|Review by Bob||posted 03-14-2012 01:49 PM||4386 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
I spent way too much time researching mobile bases. In the end, despite the nay sayers, I decided to give the HF mobile base a try. I paid $29.95 with a super coupon.
The metal brackets are very thick. I ripped some SYP I had lying around to the 1 1/4” x 1 1/4 dimension specified. There is a formula in the manual that tells you exactly how long to cut your wood pieces. As a double check, I placed each of the brackets (with bolts in place) against the 4 corners of my BS cabinet. I then measured and the distances were dead on with the formula in the instructions. USE THE FORMULA! After cutting the wood to length, I held each piece in place and marked the holes with a pencil. IMPORTANT: make sure the ends of the wood are flush with the ends of the brackets (or the end of the channel for the fixed wheels) – see photo. I then drilling the recommended 3/8” holes using my drill press. If you look at the diagrams and only drill the holes indicated, you will find there is no shortage of hardware. There was exactly the right amount of nuts & bolts. The reason there are extra holes is so they can manufacture one corner bracket that will work in any position and with either fixed wheel orientation. Everything went together very easily. I only had one drilled hole that didn’t line up which was my fault for sloppy drilling. The 3/8” holes make it a lot easier to line everything up. After tightening all of the bolts, I placed the BS cabinet on the base and it was nice and snug. No play.
The base rolls smoothly and maneuvers well. It is not as maneuverable as 4 swivel casters but the BS has a small footprint and I don’t plan on doing any triple axels with it. The adjustable feet are very nice. They allow you to compensate for an uneven floor. The large knobs make it easy to lower and raise the feet. The large butterfly nuts make it easy to lock in a position. And most importantly, IT IS ROCK SOLID! With the feet down, it doesn’t budge, rock, wobble, sway or flex.
All and all, I am very pleased. I can not think of a single negative. My two biggest pieces of advice for anyone who buys this are: 1) use the formula for determing the length of your wood supports, and 2) look closely at the diagrams. They are accurate and show exactly where to place bolts and brackets and which holes to skip. The diagrams are on the small side so use a magnifier if you have to.