Getting mobile tool over garage concrete threshold

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 01-12-2010 05:29 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2010 05:29 PM

Well guys when the days are nice I like to take some of the mobile tools and move then out to the driveway to work. The problem I’m having(and it finally bite me in the booty) is that the little ledge of concrete on the front edge of the garage hinders easy movement from the driveway to the garage. I’ve got a couple of ideas for possibly fixing this problem just figured I’d ask some jocks if they have a solution to the problem besides the obvious leaving of the tools in the garage.

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 05:45 PM

Use bigger casters, they are much easier to roll over edges and wires.

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 05:52 PM

Agree. Bigger casters will clear bumps better. I usually use 4”.
Casters are one of those things that seem like they should be cheap, but good ones are not. Rubber will slip less… for a router table or table saw, you definitely don’t want your casters sliding when you start pushing wood. has some decent casters. Not cheap, but not outrageous either.

Also, get 4 swiveling casters all with locks. Some say to use 2 swivels and 2 fixed, but then your tool moves like a shopping cart. Being able to rotate is essential in small spaces.

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 06:07 PM

Along with the larger size, make sure that the casters are very durable rubber. Cheaper casters will crush somewhat under weight and will distort. This will cause flat surfaces and make them difficult to move over obstacles. Not sure if your mobile bases are store bought, custom made, or hardware that is part of the tool itself.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 06:17 PM

Of course you could always attack the problem from the other direction and have that drop off between the driveway and garage turned into a gentle slope with a bit of concrete work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-12-2010 06:44 PM

You must be one of those “fix the problem, skip the bandaid” type persons Charlie :) Kudos!

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 09:11 PM

I agree with Charlie, a small bag of ready mix can be purchased cheaper than a new set of casters. If you don’t want to go with concrete, then take a piece of pressure treated wood and bevel cut and attach it with liquid nails to act as a slight ramp.

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#7 posted 01-12-2010 09:15 PM

Ya i’ve got some big casters on my table and they still catch. Can’t really put larger casters on my bandsaw or jointer. the mobile base won’t allow for it. I’ll probably try the wood before concrete simply because we are about to sell the house but thanks guys.

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