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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 11-27-2015 03:40 AM 1327 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2015 03:40 AM

I have a 20” Sunhill planer that needs a mobile base. I had to borrow my friends engine hoist to unload the thing and will be borrowing it again to make room for a new (to me) delta 37-196 6” jointer. I have done some looking around and i`m having a hard time finding anything able to handle anything near that weight.

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#1 posted 11-27-2015 03:42 AM

Gee I can’t understand why! I got to check it out. That’s got to be a real monster. I’m thinking your going to have to get one custom built with extra heavy duty casters. But I might be wrong.

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#2 posted 11-27-2015 03:46 AM

Sunhill isn`t around anymore but Its very similar to the Grizzly G0454.. and its shipping weight of 920 lb.

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#3 posted 11-27-2015 04:06 AM

I just watched the Wood Whisperer’s latest YouTube episode and he had a review of the Portamate heavy duty rolling base that’s good for 1500 pounds:

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#4 posted 11-27-2015 04:20 AM

Oddly enough thats close to what I`ll be paying for the jointer.

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#5 posted 11-27-2015 04:48 AM

Shop Fox G7315Z – Super Heavy-Duty Mobile Base 1300 lbs

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#6 posted 11-27-2015 04:53 AM

Mount it on a forklift. Preferably propane powered. ;)

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#7 posted 11-27-2015 05:07 AM

Get a welding buddy to build you one out of 2×2x .125 square tubing. That stuff will hold it up. Use 4in casters with locks.

-- Pete

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#8 posted 11-27-2015 12:13 PM

Years ago I had plans to buy a grizzly 20” planer, and bought the mobile base first (never did buy the planer, though). Anyway, it was similar to this one. The size of this might not be the one you need, but HTC offers them in all sizes. A talk with them on the phone will get you the model you need. BTW, if you’re near a Menard’s and want to work at it…they can order it for you and have it shipped to your home. However, they may not know that…I had to write the company HQ asking for help…which they did and I ordered an HTC though my local store (this was one for a different tool). That might have saved me $40 or so, and took almost 6 weeks.

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#9 posted 11-27-2015 01:51 PM

I used to have an old 20” Parks planer on a cast iron base. It weighed in at 1800 lbs. the only way I was ever able to move it was with steel rollers under two by fours and then it was no picnic but the method certainly works.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 11-27-2015 03:26 PM

I think that’s how the pyramids were built!

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#11 posted 11-27-2015 04:38 PM

Mount it on a Jeep. WWII vintage. They’ll do ANYTHING1


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#12 posted 11-27-2015 04:49 PM

Put it on a heavy duty skid, move it with a pallet truck.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 11-27-2015 05:30 PM

Giser3546, the remark you made that $140 was close to what you paid for the 20” planer seems to have
slipped by, but I think it deserves a very hearty “you suck”.

Table saw? #2: Almost finished cabinet saw. -
If you want to make your own here are some pictures of my cabinet saw base. It is a plate of 1/4” plate
under the saw extended to the sides far enough to put two pieces of 2-1/4” plank on. Then I ran
thru bolts to hold 1/4” plate to the top of the plank. I mounted 4 5” swivelling casters rated at 450#
each to the plate, covered it with wood and it works great. I cut the plate with a special enclosed skill
type saw made for cutting metal. You might want to up grade to 3/8” plate for your planer if you
try this approach. Hope you have lots of fun with your new toy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 11-28-2015 03:51 PM

Zambus casters carry 375lbs per unit, more than enough for your planer. If you don’t already have mount points, make a base out of square steel with tabs for mounting the casters, or weld tabs on to the planer base. I use these casters on my Minimax equipment, they are well worth the $$.

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#15 posted 11-28-2015 04:08 PM

just get some cast iron casters, that’s what they are made for, heavy items.
You can get a base welded easily, make it a tripod with levelers on the front to lock it.

-- Jeff NJ

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