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Ridgid 4511 Mobile Base Mod

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Project by TheChucker posted 05-02-2010 09:44 PM 6180 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never been impressed with the Herculift mobile base for the R4511. It never performed well over the brick paver floor I have, and occasionally the catch would slip, dropping the saw to the floor.

I came up with this design to solve that problem. The base is constructed from 2x’s that I squared up and sized appropriately to the saw’s dimensions. It sits at the same height as the original saw, and now rolls effortlessly over my floor with the help of the 5” double locking casters.

I also color matched to Ridgid orange paint that turned out pretty well, and now the overall look is more of a cabinet saw.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.





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PurpLev

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 09:48 PM

I assume you tried to tune the U bolt on the herculift to catch better (and turn it 180 degrees end for end – it actually has 1 way it’s supposed to face up) ?

regardless- nice construction for the new mobile base! looks like its solid and smooth to move around.

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

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BuilderMan

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 12:34 AM

Nice. All my mobile bases I made myself. Not as fancy as yours but they work well for much less money.

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TheChucker

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 02:46 AM

Yeah, I turned the U-bolt around, and I also tried to tweak it by moving it in and out. I thought I had it fixed, but that only lasted for a few weeks before it failed again. I think part of the problem was the brick floor that caused quite a bit of vibration as I rolled the saw around.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 06:28 AM

I hate the stock mobile base and fence system. I replaced the fence with an Incra TS-LS, couldn’t be happier. The stock herc-u-lift doesn’t work in my shop that well because the floor flexes way too much. That base looks great, the paint job really sets it off.

Me, I’m about to replace the lift / base on mine with a complete mobile workstation, I’ll post when it’s done.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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RexMcKinnon

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 04:58 PM

I love the herculift on my ts3650 but I love your upgrade. As you said it is more like a cabinet saw now.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Ralphie9

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 03:17 AM

Can I buy the Herc U Lift off ya?

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 06:07 AM

good idea well done

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mnorusis

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 04:23 PM

That’s a great base with a nice touch on the paint matching.

What kind of wood did you use? is it just 2-by pine?

-Mike

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TheChucker

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 04:45 PM

Yep, it’s just 2×6 pine with a piece of hardboard in the middle there for the dust collector tray.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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bvdon

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#10 posted 05-30-2011 04:00 AM

I have the same saw… and the U-bolt was one way as I remember. Once it was set correctly it worked as expected.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#11 posted 01-09-2012 04:47 AM

Very nice modification! Necessity is the mother of invention…

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