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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Julian,

I love to see such brilliant solutions!

L/W
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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That is a really slick solution to your issue. Good thinking on that one.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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That is a great lathe mobile base solution. Simple and effective!

630 pounds is a lot to lift with those workbench casters. You might have to do like I do with my workbench and help them out with an assist with a hydraulic jack till you can get the wheels down and locked. Do only one side at a time so the lathe doesn't tip over.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Very handy! What's the reason to didn't put them on the inside?
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Good idea. If these are the workbench castors that Rockler sells I thought that the total weight was limited to 400 pounds, so do you have any problems with them
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Thinking outside the box. Nice job !
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Dutchy; the wheels are on the outside because it would be difficult to activate the lever on the inside.
WoodNSawdust: these are not the workbench wheels.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Nicely done, looks much better than the mobile base too.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Nice Solution Glad my lathe gets to stay PUT.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Wheel Automotive tire Tire Tread Wood


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Please provide information about the wheels that you used so I can order them.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Wheel Automotive tire Tire Tread Wood


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Thanks for posting this. I didn't own one of these until this summer and my first choice of using trailer jacks didn't work to my satisfaction. I fitted wood to the inside of the tubing (overkill I'm sure) but it stiffened my Harbor Freight aluminum clamps so I did it here too. I like the way it works and it takes up less room than the jacks.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Have just gotten a new (to me) 3520 and ran across your brilliant and affordable idea. Has this lift continued to be serviceable and do you have any additional construction info you could pass along? John
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

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Great design, Julian. Two questions/ideas:

1.The two nuts at the top go each bolt are to apply "clamping" pressure to keep the fixture in place, right? I think I'll try a "long" coupling nut with a another nut beneath it. Not sure why, but think it might be helpful.
2. How have you made out independently depressing each of four levers? I was thinking of attaching a bar between each pair with some kind of modification that would accommodate a long lever.
3. Can you recommend a source for the steel tube?

Thanks very much for this helpful post.
 

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10" on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2" square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2" and only sticks out about 4" when the lathe is down.

Automotive tire Tire Asphalt Wood Wheel


Wheel Automotive tire Tire Tread Wood


Automotive exterior Bumper Automotive tire Wood Gas


Motor vehicle Automotive design Automotive tire Bumper Automotive exterior
I found the casters here;
https://www.rockler.com/caster-only-for-mobile-base

But they have no weight ratings and marginal reviews related to the weight and how well they work when engaged.
 

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