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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #2: Redesigned Mobile Base

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Blog entry by Paul Stoops posted 12-24-2011 07:01 AM 11071 reads 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Introduction and Background Part 2 of Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw series Part 3: Improved Dust Collection »

The Herculift mobile base supplied with the saw worked well, but it wasted a lot of space under the cabinet:

In addition, the heavy (~200#) granite top and cast iron mechanism made the saw feel top heavy and somewhat unstable when moving it, due to the small caster footprint. As others have done, my solution to this condition was to redesign the mobile base with a wider caster footprint:

The wider footprint distributed the weight much more evenly and made the saw feel very stable.

The improved mobile base is a 3/4” plywood box, sized to fit the saw cabinet base, with 10” outrigger panels on each side for mounting 3” diameter double locking casters. The double locking casters were sufficient to prevent movement of the saw in use. Much of the time, locking them was not necessary. Provisions were also made for a full length drawer in the cabinet.

The outrigger panels were supported by integral gussets in the front and back panels and an additional gusset at each caster location. Dust covers were added to improve appearance and eliminate debris accumulation.

The mobile base was also designed to accept modular storage cabinets on both sides.

In case you are wondering, the mobile base and other parts were painted with Rustoleum Hammered Paint, No. 7218, Dark Bronze.
Many folks have commented that the paint makes the wood look like metal!

An integral dust collection duct was also incorporated into the top of the mobile base. Other dust collection features will be discussed in a following section.

Please stay with me, there’s much more to come…...........

-- Paul, Auburn, WA



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jaydubya

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 11:23 PM

Great design. I cant wait to see it with the saw mounted

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MikeW

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 06:10 PM

Paul, I am trying to build a mobile base for my r4511, can you give me the approximate measurements of the front and back pieces? By the way, great job on this, my Herculift has been problematic and is difficult for me to adjust as it is hard to work on the concrete floor.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 12:59 PM

Hi Mike,

Check your personal messages on this site. I sent you some information.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 06:38 PM

Paul
I love what you did to the saw!! I bought one of these saws as soon as they come out and have loved it but the base has give me problems ever since i got it! I have a small garage that I use for everything so I’m moving stuff around all the time. I have a concrete floor which is uneven bad so every time i move the saw it gets out of square a little cause it drags bad.. Could you give me some measurements on the base and also the dust shoot please.

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Paul Stoops

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 03:10 AM

Hi David,

Please check your personal messages on this site. I sent you some information.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 07:22 PM

Paul,

Just bought a used Ridgid 4511. Would like to make a similar base as per your post. Do you mind to send out the material list of this mobile based again to me please??

Many Many thanks!!
Willy

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Paul Stoops

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 04:26 AM

Hi Willy,

I am unable to attach the drawings to this message. However, if you send me a personal message with your personal email address, I will send them to you in a .pdf format.

I would recommend using 5 inch double locking casters instead of the 3 inch ones I used—it will make it easier to roll around on your uneven floor.
With the 3 inch casters, my table top is about 37 inches from the floor—increasing the caster size will raise the top another inch. If that is a problem, alter the height of the base to compensate. Also, check that the 5 inch casters will swivel 360ยบ without interfering with the cabinet.
I don’t really have any design information about the dust chute—the opening in the back is dimensioned to fit a sheet metal right angle duct fitting. See the photos in the dust collection section of the blog.

Best regards,

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 02:30 PM

Hi Paul,

Somehow I am not allow to send u a personal message yet?? New to this forum maybe but here is my email ccwkit@gmail.com.

Look forward to receive your pdf. Many Thanks!!

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 05:04 PM

Hi Paul,

I just bought my first table saw this weekend: a used R4511. The leg stand is pretty beat-up and high unusable, so I was scouring the net for a solution and came across your great design. I was wondering if you might be able to send me the PDF you’ve mentioned in the other comments here? As a new user to lumber jocks, I’m unable to send private messages, but my email address is (my lumber jocks username)@hotmail.com.

Thanks in advance!

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#10 posted 03-19-2015 09:05 PM

I know I’m bumping an old thread, but I just picked myself up a R4511, and everything I have read says upgrading to Paul’s base (or a version of…) is the way to go. Does anyone happen to have a copy of the drawings that they could share? TIA. Cheers!

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Paul Stoops

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#11 posted 03-19-2015 09:24 PM

Hi bdenison,

Please post your email and I will send you the drawings for the base. I am unable to post .pdf files on this forum.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 04:47 PM

Wow, thanks for the quick reply Paul! You can reach me at brentdenison(at)hotmail(dot)com. I really appreciate the help here. Cheers!

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#13 posted 03-26-2015 02:24 PM

Hi folks, hoping to work on this base this weekend. Any chance someone can share a copy of Paul’s plans? Email is above. Cheers!

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 04:49 PM

Thanks Paul! My apologies, not sure how I missed your first email. Thanks again for the help.

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MikeW

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#15 posted 06-18-2015 08:47 PM

Can someone please share the plans with me too? e-mail address is mwagn441@msn.com.
Paul graciously sent them to me last year, but my pc crashed and I couldn’t recover them. Now that its summer, my first project was to build this.

Many thanks fellow Ridgid owners. This is a great saw for the money. I’ve upgraded the fence, as that was the only deficiency I have besides the mobile base.

Mike

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