|Review by PurpLev||posted 08-23-2010 07:01 AM||3384 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
I think Rockler Rocks! but with this one – they hit rock bottom.
I have seen a friend having issues putting this mobile base together some time ago, and figured it’s not worth the hassle, but came upon one today myself. I picked up a shaper, and the guy (to which I am grateful) threw in this mobile base for free.
Out of the box (actually even before that) it is stated that you are responsible to providing the lumber which will size the mobile base – no worries, since it’s custom sized to fit different machines, thats reasonable. however – my previous mobile base requred 3/4” plywood which we all have in the shop. THIS one however requires 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” material – I had to actually MILL lumber for the mobile base. Not only that – the size of the brackets is actually wider than 1 1/2”, but since the are pressed, the bottom is rounded off, so anything wider may not fit so well – so it’s a lose-lose situation with sizing.
Next was drilling the holes to fit the brackets to the lumber. I am by no means new to woodworking, nor to drilling holes – but it took me an hour to get the 20 holes in the parts done properly – frustrating to say the least.
After that it was fitting in the lag screws, at which point the lumber is slightly loose in the brackets – knowing now what I know, I should have shimmed it with some wedges to tighten it up in there, but I chose to tighten the lag bolts instead – which bend the metal brackets – more frustration, and more time to get this done.
Once (finally) put together, I placed it on the floor, and lowered the shaper from the back of the car onto it. at this point, I noticed that when I lift the wheel up or down, the wood in the brackets changes position – on the parts that I chose NOT to over tighten the bolts to get a better hold on the wood as to not bend the metal. I think this is just poor design
After all the hassle, and trouble – it moves the shaper fairly easily across my broken floors.
For the price, there are far better mobile bases that require more available parts (3/4” ply), are by far easier to install and setup (this one took me 2 hours, the ‘other’ one took me 20 min). the design on this mobile base is lacking compared to others.
Again – if this base would save me $50 – sure I’d work through it, but it’s at the same price range (or more than) other bases that would save me 2 hours that I could put into better uses than ‘setting up mobile base’
I would not recommend this mobile base. way too much trouble to put together for my taste.
I still love Rockler though ;)
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