Mobile Base for Sawstop ICS/CB?

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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 04-26-2018 06:38 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2018 06:38 AM

I know the ICS Mobile base has great reviews BUT is it work the $300??

I’m picking up a used 5hp 52” CB Sawstop Saturday and likely will have to cut it down to 36” for space purposes.

It does not have a mobile base and I will need one.

Any other models out there recommended other than the ICS?

I have this one that’s similar under my Unisaw it works great. I rarely move the saw. Think it will work?

Port a Mate has there pm3500 that supports 1000lbs. The plus of the Sawstop base it looks is the 4 rotating casters as opposed to only 2 I can see.

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 10:39 AM

1) yes, it’s expensive but it sets a new standard in mobile bases, IMHO.
2) the 4 swivel casters are a big advantage versus 2
3) I guess if you like that one under your Uni, you may have to replace the wood piece but it should still work.

The SS base has a hydraulic jack lift, when retracted the saw sits flat on the floor (it’s up maybe a 1/4” or so). That jack also lifts the extension straight up from the floor making movements so easy it’s hard to imagine anything else working as well. But, like you, I seldom move my saw…so questioning the cost is a valid exercise.

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 11:47 AM

I just recently got the Portamate PM-3500 (rated for 1500lbs actually) and I love it. I have it under a 12” jointer and it moves around so easily. With that said, it runs about $150. Since you mentioned cutting the rails down due to tight space the $300 option which is made for your machine and has 4 swivels may be worth the premium.

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 12:14 PM

Before you cut those rails. See if someone with the 36” size will trade you. It’s worth a shot. Some folks may wish they had the longer ones.

And yes the ICS base is totally worth its cost. Omnidirectional, hydraulic, and it does not rely on wheel locks to keep the machine from moving. It costs, but it benefits….


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#4 posted 04-26-2018 12:39 PM

I got the ICS base and have been very pleased with the quality and performance. I have most all of my tools on mobile bases as it enables me to move them around for different shop functionality; i.e., resawings/planing, ripping, assembly, finishing, etc. The base is definitely worth the money, IMHO.


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#5 posted 04-26-2018 01:21 PM

The ICS base is the best base available. I have no regrets about spending the money. If you will frequently be moving the saw, I would get the ICS mobile base.

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#6 posted 04-26-2018 02:23 PM

Keep a keen eye open for used ones on eBay or maybe even Amazon. I bought a used one from eBay for $250 after shipping. Well worth the investment and one of the most easiest equipment to move around on that thing.

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#7 posted 04-26-2018 02:45 PM

With the 36 or 52 extension table, the ICS base will lift the legs of the extension table also. Maybe make sure a brand X will do that.

I bought a PCS with the $200 mobile base, and I sure wish I would have done the ICS.


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#8 posted 04-26-2018 11:55 PM

Weak! No place has it locally in stock here in the Bay Area/NorCal. Rockler has two….but currently under their saws. One store that’s about a 45min Drive said they had two of them but I’m skeptical. Hate to drive out there and have it be the wrong one. Im gonna call again tomorrow and verify model numbers.

Might just have to put it on a large 4 wheel dolly and then order the ICS base.

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#9 posted 04-27-2018 12:32 AM

I got the ICS and that mobile base is worth it. Best I’ve seen and used. I can push that big beast around with my little pinky.

Now truth be told I rarely move it, but it’s a dream with that lift. If you don’t want to swing for that one, I had the shopfox heavy duty from griz under my 1023slx for over 10 years and it worked ok too. Sold it to get the 5hp ICS. You will love love that saw! Post some pic’s cheers!

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#10 posted 04-27-2018 02:29 AM

I recently picked up a PCS and grabbed the ICS base. There is only one ICS base and a conversion kit to allow you to use it with a PCS Saw (Allowing you to use it with the smaller PCS Cabinet)... If you are picking up a 5hp saw its an ICS and no conversion kit will be needed…

What you want is SawStop Part: MB-IND-000

I really didnt think the ICS base was going to be worth it until I had the saw set up… I’m a huge fan now.

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