rollers underneath the tire and use the jack handle to raise it to the desired height
  • PERFECTLY POSITIONED EVERY TIME: Every SAFERGO Truck Tire Dolly comes with a Gaither O-LINE-R so you’re assured a perfectly positioned tire every time
  • GREAT FOR LIFTING HEAVY TRUCK TIRES: Built to handle heavy loads such as tires on trucks, trailers, OTR, and AG vehicles
  • QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST: Founded in 1988, Gaither Tool Co. is based in Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.A. and invents and manufactures convenient tools and systems needed to service and maintain tires and wheel assemblies
Bestseller No. 14
MaxWorks 50840 High Visibility Yellow 300-lb Capacity Movers Dolly with 4 Swivel Casters, 19-1/2" x 14-1/2" Platform
  • Constructed from high-impact, durable yellow polypropylene material that won't rust or chip and is easy to clean
  • Includes four 3" swivel castors to allow easy movement in 360° directions
  • Solid molded platform features a ridged non-slip surface that is ideal for moving narrow items or supporting furniture legs
  • Built-in carry on handle for easy positioning and makes it easy to move dolly
  • Platform size is 19-1/2" x 14-1/2". for maximum probability and compact
SaleBestseller No. 15
AR-PRO Heavy Duty Panel Dolly - 600LB Weight Capacity, Up to 9" Width Capacity with 8" Solid Rubber Wheels - Sturdy Adjustable Panel Cart for Panel Mover, Wood Mover, Drywall Mover and Door Dolly
  • 1. Robust Panel Dolly Cart: With a robust 600 lbs load-bearing capacity, our panel mover dolly ensures seamless handling of large-scale products, safeguarding materials during transportation for ultimate quality protection.
  • 2. Adjustable Clamp Panel Cart: Effortlessly adaptable side plates, ranging from 0 in to 9 in (0 ~230mm), make it ideal for Wood, Drywall, Door Dolly, and heavy equipment transport, effectively addressing any material handling challenge.
  • 3. Smooth Rolling Non-Flat Tires: Equipped with two 8-inch solid rubber wheels, providing quiet and noiseless operation while gliding smoothly across surfaces.
  • 4. Strong and Durable Construction: Made from alloyed steel, the clamping plate measures 16" x 8.26” (412x210mm), boasting exceptional strength and durability. The painted finish offers resistance to abrasion, ensuring long-lasting performance not easily rust or aging.
  • 5. Triangular Anti-Slip Knob: The unique triangular knob design enables fast and secure adjustments, enhancing the panel cart's stability during use.
Bestseller No. 16
【Upgrade with Brake】 Furniture Dolly, Furniture Movers with 4 360° Rotatable Rubber Universal Wheels, Carbon Steel Panel Heavy Duty Moving Base Tools with Brake & Lifter, Maximum Load 3000LBS
  • High Quality Material - Our furniture dolly's is made of thickened carbon steel for maximum strength and durability. longer carbon steel pry bar can save Physical strength to lift objects easily.
  • Rubber Wheels - Unlike plastic wheels of other products, the wheels of our furniture movers are made of rubber, which are widened and thickened, making them quiet and flexible to move without damaging the floor.
  • Not Easy to Slide Out of Furniture - Each furniture dolly has a size of 8 "x 8", and each steel panel is covered with a layer of silicone gasket to ensure the stability of the furniture dolly during transportation.
  • Double Ball Bearings - This furniture rolling dolly is equipped with 4 dual ball bearing wheels, it make transporting heavy items more stably and smoothly to any direction that you want, whether on wooden floors, tile floors, or carpets.
  • Products Lists - Furniture movers with 4 wheels,including four 8 " x 8"moving dollies,1 x pry bar with silicone sleeve ,1 x pair of safety gloves.
SaleBestseller No. 17
biosp Heavy Duty Adjustable Wheel Dolly, 440 LBS Load Capacity Alloy Metal Easy Lift Truck Car Tire Cart Dollies Garage Moving Tool with Adjustable Roller for Workshop Mechanic Trolley Gray-Yellow
  • 【Rugged Material】Tire cart dolly is made of heavy-duty strong construction metal steel which last its service life, sleek industral coated for water-proof, durable used, and corrosion resistant.
  • 【Ergonomic Design】Ergonomically designed handle, shaped for ideal balance and positioning. 38 inches long and soft touch handle and grip is more fit the need of mechanic for who can easy control and lift the wheel dolly, and support to hold up maximum weight 440 lbs.
  • 【Wide Applications】Equiped with 2 pcs 9.6 inch length 360 degree swivel rollers and 4 inch moving wide wheel to satisfy your demand for smoothly, quickly move, Significantly reduces the effort when installing the tires onto the rotor/drum.
  • 【Adjustable Width】Adjustable roller spread of dolly tires from 12"(304mm) to 24"(609mm) to meet your different heavy car tire transport or changing requietment, especially during maintain or mounting for precise positioning of the tires.
  • 【Damage Free】In addition to saving on labor and time, using the wheel dolly will also allow for saving an accidental damage to expensive rim while servicing.
Bestseller No. 18
WINNTEC Rolling Wheel Dolly for Changing Car, Truck, Skid Steer, ATV, and Trailer Tires, Tire Lift for Large and Small Vehicles, 3 Roller Positions, 485 Pound Capacity
  • MAKES CHANGING TIRES QUICK AND EASY: The Winntec Truck Wheel Dolly is the easiest and safest way to install and uninstall wheels from commercial vehicles
  • HEAVY DUTY DESIGN: Our wheel dollies feature super strength industrial bearings that are made to last through constant wear and tear and can stand up to daily use while lifting and moving heavy tires and wheels
  • EXTRA LONG ROLLERS: Each dolly features longer rollers than most other models, which makes it even easier to handle super single tires and has 3 different positions for the rollers depending on the tire size
  • FITS MOST STANDARD WHEELS: Our dolly can accommodate most standard size tires or wheels that measure from 6.5 inches to 24.5 inches, including super singles
  • QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST: Founded in 1988, Gaither Tool Co. is based in Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.A. and invents and manufactures convenient tools and systems needed to service and maintain tires and wheel assemblies.
SaleBestseller No. 19
WEN 1320 lbs. Capacity 18 in. x 30 in. Hardwood Furniture Moving Dolly, Two Pack
  • Includes two furniture dollies measuring in at 18 x 30 x 5 inches
  • Each pair of dollies handles a 2000-pound static load and a 1320-pound dynamic load
  • Four ball-bearing swivel casters make for easy rolling in any direction
  • Perfect for workshops, schools, offices, garages, and more.Material:Birch
  • Hardwood body combined with the carpeted ends prevents scuffing and marring to sensitive cargo
SaleBestseller No. 20
MOTOOS Snowmobile Car Tire Repair Tools Wheel Dolly Set of 4 Mover, 3", Vehicle Auto Repair Moving Car Dolly Set, Black Body Hammers and Dollies, Black
  • 【What you get】4 Heavy duty Premium easy to push double ball bearing vehicle dollies (each with 4 dual bearing swivel casters, with 2 brakes)
  • 【Size】Size/Dimensions: Capacity: 1,500 lbs each (6,000 lbs total for set of 4), 15-3/4" wide x 12" long, 3" diameter wheels
  • 【Material】Heavy duty powder coated thick diamond plate steel construction, strong polycarbonate surface dual bearing wheel casters; each dolly has a handle for easy carrying and hanging
  • 【Smooth】Radial ball bearing wheel axles for smooth one-person pushing, Each dolly has a convenient carry handle
  • 【Why buy】This auto wheel dolly is ideal for moving Trucks & Cars, save space in garage & jobsites

A radial dolly is a type of camera dolly that uses a circular track to create a smooth, radial motion. This type of camera dolly is often used in video productions. It is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to create unique shots that are impossible with traditional linear dollies.

There are a few different ways to create a radial dolly shot. The most popular and well-known method is to use a circular track, which can be either purchased or homemade.

If you decide to make your track, you will need to ensure that it is strong enough to support the weight of your camera and dolly. You will also need to ensure that the track is smooth so your camera can move freely along it.

Another popular method for creating radial dolly shots is to use a jib arm. This type of setup is often used in conjunction with a linear dolly, as it allows you to create both linear and radial motions. This is a great option if you want to be able to create both types of shots, but it can be a bit more expensive than just using a circular track.

Regardless of your method, radial dolly shots can add a lot of interest and flair to your video productions. If you are looking for a way to add some unique shots to your repertoire, then radial dollies are definitely worth considering.

how to make a radial dolly

What Is A Radial Dolly Used For?

A radial dolly is used to create a smooth radial motion in your shots. This is especially helpful when you want to dolly in or out on a subject.

A radial dolly is a type of camera dolly that allows the camera to move in a circular motion. It is a small, wheeled platform that can be attached to the bottom of a camera. This allows the camera to move in a radial pattern, rather than just up and down or side to side.

It is used to create a smooth, curved track for a camera or other equipment. This type of dolly can be used to film around objects or create a flowing effect with the camera. It can be used to create effects such as a dolly zoom, in which the camera moves away from or towards the subject while the lens’s focal length remains the same.

This type of dolly is often used in music videos and other productions where the camera needs to move around a central object. This can be useful for moving large pieces of furniture or creating a rotating effect in video or photography. It can also be used to move around large objects in a radial or circular manner.

This tool is used in filmmaking and video production. It allows the camera operator to move the camera in a radial pattern, rather than just up and down or side to side. This can be very useful for creating dynamic shots.

How Does A Radial Dolly Work?

A radial dolly is a wheeled support system that enables camera crews to film in tight spaces and get shots that would be otherwise impossible. A radial dolly has a wheel at each corner, which allows it to rotate in any direction. This is different from a traditional dolly, which has two wheels in the front and two in the back and can only move forwards and backward.

Radial dollies are often used in commercials and music videos, where the camera needs to move around a lot, or in movies where there are chase scenes or other activities taking place in small spaces. They can also be used for more static shots, like when filming a conversation between two people in a small room.

Radial dollies are not easy to use, and it takes practice to get smooth shots with them. They are also more expensive than traditional dollies, so they are not always an option for small productions. However, if you need to get creative and get shots that would be impossible with a traditional dolly, a radial dolly is the way to go.

When Do You Need To Use A Radial Dolly?

how to make a radial dolly

A radial dolly is most often used to create a smooth, uninterrupted track for a camera or other piece of equipment. This can be especially important when creating a shot that moves in or around a character or object.

By using a radial dolly, you can help to ensure that the movement looks natural and doesn’t call attention to the track itself. It can be especially handy when you are shooting in a tight space or on uneven ground. They are often used in music videos and commercials.

A radial dolly is a way to go if you need to create a smooth, curved tracking shot. They are also great for getting low-angle shots, or shots that would be difficult to get with a traditional camera dolly. There are a few instances when you might need to use a radial dolly.

Additionally, in case you are filming a scene that takes place on a curved or circular surface, then you will need to use a radial dolly in order to get the perfect shot. This dolly allows you to move around the curved surface while keeping the camera in the same spot. This is perfect for shots that require a lot of movement and gives you the ability to capture all the action.

Or if you are filming a scene with a lot of people in it and you need to get a wide shot, then you will need to use a radial dolly. This is perfect for shots that need to capture the energy of a large group of people. This type of dolly allows you to move the camera around the perimeter of the crowd while still getting a clear shot of everyone.

Some Notes When Using The Radial Dolly

There are a few things to keep in mind when using a radial dolly. First, make sure that the dolly is set up correctly. This means that the wheels should be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the camera. If the dolly is not set up correctly, it can cause the camera to veer off course.

Second, be sure to practice using the dolly before you attempt to use it on a shoot. This will help you get a feel for how it works and ensure that you are comfortable using it. Finally, always make sure that the dolly is properly secured before you begin moving it. This will help prevent any accidents from happening.

When used correctly, a radial dolly can be a great way to create smooth, uninterrupted camera movement. Just be sure to set it up correctly and practice using it before you attempt to use it on a shoot.

How To Make A Radial Dolly Step-By-Step

First, you must prepare enough materials and tools before starting. Here we have a list of all necessary things for you to refer to.

  • Plywood
  • High-grit sandpaper
  • Ruler or a straight edge
  • Circular saw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Stiles
  • 1-inch hole saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Paint or a sealant 
how to make a radial dolly

Step 1: Plan the Design of Your Dolly

Before you start cutting any wood, you must first plan your radial dolly’s design. Sketch a basic design or use a computer program to help you with the dimensions. Once you have the dimensions down, you can begin gathering your materials.

Step 2: Cut the Pieces for Your Dolly

Cut the pieces for your dolly according to your dimensions using a circular saw. Be sure to sand down the edges of each piece with high-grit sandpaper so that they are smooth.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces of Your Dolly

Begin assembling the pieces of your dolly by attaching the stiles to the sides of the plywood base. Use construction adhesive to attach the stiles, drill pilot holes, and screw them in place.

Step 4: Cut a Hole for the Wheel

Use a 1-inch hole saw to cut a hole in the center of your dolly base. This is where the wheel will go. If your dolly has a handle, make sure to cut the hole in the center.

Step 5: Paint or Seal Your Dolly

Once the hole is cut, you can then paint or seal your dolly. This will help protect it from the elements and keep it looking good for years to come.

There you have it! Now you know how to make a radial dolly. This project is simple and only requires a few materials. Plus, it is a great way to get those wheels rolling!

How To Use A Radial Dolly Step-By-Step

Radial dollies can be a great way to get some extra distance out of your shots, and they are not too difficult to use. In this guide, we will show you how to set up and use a radial dolly step by step.

Step 1: Put Dolly On A Level Surface

To start, place your tripod in the center of the radial dolly. Make sure the legs are locked in place and that the tripod is level. Then, extend the arms of the radial dolly until they reach the edge of your frame. Make sure the dolly is on a level surface. If it is not, the camera will wobble, and your shots will be shaky.

Step 2: Mount Camera On

Next, mount your camera on the dolly. A radial dolly is a great way to get smooth, gliding shots. In order to use it, you will need to set it up on a level surface and then mount your camera on it. You will need to use a tripod or other support to keep the camera steady.

Step 3: Start Shooting

Now it is time to start shooting. For each shot, rotate the radial dolly around the tripod a little bit. This will give you a slightly different angle and help you avoid repeating yourself.

Step 4: Move It Around In A Circle

Once the camera is mounted, you can start moving it around in a circle. Start slowly at first, and then increase the speed as you get comfortable with the dolly. As you move the camera, keep your shots smooth by keeping your hands steady and avoiding sudden movements.

When you are finished, simply dismount the camera and fold up the dolly. It is that easy! Once you have all the shots you need, simply collapse the radial dolly and pack it up. And that is all there is to using a radial dolly! With just a little bit of practice, you will be able to get some great results.

Advantages And Disadvantages When Making And Using Radial Dolly

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Advantages

For Making

  • Easy to use
  • Compact size
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Multiple uses

For Using

  • Increased production rates
  • Increased quality of production
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased safety
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Increased lifespan of tools
  • Greater accuracy 
  • Enhanced performance 

Disadvantages

For Making

  • It can be difficult to get the dolly perfectly round.
  • The dolly might not be perfectly balanced, which could make it difficult to move.
  • It can be tricky to keep the radial motion consistent when filming.
  • You need a lot of space to set up a radial dolly shot.
  • It can be time-consuming to set up a radial dolly shot.

For Using

  • The dolly creates a lot of noise, which can be disruptive and annoying.
  • It can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • The radial dolly is bulky and takes up a lot of space.
  • It can be expensive to purchase or rent.
  • You need to have a strong arm to use it effectively.

Are There Any Alternative Options For A Radial Dolly?

There are definitely alternative options for a radial dolly. One option is to use a pipe or some other cylindrical object as the main shaft and then attach smaller wheels or rollers to it. Another option is to build a simple frame out of wood or metal and then attach either small wheels or skateboard bearings to the frame.

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Whichever option you choose, make sure that the materials you use are strong and durable enough to support the weight of your camera and any other equipment you might be using.

Some Tips For Using A Radial Dolly Effectively

A radial dolly effect can be created by filming from a stationary position and rotating the camera around the subject. This can be done with a regular camera or a motion-controlled system.

Use A Wide Lens

When using a radial dolly, it is important to use a wide lens in order to create a more dramatic effect. This will help emphasize the dolly’s movement and create a more powerful visual impact.

Tight Camera Level Balance

It is important to keep the camera level when using a radial dolly. It is also important to keep the camera’s field of view centered on the subject. Tilting the camera will create an unbalanced look in the final video.

Avoid Shaking Camera

Use a tripod or mount your camera on a solid surface to avoid any camera shake. This will help to keep the shot stable and create a more realistic effect.

Try Different Speeds

Experiment with different speeds to create different effects. Slower speeds will create a more fluid effect, while faster speeds will create a more jarring effect.

Add Extra Effects

When editing, be sure to add in any additional effects that you want to create, such as sound effects or visual effects. With a little creativity, you can create some truly amazing radial dolly shots!

Use A Tripod With A Fluid Head

To create smooth radial dolly shots, it is best to use a tripod with a fluid head. This will allow you to make small adjustments to the camera’s position without jostling the frame.

Consider The Background

It is also important to consider the background when setting up a radial dolly shot. A busy background can be distracting and take away from the effect of the rotating camera. Choose a background that is simple and uncluttered.

Practice Before Attempting

Finally, be sure to practice before attempting a radial dolly shot on actual subjects. This will help you get a feel for how the camera moves and how to keep it level. You can create smooth, professional-looking radial dolly shots with a little practice.

With these tips in mind, you will be able to create stunning shots using a radial dolly. Just remember to have fun and experiment to see what looks best for your project.

Make Some Q&As Together

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Q: What can you use a radial dolly for?

A: Radial dollies can be used for various purposes, including moving heavy items and helping with the stability of your vehicle. When using a radial dolly, make sure that all four wheels are in contact with the ground at all times. This will help to ensure stability and reduce the risk of accidents. Additionally, always use caution when operating a radial dolly around children or pets.

Q: What type of camera equipment can be used with a radial dolly?

A: A radial dolly can be used with a wide variety of camera equipment, including DSLRs, video cameras, and smartphones. In terms of lenses, a radial dolly can be used with anything from a wide-angle lens to a telephoto lens.

A tripod is typically needed for DSLRs to keep the camera steady while shooting. For video cameras, a monopod or tripod can be used, depending on the weight and size of the camera.

Q: What size should the radius be for my radial dolly?

A: The radius of the radial dolly should be at least as large as the widest object you will be moving. For example, if you are moving a stack of boxes that is 3 feet wide, you will need a radial dolly with a radius of at least 3 feet.

Q: Can I use a skateboard as part of my radial dolly build?

A: Yes, a skateboard can be used as part of a radial dolly build, but it is important to make sure that the skateboard is in good condition and that all of the screws and bolts are tightened properly.

In General

The radial dolly is a great way to move large or heavy objects without having to strain yourself. It can be made with simple materials that you may already have lying around your house and is easy to put together. If you need to move something big and don’t want to hassle with trying to carry it, give the radial dolly a try – you will be glad you did! Besides, learning how to make a radial dolly also helps you save a not small amount.

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