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Forum topic by DannyBoy posted 12-23-2008 08:09 PM 2080 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2008 08:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop question

In the midst of re-arranging my shop, I’ve realized that I’m killing myself trying to move large tools around. So, I’m wanting to buy/build roller bases for the larger items. I had read something somewhere that mentioned using a three will base on a shop floor that isn’t 100% level helps to keep tools from rocking dangerously.

Does anyone have any experience with this that can help me find a produced one or build ones that are stable and safe?


-- He said wood...

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 08:25 PM

Some of the HTC mobile bases are 3 wheel.

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 11:25 PM

I have both 3 and 4 wheel HTC and I hope there are better ones out there. They work ok, good on the bandsaw base but the table saw, well, I think there has to be a better design. They will move the equipment when needed. I lean towards “rock solid” and “hell for stout” and HTC does not come to mind when I think of mobile bases.

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#3 posted 12-24-2008 12:28 AM

My favorite mobile base is the Delta 50-345, it is a universal mobile base meaning you can make it any size you want. I like it because if I ever sell a piece of equipment that it’s on, I can keep the mobile base and size it for the next piece of equipment. It has 3 wheels, but when lowered the wieght rests on two of the wheels and two adjustable rubber feet. I supose if you have a floor thats not level, you could find a spot you want your saw in when working and adjust the rubber feet. You may want to mark the floor somehow so the next time you wheel out the saw you know exactly where to put it so it doesn’t rock.

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#4 posted 12-24-2008 12:33 AM

Now that sounds like what I’m looking for. Thanks, Woodchuck!

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#5 posted 12-24-2008 12:40 AM

A thought to ponder is the fact that the alignment on a machine can change after it is moved to a different location, especially if the floor is uneven.

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#6 posted 12-24-2008 12:41 AM

This is an old MC lift that I removed the lift mechanism from. Lift The next time I need a base I’m going to have a metal shop make me one following this basic design. With the casters mounted outside the base area it sits low to the floor and you can use larger casters that support more weight and roll easier. By having one made it will fit the tool base/cabinet and you can have it made longer than needed if you want to build a storage cabinet for accessories. It will probably cost you less and you will get a better product.


-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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#7 posted 12-24-2008 12:55 AM

Frosty I think you did a good job of useing something that was no longer working. How does it stay in place after moveing it ? I do think though that you’ll find that haveing someone make it won’t be very cost effective. Kind of like custom furniture verses mass produced, custom almost allways costs you more, plus have you priced out casters and metal nowdays ?

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#8 posted 12-24-2008 03:12 AM

No I haven’t priced casters or steel lately. In truth, I’m a scrounge. There always seems to be someone that has some scraps (like old steel bed frame rails) that they will part with for a 12 pack or a future favor. Welding will cost extra :).

It has bolts in the swivel caster end that screw down until the casters come off the ground. They also make it easy to level. I’ve seen the design on pre-made bases (Grizzly) and it seems to work well enough. Someday when I have a few extra dollars I’ll change the bolts out for ones star knobs so I don’t have to use a ratchet.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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#9 posted 12-24-2008 04:08 PM

Dannyboy, Rockler has this one on sale, free shipping!


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#10 posted 12-24-2008 04:35 PM

I recommend considering building your own mobile bases. I have gone both ways, buying and building and I find that shop built ones are more sturdy and usually less costly. You can do a search on this site for mobile bases and find examples and other useful info.

My 2 cents.

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#11 posted 12-24-2008 07:13 PM

Then if you want Hi-Tech check out this system:

Hover Pad

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#12 posted 12-27-2008 03:52 PM

My only advice is to steer clear of 3-wheeled bases for equipment with a high center of gravity, such as a floor model drill press. They can be quite tippy when being moved, and sometimes when parked.

Most 4-wheel bases available commercially have leveling feet for when the tool is parked. You can definitely pull off the same in a shop made base.

Good luck.

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