LumberJocks

Caster Recommendation for a Router Table and Belt Sander/Grinder

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by tywalt posted 05-06-2019 03:03 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View tywalt's profile

tywalt

58 posts in 583 days


05-06-2019 03:03 PM

I’m on a quest to move my whole shop onto casters. Making good progress so far but next up are my router table and a cart for my belt sander/grinder. All of these tools vibrate quite a bit so I’m a little hesitant to throw cheapo casters on em. I’d like dual locking swivel casters for at least the front of both “carts” but I can live with non-swivel in the back if anyone has had good stability with that setup.

I know others have used the Grizzly casters in other posts but all the links I found point to discontinued products. Looking for some personal recommendations from anyone with a similar setup. There are too many different kinds of plastics that the wheels are made of for my caveman brain to comprehend.

Shop floor is a decently level concrete. I’m in Texas and the shop is not climate controlled so they will need to stand up to the summer heat. Somewhere around 3” seems reasonable to me and weight rating isn’t a huge concern as both of these will be under/around 100lbs loaded up.

-- Tyler - Central TX


36 replies so far

View SMP's profile

SMP

1177 posts in 324 days


#1 posted 05-06-2019 04:01 PM

I personally don’t like casters that stay down, even with locking wheels, the movement gets annoying . I’ve been converting my stuff to the type that flip down when you need them and flip up when you are using the tool to plant firmly on the ground. I bought some on amazon, but rockler also carries them.

View pottz's profile

pottz

5552 posts in 1403 days


#2 posted 05-06-2019 05:44 PM

my shop is the same,every machine and bench is on wheels,having tried many over the years the only wheels i will buy now are made of polyurethane,they are hard and roll easily.i just bought two sets of 3” for my drum sander and jointer on amazon.you can get them swivel or fixed locking.i like all 4 to swivel myself,much easier to move around.

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

View Davevand's profile

Davevand

123 posts in 1255 days


#3 posted 05-06-2019 06:02 PM

I used these on my router table, drum sander, and bandsaw, so far they are holding up well
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XJ8VQR8/ref=ppxyodtbasintitleo02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

View tywalt's profile

tywalt

58 posts in 583 days


#4 posted 05-06-2019 06:11 PM

SMP, I picked up a set of those same flip down casters from Rockler for my bench. The power tools really don’t get used much as I’m more of a hand tool guy and I just want to be able to roll them out of the way. I can live with a little movement or shim them up when I do use them.

Pottz and Dave, thanks much. Those are the type I was looking at on Amazon but the price seemed too good to be true. Glad someone else can vouch for them.

-- Tyler - Central TX

View gtrgeo's profile

gtrgeo

53 posts in 849 days


#5 posted 05-06-2019 06:19 PM

I have these on my router table build, under my flip top planer/spindle sander cabinet, and my small outfeed/drawer cabinet. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-3-in-Polyurethane-Swivel-Caster-with-Brake-4120545EB/203672194
They roll smoothly and lock securely in both directions. I do experience a slight movement even when locked due to play in the locking mechanism but has not been an issue. I have found the more weight I have in a cabinet with casters (within the weight rating) the better they seem to perform. Especially when locked as the floor surface may not be perfectly even allowing a wheel or two to be off the floor.

The cost for the Everbilt casters is reasonable and they are very sturdy. I believe I saw the same casters while browsing in my local Lowe’s for about $1 less so that may also be an option. Just make sure you are getting double locking casters or they will move too much to be safe while routing.

George

View YesHaveSome's profile

YesHaveSome

155 posts in 677 days


#6 posted 05-06-2019 07:51 PM



I have these on my router table build, under my flip top planer/spindle sander cabinet, and my small outfeed/drawer cabinet. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-3-in-Polyurethane-Swivel-Caster-with-Brake-4120545EB/203672194
They roll smoothly and lock securely in both directions. I do experience a slight movement even when locked due to play in the locking mechanism but has not been an issue. I have found the more weight I have in a cabinet with casters (within the weight rating) the better they seem to perform. Especially when locked as the floor surface may not be perfectly even allowing a wheel or two to be off the floor.

The cost for the Everbilt casters is reasonable and they are very sturdy. I believe I saw the same casters while browsing in my local Lowe s for about $1 less so that may also be an option. Just make sure you are getting double locking casters or they will move too much to be safe while routing.

George

- gtrgeo

Those are the best that I have found and the best deal. I have them on my scrap wood rack and my router table.

-- But where does the meat go?

View Redoak49's profile

Redoak49

4042 posts in 2407 days


#7 posted 05-06-2019 07:59 PM

I have most things in my shop on casters. I use the Woodcraft 3” double locking ones and have had zero problems.

View Ripper70's profile

Ripper70

1289 posts in 1327 days


#8 posted 05-06-2019 08:45 PM

+1 on the Everbilt HomeDepot casters. If you need the double locking system these work and are of good quality. Smooth on the concrete floor in my garage shop.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

5951 posts in 3232 days


#9 posted 05-06-2019 09:01 PM

These are the lastest version I’ve tried, now that my Home depot quit carrying the big orange casters. The SungMi casters are total locking – both the wheel rotation and pivot rotation are locked by a sturdy and easy to activate metal lever. I have them on my drum sander and they work great. Current price for a set of 4 is the same as what other sellers charge for just one caster.
https://www.amazon.com/SungMi-Polyurethane-Threaded-Capacity-SM-AMS-230008/dp/B07F3TW521/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_7?crid=CHQXMPUVRSAL&keywords=sungmi+4+pack+3%22+heavy+duty+caster+wheels&qid=1557176158&s=gateway&sprefix=sungmi+%2Caps%2C289&sr=8-7-fkmrnull#customerReviews

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View BuffaloBrewer's profile

BuffaloBrewer

73 posts in 1237 days


#10 posted 05-06-2019 09:35 PM

the Norm method might be worth a look too. It starts a little past the 10 minute mark.

View pottz's profile

pottz

5552 posts in 1403 days


#11 posted 05-06-2019 09:43 PM



SMP, I picked up a set of those same flip down casters from Rockler for my bench. The power tools really don t get used much as I m more of a hand tool guy and I just want to be able to roll them out of the way. I can live with a little movement or shim them up when I do use them.

Pottz and Dave, thanks much. Those are the type I was looking at on Amazon but the price seemed too good to be true. Glad someone else can vouch for them.

- tywalt


yeah the ones dave shows are what i bought and there great,roll very easy.im gonna switch out some these out with some others that dont roll well.

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

View PPK's profile

PPK

1433 posts in 1228 days


#12 posted 05-06-2019 09:43 PM

I don’t like any type of poly casters. They always seem to roll poorly or skid or lock up or whatever. I’ve had best luck with solid steel casters. If it’s a concrete floor or something that’s not super nice, there’s no worry about scratching the floor with steel casters. They can be had at Amazon…

-- Pete

View SMP's profile

SMP

1177 posts in 324 days


#13 posted 05-06-2019 11:35 PM

Another thing to check is if you have a “surplus” store near you, they usuallly have a ton of various industrial casters and overstock/out of business shop casters for dirt cheap compared to retail.

View MikeDilday's profile

MikeDilday

258 posts in 877 days


#14 posted 05-07-2019 12:11 AM

View Rayne's profile

Rayne

1209 posts in 1958 days


#15 posted 05-07-2019 12:18 AM

Check your local Woodcraft. Mine has a barrel of 3” double locking casters for $6 – $7 each. Fantastic quality and price is amazing. I used them on all of my projects that needs mobility if possible.

showing 1 through 15 of 36 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com