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Old 06-19-2022, 03:43 PM   #11
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It hasn't arrived yet Engel, but has been shipped, so hopefully in the next few days I have the smaller 21cm version and it's a very easy wheel for getting in and out of as no edge to it - it can almost be at substrate level if needed. Would it be deep enough for rats though? There's also the round wood bit in the middle - could their tails get caught in that? I think it's just a decorative front to the ballbearings - when mine comes I'll check if there's a gap there.
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Old 06-23-2022, 10:12 AM   #12
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Has your wheel arrived yet? What is it like? What type of cage do you have? My rats have a 16 inch wheel in the savic plaza (they're old now with mobility issues and needed something lower level) and it's a bit of a squeeze. I have to stagger the bedding to stop everything tucking under the wheel, it's still usable but makes a lot of noise when they insist on making a nest under it.
Wheel has just been plastikoted and waiting for it to fully dry. The good news, Engel, is that wood centre piece can be screwed off completely - so then it’s safe for rat tails . The running depth is approx 8.25cm. Is that deep enough for a rat wheel?

Only thing is I am not entirely sure the 31cm wheel will fit in the plaza cage, attached to the bars. The bar height up to the top edge strip is about 32cm. So it might catch on the base at the bottom. I’ll see what happens when I put it in. Waiting to put the house and wheel in at the same time to minimise upheaval.
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Old 06-30-2022, 01:37 PM   #13
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I've been meaning to update this for a few days . I put the wheel in Raffy's cage - and the labyrinth house, a few nights ago.

Before that I put the wheel in the playpen so Raffy had a go on it first (and it would smell familiar once in the cage). He absolutely loves it! He had a go on it straight away. He went back and forth between that and his trixie wheel in the playpen a few times, then abandoned the trixie wheel entirely and spent ages in the Rodipet wheel. So I took that as a sign of approval. Now last time I tried that (with the Getzoo wheel) it was the other way round. After trying the Getzoo wheel he abandoned it and went back to the Trixie wheel. The only real difference, apart from a lip at the front on the Getzoo wheel, is it was incredibly smelly! (Like glue fumes) - so maybe that put him off. It certainly put me off!

Anyway the 31cm Rodipet is HUGE! It does fit in the cage though. Sits about a cm or two below the edge of the cage base. The wheel itself is totally silent - not even paws pattering due to the cork surface. It spins incredibly well - a bit too well at first - it carries on going round a bit after they've finished running. This was something Raffy got used to very quickly and he now stops before getting out of the wheel (I was worried he'd get "carpet burns" at first with it still going round after he jumped off and stood next to it). But he got the hang of it and absolutely loves it.

To fix it to the cage it definitely needs something to attach it to - not just straight on the bars. I didn't want to cut up the stand in case I need it in future. But I do have the stand from Pip's rodipet wheel - which is smaller but the same depth of wood. So just cut the base off that.

So basically the wheel is still screwed onto the stand, but the screw and one washer are on the outside bars. This keeps the wheel well away from the cage base and very stable. (I was concerned, with it being so big, that it might rub against the tapering cage base inside but that's not an issue as it sits well proud of the bars).

I was going to update Raffy's thread as well, as have a video of him running in it in the playpen but haven't got round to uploading the video yet. But here's a picture of the wheel in the cage.

Now although the wheel itself is completely silent, once attached to the cage there is a very slight bit of rattling occasionally (only when Raffy really hammers the wheel and thunders in it). Nothing to do with the wheel - it's the Savic Plaza - the bars aren't as strong as on cages with fixed wire tops - so it's actually the cage bars rattling slightly. But it really isn't noisy and nothing like the noise the last wheel had attached to the bars. It's very secure and stable though, and very well made.

Wish Rodipet did a 29cm wheel though! Quite a big difference between 27cm and 31cm. They are regularly out of stock the 27cm ones as well.

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Old 06-30-2022, 01:46 PM   #14
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Glad it fits in and you are both happy now.
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Old 06-30-2022, 01:54 PM   #15
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I'm happy ish except it's so big! Raffy is very happy.
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Old 07-01-2022, 04:02 AM   #16
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Looks great serendipity, I'm glad Raffy approves. Design wise, yes it would be rat friendly. Wheel size is too small for the majority of rats. My 2 are very small and use a lot of hamster size stuff so in theory for mine that'd be fine. But for my previous rats it would need to be a minimum of 14". Be interesting to see if they, or anyone else for that matter, sell larger versions.

I went for a speedyhog bucket wheel as it's a lot deeper allowing 2+ rats to run on it at the same time.
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Old 07-01-2022, 05:53 AM   #17
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Ooh that sounds interesting! I had to google them as hadn't heard of those before. What made you choose those over the Tic Tac metal bucket wheels? Depth presumably.

I think Rodipet used to do a bigger one. But I just looked at their website and all the wood/cork wheels have disappeared of their web page now. They've been showing as out of stock mostly for a long time, but looks like they're not selling them any more now. Unless they're just changing them and going to add them to the site again. But I've seen things disappear of Rodipet before.
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Old 07-07-2022, 07:13 AM   #18
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It definitely looks like Rodipet have stopped selling their wood/cork wheels. They have been removed completely from both the Uk and German sites and they're only selling the Heureka wheel. So it looks like I may have one of the last ones. It is such a shame as I think they are one of the best possible wheels. Certainly the best out of the wood/cork wheels.
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Old 07-07-2022, 08:46 AM   #19
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Ooh that sounds interesting! I had to google them as hadn't heard of those before. What made you choose those over the Tic Tac metal bucket wheels? Depth presumably.

I think Rodipet used to do a bigger one. But I just looked at their website and all the wood/cork wheels have disappeared of their web page now. They've been showing as out of stock mostly for a long time, but looks like they're not selling them any more now. Unless they're just changing them and going to add them to the site again. But I've seen things disappear of Rodipet before.
Yes it was the depth and as well as being cheaper at the time of purchase.
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