Ridgid Table Saw (R4511) Mobile Base

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Project by elbarneso posted 05-02-2012 08:54 PM 18371 views 28 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long wanted to replace the HercuLift mobile base on my R4511 table saw that I seemed to curse every time I needed to use it. However, it wasn’t until I saw the Decked out R4511 project that Paul Stoops posted here on Lumberjocks that I got to inspiration to actually do it – thanks Paul !

Although I used Paul’s basic design for the mobile base, I made a few changes:

- slightly smaller width, as I was not planning to build enclosed side storage. I also nestle my mobile flip stand next to my table saw, so I couldn’t have the width extend past the big dust door on the right
- instead of building my own angled dust chute inside the main body, I cut down and reused the plastic dust chute that came with the R4511. This also allowed me to re-use the dust connection on the back.
- to reduce dust buildup inside the table saw, I used 3/16” pieces of white foam board that was on sale at Hobby Lobby. It is not too thin, and naturally slick. I also focused on the front and back of the inside of the saw, so I did not go all out like Paul did with foil-taped inserts on the side and inside the dust door. I am going to keep an eye on dust buildup in those areas and will add more foam board if needed.
- I am leaving it unpainted, so it matches my mobile flip stand. I will probably add some shellac and paste wax similar to the flip stand.
- For the main drawer slides, I am just using some scrap hardwood on the bottom. The drawer is heavy enough to stay put by itself, and I like being able to quickly pull the whole thing out.

Regarding transferring the table saw from the stock base to my new one, I toyed with borrowing an engine lift or similar. In the end, I decided to just put some plywood under the old base to raise it up to be barely higher than the new base, locked the 4 (double-locking) wheels, and slid the table saw over on a scrap piece of Hardie Board. I did take as much as I could off the top of the saw (including the granite wing) to reduce the weight. I know some will call me stupid for doing it this way by myself, but it felt solid/safe the whole time. I think maybe struggling with the HercuLift the last couple years made me able to muscle my table saw around easily – it was like a full workout sometimes to move that thing before :-) Now it rolls like butter!

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 09:39 PM

I have GOT to do that for mine. Nice job. Did you consider just using the whole dust collection chute and mount it between the base and the saw? That’s what I was thinking. That “herculift” thing is a real pain and doesn’t work well.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 11:06 PM

Nice job, can never have enough storage and making it mobile was a great idea.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 01:11 AM

MoshupTrail – I did consider using the whole dust collection chute, but I noticed when measuring it out that too much space would get used where the drawer goes. You will notice that even after I cut it down a lot, the drawer still needed to slope down towards the back.

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Jason Watts

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 01:33 PM

Very nifty! It would be awesome looking if you paint it Rigid orange so it all looks factory!

-- - In Christ

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 02:45 PM

Nice job. Been thinking of doing something like this to my saw but was worried that it might be tippy when I run long heavy stock. Do you find that to be an issue?

-- SATISFACTION = a large pile of sawdust and a great finish when the job is done

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Grant Davis

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 03:16 PM

PILFERRED, I mean bookmarking to borrow later. FANTASTIC job.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 06:02 PM

very cool!!

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 07:15 PM

cavemancarpenter – I never noticed it being tippy, even before with the much smaller base that came with the saw, but I rarely run huge stuff (both long and heavy) through my saw.

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 10:08 PM

Ok, this is one I am definitely copying, well, sort of. I was going to build a mobile base for my craftsman 10” table saw so I could build in some table extensions but didn’t think about also putting in dust collection as well. This is moving up to a top spot on my to do list of things to build. Great work and thank you for sharing this and expect to see a number of copycats in the near future.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#10 posted 05-05-2012 01:54 PM

Great job! Thanks for sharing. Sure makes the R4511 easier to move around, doesn’t it! I agree with Jason—some paint would sure make it look spiffy!

One of the things I love about Lumberjocks is the willingness of folks to share their ideas and designs. I get a lot of ideas just seeing the great posts here. It’s great to be able to take someone’s project and modify it to meet your unique requirements.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#11 posted 04-16-2013 08:02 PM

Nice. I have headaches with the “Herculift” as well, so I need to buold this for mine. Could you post dimentions so I can replicate one? I can guess from the pictures, but it seems like yours is perfect so I don’t want to mess mine up. Thanks for helping those of us not as skilled imaging how to build something.

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#12 posted 06-23-2020 02:14 PM

Elbarneso, has any sagging happened on the mobile base with the weight from the table saw?

-- Jose

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