HTC 2000 Mobile Base Broken Foot Lever After A Couple Weeks

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Blog entry by BlankMan posted 12-19-2009 09:40 PM 8296 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I bought two of these mobile bases, one for my Delta Drum Sander and the other for my Jet Belt/Disc Sander. I was a little leery of the plastic levers and I guess rightfully so. This one broke this past week when trying to get it into position to raise the wheel and will no longer lift that side of the base.

The design spec for this mobile base says it has a 500lbs capacity, the Jet Sander that is on this base is around 277lbs according to Jet, well within the mobile base’s spec.

I’ve yet to contact HTC but will shortly, but even if I get a replacement lever made of plastic I’m concerned this might continue to happen and once out of warranty it’s my dime. In my opinion, and I thought this from the get go, those foot levers should be metal not plastic.

Other then this I really like the mobile base and would recommend it and possibly buy another if I have the need, but this issue with the plastic foot lever would need to be resolved. If that means lifetime replacements that might do, but be a pain having to swap them out periodically.

Oh and it wasn’t like I wasn’t actuating it 10 times a day either. maybe a few a day while I was restoring the sander, but now, when this happened, a few times a week.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 10:02 PM

I’ve got the same base under my jointer, and haven’t had any problems whatsoever… even after a spell of freezing weather in my unheated garage/shop. You haven’t been using excessive force have you?

Anyhow, I’d install a replacement and see what happens before condemning it. You might have gotten a lemon.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 10:07 PM

No I didn’t jump on it, I applied even slow pressure and I’m not condenming it, but I don’t think plastic is the right material for this application. All others on all the mobile bases I’ve owned have always been metal, these are the first ones I have/I see that use plastic. Maybe it was defective to start with, we’ll see. I just don’t expect this to happen on a new piece of equipment.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 12:03 AM

I would tend to agree that plastic is not the best choice of materials for this application.

I think HTC will do right by you though.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 12:12 AM

Is the shop cold? It may cause the plactic to brittle and break. The other thought would be direct sunlight on the base. UV light breaks down some plastics very quickly causing them to become brittle and break easily

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 12:23 AM

I have these mobile bases and have not had any problems with them. I just reach down and push on both levers with my hands at the same time. That way I am not putting so much pressure and weight of the machine on one side. The machine lifts much easier by doing it this way. I totally agree with you that plastic was not probably the best choice of materials but this might prevent any further problems in the future.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 12:28 AM

Chip, yeah I’m not worried about HTC taking care of it, just a little disappointed that it happened.

MedicKen, it’s in my basement and it gets down to the mid to high 60’s before I get the wood stove going. If we get sub-zero weather might get down to 58 beforehand, that’s the lowest. But Derek said he had spell of freezing weather in his unheated garage/shop, but didn’t specify if he was out there using them during that period.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 12:31 AM

Tom, LOL I can see myself down on my knees doing that. What I usually did was help it by lifting the machine while I’m doing it but this tiime I didn’t. But, I don’t feel that it should be necessary to do that by design.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 01:15 AM

Blankman: Look back at my 2 entries in and see what I thinl of those stupid levers.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 10:05 PM

Curt—I looked at these when I was shopping for a mobile base for my workbench. I just don’t trust plastic for this type of application. I went with the Jet heavy duty base insetad.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 06:09 PM

Well, 72 hours have gone by and no response from HTC as of yet, that’s not a good sign.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 08:53 PM

Woo-Who! Just heard from HTC after filling out their form again., They said they previously sent me an email but I never got, maybe I typo’d my email address the first time. But anyway…

The good news is they have aluminum ones! And I will be getting some! Don’t have to make my own metal ones!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 12-23-2009 09:08 PM

sounds good. I hope they will upgrade their line of products with the alum pedals…

just got work from HTC today myself. took about a week for the reply RE warranty on the triton router. a bit long, but nice to see they have an open line of communication.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 01-03-2010 05:03 AM

Well the replacement aluminum levers arrived today and they’re not exactly what I expected them to be. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I envisioned them to look like the plastic ones and they don’t.

I installed them and my first take on them is they are a little harder to operate. If you look at the installed picture below they are pretty much standing straight up when released and they are at the point where they start to make contact to raise the wheel. It’s kind of awkward to apply pressure to them this way and I landed up lifting the machine a bit to do it. I’m a little bit worried that if I don’t lift the machine I’ll bend them right quick.

Time will tell. I just might have to come up with my own mechanism to lift the wheels, other then this I find the mobile bases just fine.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 01-03-2010 05:10 AM

Hey Curt
I have a few bases with the plastic on them too and I’m surprised mine have not broken too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 04:39 PM

I recently purchased the HTC 2000 mobile base for my Powermatic band saw and both of the foot levers broke after a couple of months usage. It seems that HTC enginerring could have come up with a better design to include steel fool levers rather than plastic even at a slightly higher price. Unless HTC can replace the foot levers with a compariable steel foot level I’ll replace this mobile base and put the HTC 2000 in storage.

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