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I need a mobile base. Which model should I get?

by paulmccall
posted 05-06-2012 11:16 PM


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MichaelR

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:22 AM

I have a couple of these (saw and joiner). Like ‘em a lot. They do make one with an extension in case you want to add a router table or large side table. I wish I would have got that for my saw. I tried a few others looking for a cheaper price and all I got was cheap and not easily mobile. Just my opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-D2057A-Adjustable-Mobile/dp/B0000DD6B9

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interpim

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:27 AM

I have a Herc-u-lift that came with my Ridgid tablesaw, and I love it… works well, and once adjusted, you never have to touch it. You can buy this model from ereplacementparts.com for $134.00 I’m pretty sure you could make it fit your saw as well.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 02:12 AM

Most any adjustable mobile base model will do for a saw
in that weight class. One good value is the Rockler style
base where you provide wood to complete it. The
wheels are decent and the 3-point design has some
benefits. They aren’t great for heavier machines
but for a contractor saw the provide-your-own-wood
style is a good value if you have the wood.

The basic HTC adjustable bases are ok, but for just
a few more bucks you can get the ShopFox style
Michael recommended. They are more robust but
you have to bend down to lock the wheels. With
the basic HTC adjustable base you can flip the levers
with your foot.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 02:24 AM

I’ve always had good luck with htc, but they have gotten cheaper with time.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 03:38 AM

I have a 32” LS with a smaller router table on the left. My floor has a “mag” finish and my smaller setup doesn’t move very easily with the stands built-in wheels. If your floor is flat and smooth you might get away with the cheaper HF base. At least until you determine if you want to keep the saw in that configuration and buy a better one. I think your saw has a right-tilt blade. I don’t know if you will prefer having the fence on the right or the left. When your positioner is extended to the right beyond the 92” rails, your saw will take up a lot of space. Good luck. -Jack

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hairy

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 11:52 AM

youtube has a few videos if you want to roll your own

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 12:26 PM

Check out The Daily Top 3, Oak Router Table base. joeysjunk

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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paulmccall

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 08:29 PM

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I decided to go with the Rockler base with the self provided wood stretchers. Cheaper than the other options while still seeming strong enough especially since I got a couple of mahogany posts along with the saw out of which I will cut the base stretchers.
Now that I have the saw in my garage I will be putting it on the base, checking and fine tuning both the saw and the Incra-Jig fence. It took some bumps in transport so I’ll need to realign things.
Thanks again guys!

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toolie

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 01:09 AM

the only drawback to the rockler base is that it can “rack”. this one can be configured with significantly greater rigidity.:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2080750/33126/woodriver-universal-mobile-base-hardware-kit.aspx

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 01:52 AM

I picked up the General Industries model 50-025 for about $60 from a local dealer. Had no trouble assembling it and getting it under my 3 HP Grizzly shaper. Very pleased with how easy it is to use and move the shaper around my shop. It should handle your table saw just fine.
Here’s an article on the base:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuideProduct.aspx?id=5822

-- Rick

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 01:56 AM

I like the General as well. I have 2 of them.

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 11:24 AM

i also have a 50-025. when i start using the jointer that’s on it more regularly, i’ll switch to the wood river base i linked above. the 50-025 also “racks” too much for my liking.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 12:24 PM

What does “rack” mean?

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 02:28 PM

Paul, I think Toolie means it will flex out of square. In the pictures I don’t see a lower shelf on the stand. If you can, I’d put one on. That would stiffen the legs up and keep them from flexing or racking. – Jack

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 03:23 PM

“What does “rack” mean?” paulmccall

You have been sawing wood for too long. Remember your first real girlfriend?

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#16 posted 05-15-2012 03:50 PM

Thanks Jack.
Dan, I know that meaning of rack.

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toolie

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#17 posted 05-15-2012 04:55 PM

thank you, irreverentjack. at least paulmccall wasn’t looking ant those POSs from HTC. i have one under a jet 18” band saw (it came with it as a CL purchse) and, when i start using that tool more often, i’ll move to a better mobile base.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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paulmccall

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#18 posted 05-15-2012 06:24 PM

Actually, Toolie, I was looking at the HTC but then I was looking at everything!
The saw base does have a lower shelf, it’s that slanted style, front to back. Hopefully that will head off any “racking.”

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