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Project by BusterB posted 01-16-2013 10:34 PM 2821 views 6 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to put some of my shop equipment on mobile bases for a while now and finally got around to it. Saw a forum that suggested using the HF moving dollies to acomplish this and after I got the coupons offering them for 8 bucks I knew that this would be the way to go. Heck you cant buy the casters for each base for 8 dollars. They say they are rated for 1000 pounds (which I seriously doubt) but nothing I was going to be mounting them on is anywhere close to that. Total cost for project (dollies and wood for bases) was around 12 dollars plus tax per base. My chiropractor may not be happy with them but I sure am…. good way to spend a couple of hours in the shop while it is raining.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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#1 posted 01-16-2013 10:37 PM

Good thinking nice job.

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 10:40 PM

Did you also make some chock blocks for them to avoid having the machines move on you unexpectedly ?
I also bought some of these dollies just for the casters alone. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 10:40 PM

Thanks Jim….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 10:43 PM

Hey Dusty…been thinking on that… have a metal working friend of mine making me some brackets so I can put “friction brakes” on the joiner base. Will add pics and message you if it works….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 10:48 PM

Looking forward to see what you come up with : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 10:52 PM

Hate to say it Dusty….but so am I….lol It is a case of “it should, outta work”!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 10:55 PM

LOL : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 11:03 PM

I’m with you on the price. I’ve bought several of those cheap dollys just to take the casters. You CAN’T buy the four casters for cheaper than the dolly.
And along the same lines as what Dusty asked … make sure the casters aren’t too far in on the corners. You dont want one of those heavy things tipping over if you’re rolling it around in your shop and hit a piece of wood or a screw lying on the floor.

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 11:13 PM

Thanks Joe….was worried when I was putting them together about them being top heavy. It seems that since cabinets flare at the base, the majority of the weight is centered in between the wheels as as such they are actually fairly stable. Hoping that this isnt a case of famous last words…but so far so good. Will have to make Barney the shop dog sweep the floor more often just to be safe. Bought a third one but since I am gonna use it as a base for the planer, will be disassembling it just for the casters. Will probably even make it a tad bit wider at base to help with stability. Hope y’all aint getting flooded too badly there in Knoxsville….its a mess here.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 11:30 PM

There is a reason that mobile bases are wide and very low. Your savings will more then likely cost you more in the long run.

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 11:35 PM

great base and idea,i thought about buying some of those for the casters myself.i’m liking my bases i built you’ll never regret building these i still need to build three more one of these days.

buster were getting pretty flooded around here to,thinking of putting pontoons on my truck.lol.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 11:35 PM

Thanks for the input saw… we shall see if that is the case. At least I am not so far in the hole on the project that I can’t back up and do something else….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 11:37 PM

Hey Marty…you are the one who pushed me over the edge on building these….gotta keep up with the beast…as soggy there as it is here bud?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 12:11 AM

Be careful with the jointer on that setup.
When you joint a longer board, it’ll want to tip when you’ve got it on the outfeed side.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 12:19 AM

Good job on the idea. My outfeed table/bench is the only thing in my shop that is not on wheels. What size are those casters? My local Lowes has a package of two 2” all metal casters rated at 300lb (i think) for $2.97. $6 plus tax for four casters. Thats their every day price.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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