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Posted on How mobile are 500lb machines on bases?

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#1 posted 09-15-2021 10:52 AM

500lbs? No Problem.
Tool has to be over ~1000lbs before it becomes challenge for mobile bases. With right design and larger wheels, anything is possible. Body shops routinely roll 2000 lb car body mounted to a rotating mobile base.

Success depends on quality of base and type of floor the castors need to endure?

IME – If moving heavy 400+ lb tools, you want high capacity mobile bases. For best rolling performance, suggest using a base rated at least 50% higher than tool weight.

Have an 700+lb 20” planer on 800lb rated base. While it moves OK, there is enough flex in frame that I would not want tool to be any heavier. Even with 5” castors, it is hard to start moving something weighing 700lbs. My ~300lb 8” jointer and 17” band saw are trivial to move around by comparison.

Everything in my shop is on wheels. Smaller 3” castors are royal PITA for rough surfaces, or rolling over large protuberances. Due to severe 1” crack stop grooves in concrete, my shop has 4” min castor size, and most bases use 5” wheels.
My recommended mobile base are: Grizzly Bear Crawl or Shop Fox bases for smooth floors, and Rockrap All Terrain Base for rough floors. FWIW – Did a review on All Terrain Base, compared to other bases I own. Can see the lower portion of my 8” Jointer in the review.

Best Luck.

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