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Forum topic by Mark2457 posted 11-25-2015 12:36 AM 929 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2015 12:36 AM

Hi Guys

Will be finishing build of my 22×24’ garage/workshop in next few weeks. i want to make all my heavy power tools mobile. Wondering what casters you’re all using. My main station will be 300lb table saw with router and 13”planer (about 8 feet long). The one at local big box store seem either poor quality or way overpriced. 3 or 4-inch would be good as i’m 6’ 3” so would like working heigh higher than normal



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#1 posted 11-25-2015 12:44 AM

I’ve had good success with HF casters, and if you catch them when they are on sale and then use a 20% off coupon, you can get them pretty cheap. 300 pounds is not much weight either, so you don’t need anything super heavy duty.

I’ve used these casters for a few different machines (all about 300lbs)... 3” swivel with brake rated for 125lbs. They are on sale now, so you can pick them up for under $3 a piece. The page says solid rubber, but they are, I’m pretty sure, urethane instead (and I really like the blue color :)

They also have these 4 inch casters that are rated for 330lbs, which I used on a homemade lifting bracket I made – originally intended for use on my Unisaw (~600 lbs). Less than $5 a piece:


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#2 posted 11-25-2015 02:00 AM

I like HF’s 3 inch casters with a cast iron hub/wheel and relatively thin rubber tire. I’ve used them on machines up to 700 lbs. The advantage of the thinner tire is that is doesn’t compress and form a flat spot the way solid rubber wheels do.

But I’m not sure whether they currently carry them.

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 02:42 AM

HF casters work well, I have made a few cabinets for people that use them as you have described and never heard a complaint. Last year a parts house manager asked me if I had any use for a plastic tote of 4” casters, all new. The price being free I smiled and said, “yeah I might.” LOL

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 12:37 PM

Thanks a lot guys. Will check them out

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 01:13 PM

I have 4 sets of these. So far they have been fantastic but I’ve only had them for about 6 months so YMMV.

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 01:28 PM

What type of floor do you have and how smooth is it? Part of my shop is old concrete with cracks and very large expansion joints so smaller castors drop into the joint and I have to lift the tool out.

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