DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

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Blog entry by Julian posted 12-25-2015 11:50 PM 2029 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10” on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material. 1 1/2” square tube from a steel supplier and threaded rod and nuts from HomeDepot. The entire project cost me less than $45. These wheels raise the lathe about a 1/2” and only sticks out about 4” when the lathe is down.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 01:42 AM


I love to see such brilliant solutions!


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#2 posted 12-26-2015 03:34 AM

That is a really slick solution to your issue. Good thinking on that one.

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 03:55 AM

That is a great lathe mobile base solution. Simple and effective!

630 pounds is a lot to lift with those workbench casters. You might have to do like I do with my workbench and help them out with an assist with a hydraulic jack till you can get the wheels down and locked. Do only one side at a time so the lathe doesn’t tip over.

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 08:16 AM

Very handy! What’s the reason to didn’t put them on the inside?

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 12:43 PM

Good idea. If these are the workbench castors that Rockler sells I thought that the total weight was limited to 400 pounds, so do you have any problems with them

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 01:18 PM

Thinking outside the box. Nice job !

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 03:13 AM

Dutchy; the wheels are on the outside because it would be difficult to activate the lever on the inside.
WoodNSawdust: these are not the workbench wheels.

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 08:37 AM

Nicely done, looks much better than the mobile base too.

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#9 posted 01-06-2016 01:19 AM

Nice Solution Glad my lathe gets to stay PUT.

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