|Review by CryptKeeper||posted 05-11-2010 07:53 PM||6001 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I purchased 2 of these units one for my Jet 6” jointer and one for a Powermatic 2800 drill press.
By the manufacture specs the 6” jointer weighs 237lbs and the drill press weights in at 209lbs. The HTC works well for both applications. However, I question the load rating of 500lbs on these units I don’t see it being able to support my table saw, that is spece’d at 456 lbs., long term.
Instructions are easy to follow and assembly is straight foreword it took about 15 per unit.
Universal size that adjust in 1” increments
—Expands from 12” to 52”;
—Maximum square: 36” x 36”.
—Maximum rectangle: 20” x 52”.
—Side note here: because of the mounting flanges on the jointer’s base it wasn’t as stable as I would liked so, I used couple of wedges to shim around the sides of jointer to remove the excess slop.
7/8” clearance under leveling feet during movement.
Price: $59.99 extremely affordable.
Foot lever construction: the levers are plastic I don’t see them taking a lot of abuse if you are constantly relocating the machines. In a small shop like mine everything is against a wall and I pull it out when I need to use it.
Foot lever design: lowering and raising the machinery could cause the machine to tip over. The levers operate one side at a time causing the machine to tilt. If the machine is top heavy and is on a narrow base it could be an accident waiting to happen. My drill press stands at 68” and is probably pushing the limit of being safe. If I use the HTC 2000 for the bandsaw I’m purchasing I plan to laminate a couple of pieces 3/4” plywood to mount the base on to increase the foot print. – There are clear warnings in the owner’s manual regarding the tilting of the machinery.
The HTC 2000 Base increases the machine height by 9/16” – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless your cabinet heights or custom built supports can’t accommodate the height difference. For example, I have an 8’ workbench on the in-feed side of my table saw that is the same height as the saw. Ripping large pieces of plywood I am able to use my workbench for additional support. If I raise the table saw by 9/16th I would loose the ability to use the bench. Like I said not necessarily a bad thing just something to consider.
Hard plastic wheels: these work well on flat surfaces such as finished concrete floors. However, a rough broom finished concrete floor will eat these wheels up in no time so you would be better off looking for a base with the soft rubber wheels.
The 500lb load capacity: I believe this is over stated for long term use and durability. I don’t think the plastic levers or wheels / casters will survive long rolling over sawdust and other debris with that kind of weight on it. It would probably work short term but I base my opinion on long term durability.
Great value for moderate duty use with moderate weight.
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