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Forum topic by VintageFlatulence posted 07-09-2018 10:20 PM 1850 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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VintageFlatulence

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07-09-2018 10:20 PM

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I guess this is a safety issue so I’ll start here.

I have a Craftsman 113 table saw on the metal stand. I have been wanting to make a new stand with casters, but as I research I see that a number of folks prefer wheels that raise and lower the saw so that it sits directly on the floor while in use. But I also see a lot of attractive designs of bases with casters under them.

So I guess this question is posed to those who use casters on custom built bases.

Do you notice any shifting of the saw when using it? Is it enough to cause concern for safety and/or accuracy of the cut?

I’d certainly appreciate your input.


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BroncoBrian

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 10:30 PM

Definitely would not use casters. They always move, even the best locking casters.

I only have a router table with casters (bench dog locking wheels) and it works ok because it is light and the workflow is very different. I would not attempt that with my table saw.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 12:41 PM

I have my tablesaw on a stand I built and it has 3” double-locking casters. Been using it for 2+ years and never had any issue. These are the casters I used.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 01:08 PM

I put my 800 pound Hammer K3 sliding table saw on non-locking casters and it stays put while using. In fact, it takes some real shoving to make it move. I did this to make this big saw repositionable in my relatively small shop to allow for long boards which in my basement shop are rare. In fact, most of my machines are on non-locking casters and don’t move when using. My theory if if you are moving one of these machines with pressure, you are doing something very wrong. However, I generally only make smaller things, not big cabinets or very large projects.

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 01:15 PM

I had a 113 on casters for 30 year and almost never locked the casters, it made it easy to shove out of the way when I needed to in my tight shop. I never had any trouble feeding lumber through the blade and having the saw move. It was one of those things I worried about when building the stand that turned out to be a non-issue.

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#5 posted 07-10-2018 01:22 PM

I have my Delta TS on locking casters and have not ever had a problem with the unit shifting. The saw has cast iron wings and a 60” extension and the station I built has plenty of weight. The whole unit sits on a torsion box and having the added mass helps keep the whole thing from moving when the wheels are locked down.

If you’re considering a simple mobile base or just adding caters to the metal stand, that might not be very stable. If you can, consider something like this:

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#6 posted 07-10-2018 01:50 PM

I have my Craftsman 113 on casters and it won’t move when cutting wood. In fact, it can be frustrating when you forget to unlock one wheel and you wonder why the cart won’t move when trying to put it back in place.

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#7 posted 07-10-2018 04:13 PM



I have my tablesaw on a stand I built and it has 3” double-locking casters. Been using it for 2+ years and never had any issue. These are the casters I used.

- HokieKen

+1

Double locking is the key, wheels don’t rotate OR swivel. Used on my planer stand and I think would be secure enough for a table saw. Also, using casters is so easy, you might as well try it.

I’ll admit I use a stand on my TS that raises and lowers the whole saw with a foot pump. And I’d do that again because by lifting the whole saw it lifts the extension table attached to the side. FYI, it’s the SawStop ICS mobile base at ~$300+. So not cheap. Worth it to me, but I still think casters can get the job done, if a bit less convenient to use.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 07-10-2018 05:56 PM

Could you just whip up some kind of wheel chocks for the casters?

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#9 posted 07-10-2018 07:05 PM

Some casters move easily and others don’t move that easily. Usually small dia wheel casters on a swivel don’t move that easily, especially when the machine is heavy. Large dia casters similar to shopping cart casters move too easily for a saw. Ideally, the saw should be firmly positioned so it can’t move no way. Depending on the type of caster wheel material used it may move easily or not. Whatever caster you use, I would make sure it has both wheel and swivel brakes and they only are needed on 2 of the wheels. Brakes are difficult to apply on 4 casters, as the brake usually swivels under the base and become inaccessible to your foot. I would put 2 swivel or non-swivel casters at the rear of the saw base and 2 swivel casters with dual brakes on the front

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 08:34 PM

Ignore me and use casters! LOL.

I am surprised there are so many using them. I know locking casters are much better now, but I don’t like the swivel when you move the tool even when locked. I like the bases with two wheels and two adjustable feet. Better for leveling on uneven floors.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 09:50 PM



Ignore me and use casters! LOL.

I am surprised there are so many using them. I know locking casters are much better now, but I don t like the swivel when you move the tool even when locked. I like the bases with two wheels and two adjustable feet. Better for leveling on uneven floors.

- BroncoBrian

Double locking casters also lock the swivel. But I agree, if the wheel locks, but still swivel, then things can still move around a bit.

-- Clin

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