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Forum topic by bill1608 posted 06-24-2017 07:36 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2017 07:36 PM

I made this base for my planer so that I could move it with a mini pallet jack. It only raises the planer 2.75” and makes it effortless to move. I like to use pallet style bases for some machines that are not moved often, like the drill press, air compressor, etc. I made some torsion box bases with feet spaced apart so that the mini jack can come in from any direction. Those bases work well on tools like drill presses and air compressors because the 6” of added height isn’t a problem.

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#1 posted 06-24-2017 07:45 PM

Seems like it would be more stable then using casters. Great idea.


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#2 posted 06-24-2017 08:12 PM

And the base can even be even bigger than the original for more stability when moving, like for a top heavy drill press or air compressor. To benefit, you would have to bolt the machine to the base of course. Pallet jacks can lift and maneuver heavy things effortlessly. I like the mini pallet jack for most things because it can lift enough weight and it is much smaller to maneuver in tight spaces. It is so light weight, you can just pick up the front end of the forks and swing it around if needed.

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#3 posted 06-25-2017 12:58 AM

I do the same thing with my heavier machines.
I’m 6’1” and don’t mind the height increase.

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#4 posted 06-25-2017 05:25 AM

I agree with the height increase. I’m 6’-5”. Great idea. I modified my jet 16×42 lathe to fit me, and want to build a better base that will raise my band saw about 6”.
I stuck with casters since I don’t own a pattet jack, but have made my bases wider and taller.
But I really do like that pallet jack idea.

-- John

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#5 posted 06-25-2017 07:40 AM

Yep..Loren gave me the idea to buy the same mini pallet jack you picked up (the roughneck). Use it to move my PM66, Unisaw, and 15” planer. Basically, any 400+ lb machine. Love this thing. I use it constantly to move my planer because I have a 8” jointer bed butt up against (nearly so) the planer to save real estate. When I need to joint long pieces, I move the planer out of the way. The planer sits higher than the jointer due to the pallet stand. A nice little setup all for the sake of saving real estate :)

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#6 posted 06-25-2017 10:41 AM

Good idea.
I don’t like casters. This is a very viable alternative. I wonder how it will do on my wood floor.

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#7 posted 06-25-2017 11:16 PM

I like the idea, now to figure out where do I put the pallet jack when not in use. Can’t leave it at the end of the table saw the handle is too high. (I checked, LOL) Maybe this is good excuse for an addition to the shop?

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 01:56 AM

Finding a place to stash a little pallet jack out of the way is not a problem unless the shop is really small. A place for a full size pallet jack is a much different story. The 3rd photo shows a way to lift a band saw with an open stand. Just lift it a 1/4” off the floor and take it slow. Tipping has never been a problem.

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