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ForestGrl

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#1 posted 08-26-2015 04:55 AM

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I have a 15 year old heavy-duty HTC mobile base that holds my Grizzly 17 inch bandsaw that weights over 600 pounds. Over the last two years the plastic wheels have been falling apart.

[Snip] Each caster is rated at 330 pounds. My only concern is that I have no experience with cast iron wheels rolling across concrete. The concrete is old and rough with maybe 1/16 to 1/8 inch variations.

How well will cast iron hold up on rough concrete?

I e-mailed Grizzly this question on Monday and so far they have not bothered to get back with me, so I turn to LumberJocks for advice.

- WoodNSawdust

Your floor and mine are long-lost siblings—the rough concrete is a royal pain. The wheels you linked to seem small in diameter to get smooth moving over said concrete, and it’s hard for me to imagine iron wheels in that situation. I’ve used the black plastic wheels, and they’ve performed dismally. My tools (heaviest being a 14” bandsaw, not as heavy as yours for sure, and the clamp rack that holds the big parallel clamps, Jorgies and Jets, 18 or so of them) have or will be converting to the orange casters (polyurethane). Quality varies for sure, so far I’ve been OK with the $8 ones from Home Depot, they’re 3”D. You can get heavier ones, I think, from Woodcraft, et al.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)


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