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Ridgid 14in Bandsaw #3: Which casters should I use?

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Blog entry by Sarit posted 1186 days ago 1732 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodcraft is having a sale on their highly rated double locking casters.
Should I go for 2 fixed and 2 swivel or 4 swivel for the bandsaw?
My concern is whether locking only the front two wheels will be steady enough. Since I’ll be converting the stand into a sturdier plywood cabinet i’m worried I won’t really be able to lock more than 2 wheels at a time anyhow.



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emart

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#1 posted 1186 days ago

get 4 swiveling casters. its more stable than you think. just about all my machines have them. usually the machine is so heavy only 2 wheels being locked is enough to keep it from moving. i dont even bother locking my RAS as its so heavy it doesnt budge under most circumstances.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Sarit

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#2 posted 1186 days ago

If I only need to lock 2 wheels then would it be better to get 2 fixed and 2 swivel?

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#3 posted 1186 days ago

I have my router table, jointer and planer on these. I use all four locking. I find if I don’t lock all four I will get some slipping on my concrete garage floor.

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#4 posted 1186 days ago

The cost difference between locking and not is small, so I’d get locking for all. That way if you need to lock all four you can, and if you don’t well——

-- Joe

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emart

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#5 posted 1186 days ago

honestly the difference is usually like $1 more per caster. also having 4 swiveling allows a lot more movement and sometimes you cant get some wheels if your machine is in a tight space so having 4 that can lock will save you some aggravation.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Sarit

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#6 posted 1186 days ago

Okay, looks like 4 swivel it is.
The price difference wasn’t really my concern. I was more interested in the stability of the saw and the convenience of locking it down. Right now I have 4 swivel casters on my router table but its practically impossible to lock the rear wheels down. This is mainly because when the front casters are turned to expose the locking tabs, the tabs on the rear casters are now under the cabinet. On my planer/drill press flip top cart the casters are not double locking so I can still manage to maneuver all the casters to a position where the tab is accessible. So with 4 double locking casters do any of you have issues getting access to all the lock down tabs? Should I redesign my cabinet to make it easier to access?

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ajosephg

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#7 posted 1186 days ago

See what you mean.

I have 4 swivel locking casters on my planer table and I typically only lock two of them because the other two are not easily accessible. I don’t have any stability problems with only 2 locked. The total weight of the planer and table is probably around 150 lbs.

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-- Joe

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