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Bora Roller Stand: Dissapointing

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Review by Kelly posted 03-16-2021 05:26 PM 1826 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, now I know. Buy another different stand.

I bought the stand because I must have forgotten the other one of two on a job site. It’s been AWOL for several years and I wanted an adjustable stand for each end of my bandsaw log sled.

It went together easy enough.

The adjustable top is a roller and mount held to a wedged shaped shaft by two screws.

The adjustable shaft is composed of a piece of U shaped metal with a piece of flat stock welded in the U-channel (about 1/8” in from from the edges).

The locking crank fits best by inserting the shaft with the indented side toward it.

The metal piece welded in the U shaped wedge shaped shaft is soft enough, cranking down to insure it won’t collapse, while supporting an 80# log on the sled base, leaves dips/dents that might qaulify as “pre-sets” on down the road. Unfortunately, if you want to set the roller up or down and the newly added “pre-sets” are too near, it’s hard to get it locked to where you want it.

The wedge idea seems like a good idea, since you have to keep backing off the locking mechanism to lower the roller.

The two screws holding the roller 90 to the sliding support didn’t stay tight long. It may be a good idea to install larger bolts, flat and lock washers and a nut. Too, if the stand will be put to use anywhere near the the weight limits it claims to support, it may even be a good ideal to add more support braces across that area.

Compared to the two stands I picked up from a big box, this is a week-ender unit and good for supporting weight rated at far less than is indicated in related advertising (e.g., holding up a 2×4’s or 2×6’s).




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#1 posted 03-17-2021 02:43 PM

Appreciate the review on what should be a pretty basic item. It’s not hugely more expensive that the HD version, but I’ve not had any of the issues with the adjustment on the HD versions (thought I’ve probably only supported a max of 50 lbs on one). The indentions are a problem long term for sure.

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#2 posted 03-17-2021 10:02 PM

Based on reviews, evidently the Bora 8’ straight edge clamp also sucks. To thin not to bend in middle. Bora beware!

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#3 posted 03-17-2021 10:54 PM

I see the Bora fold up support that looks like a hundred glass tent poles and my scoff meter came on. I know the concept is do-able, but…..

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#4 posted 03-18-2021 06:55 PM

I purchased this stand also and instantly broke the tiny welds that hold that thin flatstock in the U-channel. I fixed it by cutting two wedge pieces of wood and inserting them between the flat piece and the U-channel. They act as a support for the thin piece. i would not purchase this stand if I was in the market again.

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#5 posted 04-19-2021 12:28 AM

I bought this stand a couple of years ago. I use it when ripping longer pieces on my table saw. Works okay for what it is. Haven’t tried supporting more than a sheet of 3/4 CDX though.

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#6 posted 04-27-2021 04:44 PM

I have the kobalt version that looks very similar. I always had trouble with the need for support and the sag in the wood not meeting at the same point. I hate working solo and seeing the board hit the roller and start moving the stand. The solution is this
The way the paddle pivots it can cover the entry point of a little sag and adjust when the board presses it flat without getting pushed over.

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