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Forum topic by Don46 posted 04-14-2018 06:54 PM 657 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2018 06:54 PM

I own a Shop Fox lathe and want to be able to move it around a concrete basement floor.
There are holes in the legs for fixing thenm to the floor.
Can I use those holes to install casters?
Or do I need a mobile base that adjusts to the legs?
I welcome your advice.

-- --Don, Folly Beach, SC

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#1 posted 04-15-2018 12:39 AM

Mobile base would be my choice.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 04-15-2018 12:52 AM

Retractable wheels that allows the lathe’s legs to rest on the floor when not being moved.

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#3 posted 04-15-2018 05:21 PM

I made a mobile base for my lathe and used the heavy duty roller/casters from Rockler on it. When ready to move step on them and they raise your equip. and you can roll around easily. When ready to use, just release them, they retract and you are back to solid. I have the main brackets on other things and just switch the rollers back and forth, saves me a little money.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 04-15-2018 06:09 PM

I used an HTC mobile base for my lathe.

I constructed a 2×4 frame that was a little larger than the dimensions between the legs of the stand. I made the rectangular frame with an added 2×4 cross-member to bolster its rigidity and overall strength. I used my biscuit joiner and glue and clamps to make all the butt joints, no fancy woodwork here. I covered that frame in 1/2” plywood which is screwed to the frame all around the edges.

Then I set up the mobile base to fit that frame, and i used short lag screws (5/16”, as I recall) up through the bottom of the base at each corner to secure the wooden frame onto the base.

Once all that was done, I set the machine on top of the plywood, and used four more lag screws to secure each of the legs onto the frame.

The plywood adds to the structural integrity, and also forms a shelf for storage use, and added weight, if needed – such as bags of ready-mix concrete. I do keep one bag of concrete mix there. It is handy if there is a need for some outdoor project, and if I use it, then I get another one for the weight factor on the lathe stand.

FWIW, I use the same mobile bases on my drill press, jointer, 6×48 belt sander, and bandsaw. Each has the wooden 2×4 frame and plywood, all built and fastened the same way as described. I am very very happy with the performance of each of these setups.

I sprayed a coat or two of fast trying polyurethane on all these frames before mounting them, because i think it reduces staining and makes dust clean up a little easier, and I just like the way it looks.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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