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Posted on How mobile are 500lb machines on bases?

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#1 posted 09-15-2021 12:28 PM

If you have a smooth floor with no deep grout or grooves, an air sled that uses the exhaust on your shop vac might be an option. I made one for my 17” Grizzly bandsaw for short moves. I should have used 3/4” instead of 1/2” plywood for the base. I think that the 1/2” flexes too much. It slides pretty effortlessly. For a jointer, because of the long base, you might need one at each end so that it lifts efficiently. Look at Silac’s other projects for more information. If I needed to move my bandsaw more frequently, I would remake it out of 3/4” plywood and do a better job to center the load to make it easier to move.
Note that there are Airsled appliance movers but were too pricey for occasional use.

Before I made the shop vac air sled I actually made a prototype air bearing based upon these Airfloat ones out of plywood and an old tire inner tube but I abandoned the idea because I only had a pancake compressor that didn’t have enough volume to be able to sustain the lift for more than about a minute. I could stand on it and as long as I kept my weight centered, I could easily slide around. I think you could make 4 smaller ones for each corner and be able to move 1000 lbs pretty easily. This is what large industrial facilities use to move tons of machinery. There are some pretty cool videos showing how they work.

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