Who has their scroll saw on a mobile base?

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Forum topic by hairy posted 03-18-2014 03:24 PM 5248 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2014 03:24 PM

I’m looking for ideas. Right now it’s on a HF cart, I lift it off to use it. I will probably put in a foot switch. Let me know what works for you. Thanks!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 03:31 PM

Mine didn’t come with a stand so, I built a cabinet on wheels and mounted the scroll saw and a small band saw on it. The drawers are handy for blades and other stuff.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 03:46 PM

I built one based on the woodgears bearing type stand, the first one I built I had the hardware for. When I went to build a second one, I could buy a mobile base on sale at rockler for what I could build one for.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 03:48 PM

no moile base – it is on the Dewalt Stand… but my shop is small and it is light enough, I can just pick it up and move it if needed.

If I were doing mobile – the casters would lock, so I could still sit on a shop stool and not have the machine move away from me when I lean forward.

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 03:57 PM

A scrollsaw(imho) is one power tool that benefits more from being on a solid ground than a mobile base,I know some owners of the cheaper/badly vibrating models even go as far as anchoring their saw to the ground or putting sandbags on the legs to stop the saw from jumping or moving .
Having said that I am planing on putting my scroll saw on a custom built mobile base with four lockable casters so I can still move it around the shop but when in use with all 4 wheels are locked ,it should stay put(in theory.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 10:23 PM

My opinion may not be relevant as I am just a beginner at scrolling. I have owned this since December and have only dabbled with it so far. But to answer your question, yes mine is on a Harbor Freight mobile base.
Once I raise the front wheels, it doesn’t move. There was no noticeable vibration before the mobile base and none after. I didn’t always have it on the mobile base and have practiced using it both ways. So to me it is no different than when it was just on the concrete floor, other than I can easily move it around my basement workshop.
A little detail on mine. I drilled holes in the four corners of the mobile base. I glued and screwed 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood together and that is fastened in the two rear corners of the mobile base with hex bolts. The front two legs of the Dewalt stand and plywood both are fastened to the front two corners of the mobile base with hex bolts. The rear leg of the Dewalt stand is lagged into the plywood.
A copied and pasted a link for the mobile base from Harbor Freight and a photo of my set up is below that

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 10:45 PM

I have the same set-up as kdc69 minus the mobile cart. I even have the same illumination/magnifier.

I’ve had mine for 2-3 years now. mine is not mobile but I have room where it doesn’t have to be mobile. I agree with distrbd about the vibration. But I have learned that holding the workpiece close to the blade is very important because to lessen the vibrations. I’m not sure about the HF scroll saw but the DEWALT doesn’t vibrate much.

Mobile cart is a good idea, locking casters a must and also a dust mask.

I did not put in a foot switch. I really don’t see a need unless your switch is in an awkward spot. Just my opinion.

-- Pie

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 11:17 PM

Thanks!! Pics help a lot. That HF base looks like it might be a winner.

Did it raise the table height much? On the floor, mine is at a good height when sitting on my swivel chair. I could always take it up to comfortable standing height, but I don’t want to be in in between .

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 11:53 PM

hairy...I measured mine without the mobile base. It is 39-1/2” to the table top. With the mobile base it is 42” from the concrete floor to the table top. So with my set up the mobile base raised it 2-1/2”. Now I have 2 layers of 3/4”plywood, if you were to use a similar set up with just one layer it would raise it 1-3/4”.
IMO those Harbor Freight mobile bases are a great bang for the buck.
They get rave reviews here on LJ’s.
Get a 20% coupon and that sweetens the deal to about $32.00

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 12:08 AM

The stand on mine (RBI hawk) has factory holes at the bottom of each leg. I put two inch locking casters on each leg.

Rolls very easy and stays put normally with one Locked, two if your working aggressively .


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#10 posted 03-19-2014 11:51 AM

Thanks for measuring, Ill measure mine before buying anything.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 12:11 PM

I’ve not used my scroll saw but a couple of times. In the future I’d like to put it on a mobil stand that is one of those flip ones, one side has a scroll saw, flip it, and the other has another smaller tool of some sort. Locking wheels of course is a must. Sorry, I don’t have any other answers

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 02:45 PM

If vibration is a problem, you can always add weight to the base. I have used an 80 lb bag of sand. I would also elevate the back at least 2” as that makes it easier to saw while sitting. You don’t have to lean over to see the lines.

-- Kepy

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#13 posted 03-20-2014 01:16 AM

I have a Hegner scroll saw like yours and have it on a mobile base. I went with a triangular base and three caster which were double locking. I wanted only 3 casters because it will always be stable on an uneven floor. The casters are double locking and I have a 40# bag of salt on the bottom to reduce the vibration. If the stand vibrates, it will make it difficult to do precision cuts.

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 11:44 PM

Mine is mounted on an old homemade small narrow welded steel stand I bought at a garage sale about 10 years ago. Hard to tell but probably 1950’s. It has old casters.

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#15 posted 03-22-2014 02:37 AM

I made this mobile workstand a while back and now have my SS mounted on it. My SS is an entry level Craftsman but there is no vibration problem as the stand is very sturdy and can easily be moved be tilting slightly onto the 2 wheels. I recently added a plywood back and shelf for storage and added rigidity.

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