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Old 12-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They look great and have great reviews... but they're ever so pricey! Are they really worth it, or should I just get a cheaper saucer/wheel? Also, those who have litter pans, do your hedgehogs actually use them and are they helpful?

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a fairly standard price range for bucket wheels, although the cost of shipping might make a difference. I'm usually willing to pay a few extra bucks for I product I know to be good and lasting, and a bucket wheel really is the best type, in my opinion.

If you want to keep shopping around, keep in mind that the wheel needs to be a solid, smooth surface. Otherwise any bumps or holes could injure their foot pads, rip toenails, etc.
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The shipping adds to the cost quite a bit, unfortunately. Are basic 12", smoother surface wheels okay?
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where are you located? There's other breeders & people that make bucket wheels to sell. You could check around at local breeders or ones in nearby states & see if anyone closer to you sells them, might make shipping cheaper. You can also make bucket wheels yourself, but it does require some certain tools, I believe. There's tutorial videos on youtube, if you want to take a look.

Honestly, if you do buy a bucket wheel, it's going to be worth your money. The only store-bought wheels that are safe are Flying Saucers (some people have mentioned issues with poop flinging, but not all owners have had trouble with that) or Comfort Wheels (which are kind of hard to clean & require some soaking because of little ridges on the running surface, and they're a bit loud, though that's fixable with some minor adjustments). Both of those wheels are $20 like bucket wheels, without the shipping cost. IMO, the extra money for shipping is well worth the fact that the bucket wheels are the safest you can get, very quiet, and very easy to clean.
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Yep. I think there are also instructional videos out there somewhere if you want to look into making your own.
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Yep. I think there are also instructional videos out there somewhere if you want to look into making your own.
I was actually just watching one! I think I'll stick with that.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Price it out before you buy supplies. I'm a DIYer and have lots of power tools, still found it cheaper to order one from LarryT. The deal break on making my own was the skate wheel, which I could only find expensive ones...
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Very true, I'll have to add everything up. Thanks!
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