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Forum topic by AM420 posted 06-13-2021 07:12 PM 317 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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06-13-2021 07:12 PM

I put casters on my Rikon bandsaw base when I got it assuming it was ok because there were holes in the base for them. Though it was a little too heavy and tipsy it moved ok.

I’ve hardly ever moved it though, and this weekend when I moved it to work on a wall this happened…

At first I thought the stem on the caster bent, but it was the base leg.

Not sure that to do now. I need it to move so just taking casters off isn’t an option. Don’t know if I can get a replacement leg. I’ve though of building my own base for more storage and greater stability. Any suggestions or recommendations for a DIY base would be welcome.

Thanks!


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ibewjon

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#1 posted 06-13-2021 07:56 PM

To me, that hole is to bolt the saw to a larger, more stable base, or to the floor. It is pretty light weight. Did you hit a bump while moving that stopped that wheel?

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#2 posted 06-13-2021 08:15 PM

Take the caster off, bend the metal back down, and put the saw on a proper mobile base. The attachment point you used is for what Jon said, to secure the saw – either to the floor or to a base.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 06-13-2021 09:12 PM

I haven’t heard of the 10-314 bandsaw, but I have the 10-324 and this is what my manual says.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#4 posted 06-13-2021 09:36 PM

You could remove the caster, hammer the piece flat and just add LARGE washers to distribute the load. Ideally, the washers would be home made from squares of 1/8” or 1/4” metal.

Of course, a mobile base would, probably, add a bit more stability, if it pushed out around the saw.

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AM420

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#5 posted 06-14-2021 12:21 AM

Guess I missed that part in the manual. I think I’ll build my own base out of scrap 2×4 instead and some extra casters I have.

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 02:07 PM

If you just join two legs with a good 2×4 (mounted through those leg holes) and add the casters outboard enough to get the nut on (use washers top/bottom) with an additional several inches overhang will work in a pinch.

If you don’t want the extra 1-1/2” of height over the casters, I’d fetch a length of 2” angle iron instead of the 2×4 material.

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AM420

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#7 posted 06-14-2021 03:04 PM



If you just join two legs with a good 2×4 (mounted through those leg holes) and add the casters outboard enough to get the nut on (use washers top/bottom) with an additional several inches overhang will work in a pinch.

If you don t want the extra 1-1/2” of height over the casters, I d fetch a length of 2” angle iron instead of the 2×4 material.

- splintergroup

Thanks!

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#8 posted 06-14-2021 03:08 PM

Yeah, a mobile base is what you need. Casters will be unstable unless you widen the base to a larger footprint. I had the same problem on a Craftsman bench jointer mounted to a steel base. I removed the leveling feet to install casters but they quickly bent the steel. Sandwiching some fender washers helped but still not a solution. I may try some plywood but waiting for prices to normalize first.

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