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Forum topic by Plain posted 07-15-2016 06:21 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2016 06:21 PM

Does someone use that combination ? I have a Shopfox cheap ( in cost but not quality) mobile base that served well with my Grizzly. I see that the extension table legs, which I did not have on Grizzly could be a point of inconvenience. I could either remove the legs (36” fence with 3HP motor) which potentially could make the saw less stable or loosen them up every time I move the saw. What is your experience ?


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#1 posted 07-15-2016 06:57 PM

I would strongly recommend springing for the ICS base with the PCS comversion, if you can swing it. It lifts the legs off the floor when you pump it up, and sets them nicely back down. Omnidirectional too. We’ll worth it if you can swing it.

I have a Shopfox base on my bansaw. It is nice, but not as useful for a heavy machine as the Sawstop ICS base.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 07:30 PM

Sure, I can afford but cannot justify $340 for a mobile base. I am not going to commute to work on the table saw just move it a meter or two once in a while.

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 08:07 PM

I use the Rockler all-terrain mobile bases on all of my heavy tools, I push my 500lbs. shaper round the shop without any issue, the shopfox base wheels broke into peaces. I only buy the bases from Rockler when on sale for 25% OFF.

http://www.rockler.com/rockler-all-terrain-mobile-base-holds-up-to-800-lbs

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 08:28 PM

According to Grizzly their mobile base is better than Rockler and SS combined:
”...loor. You will find these mobile bases to be far superior to any mobile base on the market in strength, adjustability and movability. ...”

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 08:39 PM

Mine is older, and it is nice for sure. But in my experience it is not as nice as the Ss in this case. Of course, the SS is pretty specifically designed for its saws….not sure I’d use one on my bandsaw.

If you move it once a month, no big deal. If you move it daily, I think it would not take long to see the value of it. It has omnidirectional casters and a hydraulic jack. Instead of only two casters and no jack. With the machine lowered, it’s full weight sits on the floor, vs. having to rely on the casters locking mechanism to hold it in place.

Just pointing this out because some of the differences may not be obvious til you see one in person. Spend your money as you see fit.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 08:41 PM

There’s a reason the ICS bases cost so much. Of course, the first reason is they want to make money hand over fist, but that’s the norm. The other reasons is that it sets a new standard for mobile bases; it really, really is nice. It has a hydraulic jack that lifts the saw straight up, and the saw takes the extension table up with it. So you have a compact base that lifts everything, and the 4 swivel wheel arrangement, and then when you sit it down the saw sits flay on the floor (if the floor is flat, of course). That said, if the internal dimensions of your Shop Fox will accept the footprint of a PCS there is no reason it won’t work. The extension may take a workaround, but if the Shop Fox base lift the tight side of the saw, the extension should lift right up with it. I think that ICS base comes with the hardware to adapt it to the PCS, but if not I can give you mine (the adapter stuff) for the postage. I will have to find it, we moved and things aren’t exactly organized at the moment.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 07-15-2016 10:37 PM

I have had other mobile bases. But the Sawstop ICS base is the best one I have found. Yes it is expensive but easy on my back to move. It was worth the investment.

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#8 posted 07-16-2016 02:15 AM

If the saw fits the stand than great, use it. Paint it gloss black & call it a day. I have both stands mentioned. If you don’t plan on moving the saw much & already have the shop fox thats awesome. Its easy to spend other peoples money, you guys are pushers ;-) When I bought my house I didn’t get the best I got what worked, now I sit back & laugh at all my broke a$$ friends, gees, your house is real nice buddy, check out my new tools, hahaha

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#9 posted 07-16-2016 03:34 AM

I have my SS PCS on the ICS mobile base and it works very well. Since it lifts the saw, the extension legs go up as well. And it can lift the saw a good inch if needed. Floors can be uneven so you need some real clearance to ensure the extension legs won’t hit something.

Also, the ICS base has 4 swivel casters. I think that is pretty close to a must have. It allows you to move the saw in any direction. Any of the bases with the 2 fixed wheels and 2 swivel are not nearly as maneuverable.

My shop is pretty small, so I tend to move my saw around a bit to get clearance. It’s very helpful for me to be able to rotate the saw in place. Which you can only do if all the casters swivel.

-- Clin

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#10 posted 07-18-2016 02:24 AM

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#11 posted 07-18-2016 02:37 AM

Harbor freight sells the same mobile base. That’s an ICS in the pic.

What’s the point?

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#12 posted 07-18-2016 09:19 AM


If the saw fits the stand than great, use it. Paint it gloss black & call it a day. I have both stands mentioned. If you don t plan on moving the saw much & already have the shop fox thats awesome. Its easy to spend other peoples money, you guys are pushers ;-) When I bought my house I didn t get the best I got what worked, now I sit back & laugh at all my broke a$$ friends, gees, your house is real nice buddy, check out my new tools, hahaha

- MikesProjects


It’s not about laughing at someone. It’s about priorities, his are just different than yours. Your tools are more important to you than where you live and where he lives in more important than tools. I wounder if he laughing at you too.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 07-18-2016 05:31 PM



Harbor freight sells the same mobile base. That s an ICS in the pic.

What s the point?

- Rentvent


Nothing. Just that Shopfox can hold much more than PCS. As you noted it is ICS which is much heavier plus it has metal roller outfeed table which is not light by itself.

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#14 posted 07-18-2016 05:33 PM


If the saw fits the stand than great, use it. Paint it gloss black & call it a day. I have both stands mentioned. If you don t plan on moving the saw much & already have the shop fox thats awesome. Its easy to spend other peoples money, you guys are pushers ;-) When I bought my house I didn t get the best I got what worked, now I sit back & laugh at all my broke a$$ friends, gees, your house is real nice buddy, check out my new tools, hahaha

- MikesProjects

It s not about laughing at someone. It s about priorities, his are just different than yours. Your tools are more important to you than where you live and where he lives in more important than tools. I wounder if he laughing at you too.

- AlaskaGuy


Living without tools even in a nice house is simply existence. :-)

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