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Old 03-30-2017, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

Simple question - which one do you think is best?

Which do you use and what are the pro's and cons?
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

Silent Runner. It's easier to clean, take apart and use. It's silent. It spins much better. It's much safer and no places to get trapped and no spindle.

Having said that wodent wheels are very good but I reckon only if they're hung upside down or they're a pain. I've had the largest size (Wobust) and the Silent Runner knocks spots off it.

The Silent runner has a one-piece sturdy solid metal stand. Nowhere for hammies to get stuck between wheel and stand (not very likely but our hammy did get his leg stuck once in his wobust wheel). That's one of the reasons I find it much safer, more sturdy so not going to move or fall over and a better height so there's room for some substrate underneath it. Having said that, it is only safe if it's put together properly! The instructions aren't that clear - there should be no gap at either side of the joining strip - the front and back pieces need to be pressed firmly on to avoid that, but once you've done it once it's a piece of cake.

Also if you wanted the wheel mounted to bars the Silent Runner is much much better - but costs more - the mounting plates cost an extra 5 or so but then you can put the wheel anywhere in the cage at whatever height you want. So I had our wheel so it was only just 1cm from the top of the cage (meaning a hamster couldn't fall onto it) and leaving a good 10 to 12cm underneath it for substrate. The wodent wheels can be attached to the bars but only in either a corner or on a roof top where there is no door to foul up the stand. They do work much better hung from the roof though and no slipping about.

Although the Silent runner is a good 3cm bigger than the senior wodent wheel, it doesn't seem too big because it's not massively deep like the Wobust wheel. It's 9cm deep. The wodent wheel is 7cm deep so more compact, but might not be deep enough for a larger hamster. I didn't like the idea of fur rubbing against the sides of a wheel if it wasn't deep enough. The Silent Runner is also quite compact depthwise just taller. Plus it's silent Really silent! It spins really easily and is a bit lighter weight I think, despite being bigger, but not flimsy either.

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Old 03-30-2017, 04:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

I personally think the silent runner is my favorite it's silent, high quality, and smooth running which I love. The wodent wheel is also super high quality though so it really is a tough call but I guess I can list a few pros and cons of each

Silent runner: pros
-high quality thick plastic resistant to chewing
-enclosed for timid hams
-comes in large sizes
-smooth spinning
-solid heavy base so it cannot fall or be squeezed under

Wodent wheel: pros
-fairly resistant to chewing
-silent (unless of course you lose the pin )
-comes in large sizes
-enclosed for more timid hams
-base can't hurt hamsters if it were to somehow become jostled
-smooth running

Silent runner: cons
-heavy base could *possibly* hurt your hamster if it were to somehow fall on the (this is a stretch though as I can't really find any other cons)
-costly up front

Wodent wheel: cons
-somewhat thinner plastic though durable, so more susceptible to damage via chewing
-open bases sometimes, though rarely, have been known to cause problems with hamsters getting caught
-costly up front

Having used both, I can tell you they're both good wheels and either one will work just fine!
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

I use both wheels too, but wouldn't consider anything else but the Silent Runner for a Syrian.

The dwarf hammys get the junior Wodent Wheels
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:52 AM   #5
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Default Re: Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

I took the plunge and after all my debating, with which of these wheels to get after reading your posts (and waiting for pay day)

I got the silent I just hope it gets here quick. I am not exactly patient when I get excited about something!
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:23 AM   #6
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Default Re: Wodent wheel or Silent Runner

Good choice. I love my silent runners because they are silent.

Also love the wooden karlie wheels which are silent apart from the sound of little feet.
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Old 04-07-2017, 07:10 AM   #7
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I prefer Silent Spinner 'cause it's silent.
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