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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 8766 reads 4 times favorited 8 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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Paul Stoops

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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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DavidMcCarty

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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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kornhill

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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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kornhill

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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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