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I made a commitment on a new planer but now am a little worried. I had thought all along I would get a 15" but Shop Fox is closing out their older model 20" spiral head models for less than most 15" models. I have room for it but it needs to be mobile on occasion if I need to plane some longer boards. This model does not have the built in casters. It has a shipping weight of 778 pounds. The reviews I read on Amazon about the Shop Fox mobile bases were pretty dismal, even the heavy duty ones.

I was kind of confused by the time I quit looking at them. Does anyone have a suggestion for something that will handle that kind of weight? Thanks.

Jim
 

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You are right about the Shop Fox mobile base. I have two of them and they are a real pain when you try to move something. They have two wheels that swivel and two that don't. Maybe if all four turned they would be ok. I think you could shop around for the parts and build your own and it would be a lot better. Of course, that's a lot of weight you're talking about, so you'll have to keep that in mind. Good luck.
 

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4 turnable wheels is not a good thing when it comes to big,heavy tools. I have a tool box that weighs almost 800 lbs. empty. The steering wheels are the end you push, the fixed wheels at the other end. Sometime when you're in Sears, or somewhere big tool boxes are sold, look and see how many have 4 steerable wheels. That's the only way you can control it,by yourself. I can easily roll my tablesaw anywhere I want it .
 

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That makes sense hairy. So… if you keep a machine up against the wall and have to pull it out when you're going to use it, do you place the the steering wheels in the back (next to the wall) or on the front? I have mine on the front and really have a hard time controlling where I want the machine to go.
 

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Jim, apologies for hijacking your post.

Juniorjock, I don't think there's 1 answer for every scenario. Every machine in my garage is on wheels, and I have to move the vehicles out to use the machinery. It's crowded,but I'm not complaining. I have 2 workbenches on wheels out there, and the wooden bench has 4 steerable casters, but it's not too heavy.I usually steer with the rear, and go into the parking place with the other end first. That's what works best for me.

I agree with all that has been said about shopfox mobile bases. I have 2, on a bandsaw and a drill press.They are awkward and clumsy to use. They are in my basement and don't have to be moved to use the tool.
 

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Hairy, no problem. The more info the better. My shop is 16×30. When I built it 8 years ago it was huge compared to what I had at our previous house. It was fine until my son-in-law talked me into building furniture frames for his business on a very part time basis. Pretty much any money I earn goes into new tools. Now I wish it was twice that size but that will never happen. I have to keep most of my tools on wheels and against a wall and roll them out when needed. My 36" SawStop with a 4' outfeed table, table mounted miter saw and 8" jointer do not move but everything else does. Whenever I build a frame like a 2 piece sectional with the long side sometimes up to 10 feet long and 3 feet deep cut from 14' poplar boards, I need all the floor space I can get.

I did look at the Rockler you suggested and I think that is the way I will go. Thanks.
 
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