Mounting a 17" Grizzly bandsaw on the WoodRiver mobile base

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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 07-01-2015 10:20 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2015 10:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodriver mobile base grizzly bandsaw g0513x2

The WR instructions say cut the board 1/2 to 3/4 inch longer than the width and length of the machine base. But doing that it gives me trouble screwing the bolts that are on the Grizzly G0513X2 base. I could screw those bolts if I put another hole in the metal wheel plates, but the Grizzly hole might line up over a screw and if that’s the case, then I couldn’t. But I can’t know this until I get the machine on the base and actually check. This things weighs a ton, I’m trying to figure out how the heck to get it on there in the first place, taking it on and off just to check hole lineups is going to be a total pain. So do I make the base like 4-5 inches longer so I can bolt it down without hitting the metal plate?

I could stick the thing on there without bolting it but isn’t that too much of a tip-over risk?

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 12:09 AM

I don’t think bolting it to the base will decrease the tip over risk significantly. I would just set it on the base (IF I wanted a mobile base).

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 12:13 AM

Tip the saw over on it’s back or side, measure and mount the base, then tip it back up.


PS: Probably a good idea to remove the table first before you lay it down.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 12:29 AM

I have the 15” PM and the same base. There is no value in trying to screw the BS to the base, Just set it on place. I only added 1/4” to the width and length. It was too much. Because of the curve of the corners, your board will be too big by default. It works nicely though because I have cut think hard maple strips that I can tap into the gaps on each side. It looks better and the BS is very solidly inside the base. It would not be able to tip off it before, definitely not now.

If you figure out hot to keep the foot pedals from vibrating/rattling, please let me know. I would not get this base again for that reason only. I also think that after a few up/down the pedals do not raise smoothly. Not sure if it is too much saw for it or what. Other than that, for the money, the base is flexible for any tools and handles the weight of it just fine with baltic birch.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 12:33 AM

OK, figured out how to tip it just fine, got some 1×10 scraps stacked behind it and I can move it off the pallet easy. OK, guess I won’t bolt!

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 12:55 AM

I was able to walk it off the pallet onto the base on my own. Nervous, but it worked fine, it moves/slides on the metal brackets more than you would think.

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