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DMiller

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02-19-2019 03:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw mobility mobility base laguna laguna 1412

I received a 14/12 bandsaw today and was wondering what those of you use for when you move your saws around. The 25 feet move from the garage to shed was difficult using a four wheeled dolly even with two people, due to top heaviness and weight. What do all of you use? I plan to do most cutting outside but store the saw indoors. Do you like the Laguna base? It seems to me that it might be a little unbalanced having only three wheels, not to mention the $150 cost. I would prefer to save the $150 if possible. Have any of you made your own base? Or perhaps used off-brand bases? Any help is appreciated, thank you all!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."


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ralbuck

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 04:26 AM

I made a rolling base with the handle that clipped on and off a jointer some years back. I did have a welder available for my use. I used the cheap large tires from H-F—the air up ones and had it set flush when not being rolled and had to lean it to move it. It worked very well with that setup. it was really more or less a 2 wheel hadtruck mounted to the bottom of the jointer—- handle used (push/click) pins to lock when going on. I stored it behind the unit while tucked away in the shop.

Sorry, no pictures were ever taken and it was sold with my jointer when I moved to OR.

Do some measuring and a few think sessions and then make your own. Big wheels roll easier than little ones do especially over harsher terrain, ledges loose gravel etc.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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pottz

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 02:39 PM

check out the rockler all terrain mobile base i have tried many bases and this is the best,it will hold up to 800lbs and rollls easily over most surfaces.it’s on sale now for a 170,not cheap but well worth it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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DMiller

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 03:26 PM

Thank you guys. Thank you for your suggestion, ralbuck, I like that idea. Thanks pottz, if possible though I would prefer to spend less than $75. Thank you for your help!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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WoodES

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#4 posted 02-20-2019 04:21 AM

Try a Grizzly mobile base, there are several to chose from although not much under $75. I have two, one for my bandsaw and the other for my tablesaw.

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CaptainKlutz

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 05:39 AM

Mobile bases, OMG don’t get me started.
I could rant on all the different lousy designs for days!

rant mode on:
Most commercial bases are junk. Even the ‘best’ have drawbacks and can not be called great.
Have tried practically all of them, given away and trashed many brands over years. Have a couple stashed in corner, you can have for $20 if you want. Cheap (HTC, Shop Fox, Harbor Freight, Portamate, Woodriver, etc) mobile bases use junk small plastic wheels that don’t last if you really move the tool around a lot. They also provide less than 1” lift, and can’t even roll over saw dust or power cord.
You are correct about the 3 wheeled versions, they do not work well for TALL top heavy items, unless the weight is centered over the fixed rear wheels. I use one on my floor standing drill press as all weight in on the back with column and motor.
Rant mode off:

Grizzly bear crawl is best value in mobile bases if you have smooth surfaces. The wheels are only 3”, but have cast iron hubs and hold heavy tools well. Biggest issue is the lift/lock mechanism adjustment, and tendency for lift to rub/catch (in up position) if roll the base over surface with more than 3/4” variation. Like all other bases before bear crawl design, it only lifts tool ~1” high. So rolling around on uneven surfaces can be frustrating.

The Rockler All Terrian is ONLY commercial base that handles rough surfaces with large cracks, thresholds, or God forbid – even small gravel. I have some nasty 1” deep, full radius edged (crack stop) grooves in my current garage(s) that make all other bases useless PIA to use, as they always catch rolling around garage, Getting in/out is even worse, as I have code mandated 1” drop from garage floor to driveway surface. The All Terrain is only one that rolls around with ease. My biggest complaint about this base is tool is always on the wheels. Here in heat of AZ summer, I get flat spots on wheels of my planer base. They seem to smooth out once tool is moved, but it sounds like bad shopping cart at grocery store rolling it around in summer.

Last but not least: I’m poor, and cheap:
For years I have avoided paying ridiculous $200+ for high end mobile base, always looking for best cheap bases. With smooth floors many cheap ones will work for a few years, till cheap wheels crack and die. But, If you have large obstacles in your floors, you have little choice but pay to play. Either give crooks over at Rockler your money, or spend $100 on decent set of cast iron hub 4-5” casters, and weld you own frame.

This month Rockler is having a seldom run sale on All Terrain Base. I broke down and bought another last week for my 8” jointer (wheel on cheap base shattered for second time). So if you need one, get it now, or pay $70 more next month.

PS – to be fair, not ALL bases are junk. Couple of OEM can make satisfactory bases when they want, but they cost hundreds to buy. Delta/Powermatic saw bases work ok as long you don’t add excess cabinetry and heavy router table to your saw. Sawstop has hydraulic lift base that also works better than average, as it lifts a little higher than most. But I would still rate the OEM bases as intended for smooth floors.

Color me jealous on your new band saw!

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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pottz

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 02:28 PM

the captain is 100 percent correct dont waste your time and money on cheap baeses youll just end up paying more later.if its a tool you will rarely move maybe but if your like me and move it everyday the best base will pay for itself.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 02-20-2019 02:39 PM

I can attest to the rockler all terrain base being worth the cost

I got one for my planer a few months back, and will likely replace all of the cheap portamate ones I have on other tools. Rolls effortlessly, large wheels easily climb over cutoffs that would stop my other bases in their tracks.

You will not regret it.

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#8 posted 02-20-2019 02:45 PM

The problem with a bandsaw is that just about any base on unlevel ground is going to feel a little scary. They are usually so top heavy that they tend to feel like they are going to tip over and when you add a mobile base, that usually makes it seem even worse. And if you have to go over a lip or down a ramp it gets even more sketchy. I agree that they 3-point base would be the worst option. For your situation, I would probably look at the all terrain model that Potz suggested.

I made shop vac powered air sled similar to this for mine since I only have to move it occasionally and only across my shop floor. Works well enough for me.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 02-20-2019 03:04 PM

The 3 wheel mobile base for the 14|12 is not very stable even on concrete floors. I have one for sale BTW :-)

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pottz

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#10 posted 02-20-2019 03:14 PM



The problem with a bandsaw is that just about any base on unlevel ground is going to feel a little scary. They are usually so top heavy that they tend to feel like they are going to tip over and when you add a mobile base, that usually makes it seem even worse. And if you have to go over a lip or down a ramp it gets even more sketchy. I agree that they 3-point base would be the worst option. For your situation, I would probably look at the all terrain model that Potz suggested.

I made shop vac powered air sled similar to this for mine since I only have to move it occasionally and only across my shop floor. Works well enough for me.

- Lazyman


that air sled is pretty cool,of course you need a smooth floor.how much weight do you think it can handle?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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DMiller

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#11 posted 02-20-2019 03:20 PM

Thank you for the help guys, I appreciate the suggestions. I have been using my fathers four wheel dolly temporarily, but am considering getting my own dolly to work temporarily. Davevand, if you don’t mind me asking, how much are you asking for your mobile base? You’re welcome to PM me if you’d like. Thank you all for your help.

Here’s what i’m using temporarily:

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#12 posted 02-20-2019 04:34 PM

I’d like to toss out an unconventional method. Build wooden bases and purchase mini pallet jack (which would run…around $150-$200). I did that for all my machines. Because all 4 corners of the base set on the ground or leveling feet, rock solid. Bonus as you just need 1 mini pallet jack for multiple bases you build yourself. Tis an option. Downside is if you need to move a machine really quick, it takes 20-30 seconds slower with mini pallet jack cause have to find it and get into position :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 02-20-2019 08:27 PM


that air sled is pretty cool,of course you need a smooth floor.how much weight do you think it can handle?

- pottz

I think that my G0513 bandsaw weighs almost 400 lbs. As I said, I don’t move mine around much but it does work. The biggest problem with mine is that the weight of the bandsaw is not evenly distributed on its base so I have to sort of put pressure on one side near the top until the weight sort of evens out. Once it does it slides with almost no effort. The other issue is that I used 1/2” plywood so I think that the sled sort of flexes a bit. If I make another, I would use 3/4” PW.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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mel52

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#14 posted 02-21-2019 05:10 AM

Check out the Menard’s Universal Mobile Base. I did a review on it awhile back. I now have four in my shop and am more that happy with them. Rated up to 400 lbs.

-- MEL, Kansas

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DMiller

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#15 posted 02-21-2019 03:20 PM

Thanks for all the help, guys! I appreciate the suggestions!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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