Herc-U-Lift is Barely Lifting

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Forum topic by Cortland posted 07-22-2010 04:33 AM 4822 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2010 04:33 AM

Just added a Herc-U-Lift caster set to my table saw and I’m a little disappointed to find that it only lifts the saw up about ½” inch off the ground—the casters remain on the ground in either position.

After adjusting the saw’s leveling feet to just float over the floor, I’m close to getting a smooth lift and glide. But since my basement floor is quite uneven in spots, I can see that if it was lifting the leveling feet just a little higher, they wouldn’t draq on the floor’s high spots. Any Herc owners out there with a trick to get a little higher lift?

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 04:57 AM

My R4511 has the same problem, the last time I moved it, it hung on the floor in my shop and turned over it took my about an hour and a half to get it back up. I am very intreasted to see if anybody has a fix.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 05:00 PM

Loosen the bolts that connect the four corners to the frame. The instructions are poorly written and imply that they should be tight. Normal lift range for a Herculift is about two inches, but the front of the top triangle should actually move up about six inches.

How much loose is your decision, but the nylon nut can actually be tightened until the threads are just showing.

Also, double check that the front triangle is resting on top of the trapazoid four sided lower frame.

And finally, reposition the u bolt that the foot lever rides so that it has ample room (again probably just let the threads show on the back side)

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 09:57 PM


I tried the suggested fixes, but didn’t see much additional lift. All I need is about another ¼ to ½” in the front to clear the height variations of the floor. Since the triangle pushes down on the trapezoid, I stuck two ½” tall black rubber feet to the bottom of the triangle where it makes contact with the trapezoid. It worked! It gave me at least another ¼” of lift. Since it lifts and glides fine now, I’m going to leave it as is.

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 12:13 AM

I bought the Ridgid 4511 just because I liked the lift/caster system. Once I got it, it was the one thing I hated about the saw. I completely redesigned mine to do away with the system. IMO, it’s overdesigned piece of junk. YMMV.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 04:27 AM

On my ridgid lift i adjusted it so I can raise the saw up on 4 round “biscuits” that are 3/4 inch thick under the stationary feet – when i drop the wheels down this extra adjustment gives me enough clearance on my rough garage floor -

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