|Review by cranesgonewild||posted 05-30-2011 11:59 PM||3185 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve never written a review before. But, there’s been many conflicting reviews on the internet such as Amazon and a few others about the difficulty of assembling the base.
I’ve had no problems putting this together. However, the box did say “Improved Design”. Maybe that had something to do with it. It was quite simple, and the instructions were clear. The only reason I looked at the instructions was because some people were having such problems, that I was trying to figure out why. The only difficulty I can see would be bolting the two non-swivel casters in the brackets. There’s two bolts tucked away in the back that are hard to get at. I used a 1/4” drive ratchet, with a 13mm socket, a 3” extension, and a 13mm wrench as shown below.
Because I needed both hands to do this, I used a wood clamp to hold the corner brackets upright.
The picture below shows how I assembled everything together with a piece of 3/4” plywood keeping the saw off the floor so that there is no need for lifting after.
I did cut 1” off two rails because I wanted the base to be snug. If I left it alone, there would be a 1/2” space along the front or back which would have been fine, but I’m picky.
No Heavy Lifting
Moves around easily on the floor.
You have to bend and screw down the legs.
But, if you wanted a foot brake, you’re probably looking at double the price of this one.
Also, the pins for the rubber feet could have been a little thicker in diameter.
When you screw down the feet, the base can wobble a bit if you force it.
Having said this, I would recommend the Shop Fox D2057A mobile base and I give it 4 1/2 stars. Beef up the foot pins, then it would get a 5 star rating.
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