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Forum topic by Tom posted 05-26-2016 03:50 AM 695 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2016 03:50 AM

My Grizzly saw arrived today and it’s sitting in the garage in the box. After re-arranging a bit I realize I don’t have a “home” for it and that I’ll want it on wheels to move around. Should I just buy a base (HF has one that’s rated at 300 pounds, saw is under 250, Grizzly has their mobile bases on sale) or is making one better? I’ve looked at casters and double locking aren’t cheap…and it might cost as much (or more) than buying a kit. Any opinions on this? I also have the stand my table saw is on that I want to make mobile too; dragging it around is annoying.

If anyone does have a good place to buy double locking casters I’d consider making the base just because it would be fun to do.

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 04:07 AM

With some scrap bed frame angle iron, a $4 caster from HF, a little plywood and some misc. hardware – you can make one for well under $10 if you can weld.

Otherwise, any mobile base should suffice.. just depends on how much you want to spend.


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#2 posted 05-26-2016 12:41 PM

Well done. Laguna sells that unit for their BSs for in excess of $100.

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#3 posted 05-26-2016 12:46 PM

That’s pretty much what I need.

But I can’t weld. Never tried it and don’t have the equipment.

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#4 posted 05-26-2016 01:18 PM


If the Grizzly mobile base is recommended for your saw, that is the one I would buy. Why not the Harbor Freight base? A 50 pound cushion in excess of the 250 pound weight of the saw make me a little nervous. The mobile base must support the dead load of the saw plus the live load; whatever you happen to place on the saw. Over time the lighter duty mobile base could fail and I personally hate the thought of placing heavy machinery on mobile bases in the first place, let alone doing it a second time. However, if Harbor Freight offers a mobile base with a greater load capacity and at a better price, that heavy duty base would probably work fine.

A word of caution regarding “inexpensive” mobile bases requiring assembly is in order. I purchased a Grizzly bandsaw and their recommended mobile base (a Shop Fox). The carrying rails of the mobile base slid into the castored corner brackets and were secured with bolts. I wanted those securing bolts tight. As I was tightening the first bolt, it snapped. Therefore, if assembly is required, either use caution when tightening the bolts or replace the bolts with ones you know are strong.

I have some tools on heavy duty double locking casters bought from Peachtree Woodworking supply. My recollection is that the set of four cost about $60 – $70. The base was made from scrap framing lumber and ¾” plywood, making the cost of the castors my total cost of the mobile base. If there is a problem with a shop-made mobile base, it is that it can raise the height of the bandsaw table a few inches. If going this way, heavy duty castors are probably a better choice. Light/medium duty castors on my work bench deteriorate with time.

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#5 posted 05-26-2016 02:11 PM

My 0555Z sets on a HF mobile base with wooden frame members. No trouble at all. What BS did you choose?


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#6 posted 05-26-2016 02:24 PM

G0555ANV. Rates extremely well, was on sale and got a shipping discount. I didn’t pay the “unloading fee” and the UPS guy delivered it into my garage anyway.

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#7 posted 05-26-2016 04:01 PM

My UPS guy rocks, too.

I’m using HF wood furniture dollies under my 8” jointer and 14” band saw. On sale, the dollies are cheaper than the casters. I’m 6’2” so the extra height is not a problem. Pieces of scrap under the wheels prevent movement.

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#8 posted 05-26-2016 04:02 PM

I have the universal mobile base under my G0555LANV. Had to supply the plywood to make it. Has been rolled all over the shop including a 250 mile move in a trailer. I like it and after 3 years still no problems at all. This style base expands the machine footprint without raising the height excessively.

That being said if I was to buy one today it would be the Shop Fox one that Grizzly sells. It is cheaper on sale right now also.

You will like the saw and being mobile is great.

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 04:33 PM

I originally put my G0555LANV (over 300 lbs) band saw on an old delta mobile base I had previously used on my old delta contractors saw (the ones where you cut your own wood sides for) and I didn’t like it because it seemed to make the saw feel top heavy and sway even when the wheel was retracted. I don’t need to move it much or far so I made a crude shopvac powered base that allows me to float the saw a few feet on a cushion of air. It only adds about 3/4” to the height and sits totally flat when not mobilized. The cost was about a quarter of a sheet of 1/2” plywood, a smaller piece of pegboard, about $10 worth of dense rubber weather gasket (might have been automotive door gasket) and a few screws, some glue and duct tape.

It works surprisingly well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 05-26-2016 06:14 PM

Whoops. My saw was the G0513, not the G0555.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 05-26-2016 08:09 PM

BTW, here is the Air sled that inspired mine:

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 05-27-2016 01:39 AM

HTC mobile base.

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