|Review by MattyMattAg||posted 05-20-2014 05:59 PM||3007 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Background: I bought this mobile base for my new Grizzly 1023RLW Cabinet Table Saw, which has a 20.5”x20.5” base. I had to do some slight modifications to get it to fit perfectly, which now that the saw sits on the base, it does.
Assembly: I put the base together before doing any mods because I wanted to see how many modifications I was going to have to do. I say that so the people reading this review don’t think the mods negatively affected the assembly of the base. All issues I had with assembly was prior to any mods.
1) Trying to tighten the bolts that attach the casters to the corners was an utter pain. The instructions even tell you to be “patient” because of limited space, but in all honesty, there wasn’t ANY space. I had to take the fixed wheels off the plate to attach the plate to the corner and then reattach the wheels. An added step and annoying.
2) The instructions tell you to use the 1.25” hex bolt to attach the swivel casters to the corner, but if you do, the casters are restricted from swiveling by the bolts. Luckily the bag of bolts came with some 1” bolts which did the trick.
3) The slide rails that go into the corners and thus determine the width and length of the adjustable base DO NOT fit into the corners easily. I had to use a rubber mallet to pound the rails into the corner slots, and then trying to get them back out was near impossible. I even used some lubricant, but that didn’t help. This took the most time and had the most negative affect on my assembly.
Use: The base is rated for 1300#s and the saw weighs shy of 600#s, so it actually moves around with ease. In addition, once the feet are set and the base is in its stopped position, the saw is very sturdy with very little wiggle. I will say I haven’t made any cuts yet and will update this review later. The threaded nob that lifts the base off the swivel wheels provides very little clearance on one side, so hopefully this won’t become an issue. Basically when the knob is screwed completely down, the swivel wheel on that side is only about 1/8” to 1/4” off the ground. I will update this part of the review in a few months if this proves to be an issue.
Summary: The base moves my Cabinet Table Saw around with ease and the footing is sturdy when the base is stationary. The assembly is not fun and the lift knobs are something to keep an eye on.
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