|Review by glassyeyes||posted 07-09-2011 02:56 AM||6915 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I recently mounted my bandsaw on a mobile base using Woodcraft’s WoodRiver Universal Mobile Base Hardware Kit. I have used similar kits before, and generally like them. Some of the features of this kit are a considerable improvement over past versions, but one change confuses me, and made it difficult to decide on an overall rating.
THE GOOD: The kit is based on user-supplied lumber, such as plywood. Previously, the steel corners were equipped to take only one piece of nominal 3/4” plywood. Also, mounting tools was a bit more difficult because the upper plate was fixed. so that tools had to rest on all four corners, or if on two, two corners of the tool had to be shimmed to match. The new kit has solved this very nicely; the upper plate is no longer fixed, permitting the use of any thickness of wood, and even permitting the user to skip the upper plate all together, as I did (see first picture). It shortened the assembly time noticeably.
THE QUESTIONABLE: The foot levers seem to have been reversed from previous models, but I’m not totally sure about this. On mine you have to step down on the inside portion to raise the tool; on previous models, you stepped down on the outside portion. It seems quite awkward. On prior models I mounted a crosspiece, permitting me to step down once and raise both corners at the same time. The current model doesn’t readily permit this. HAS ANYONE ELSE USED THESE LATELY? Were yours set up the same way, or did the factory install these backwards?
-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?