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Forum topic by va_scubadiver posted 08-15-2010 10:58 PM 4502 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2010 10:58 PM

Anyone have any experience with a RAS on a mobile base?

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen


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#1 posted 08-15-2010 11:07 PM

I don’t have any experience, but I have an opinion.

I’m leery of putting anything on a mobile base where alignment is of critical importance. Maybe there is nothing to worry about, but I fear that moving some tools around on a mobile base can get them out of alignment faster.

The only thing on a mobile base in my shop is a jointer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 11:32 PM

I am leery also – which is why I’m soliciting to see if anyone has any experience. I have way too many hobbies and need (want?) to be able to move my RAS out of the way for welding or other things that go on in the shop.

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 11:43 PM

In part, I think the issue is how smooth is your floor.

I saw a picture once of a table saw on a mobile base that rode on a wooden track on the floor. I always thought that was a good way to move a table saw and minimize any resulting problems.

Just an idea.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 11:51 PM

I had mine on a mobile base once, till I almost tipped it over when one of the casters caught a chunk of wood. Looking at the size of your proposed shop, which will be nice. Why wouldn’t you want to mount it in a cabinet where you would be able to have longer in feed and out feed extensions? Just my 2 cents worth.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 11:56 PM

Well.. looking to have my cake and eat it too. If possible.. I’d like to be able to push it towards the center of the ‘tool area’ when it’s not in use to make more floor space for assembly / metalworking.

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 11:58 PM

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodworking_blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Miter-Saw-Stand.jpg

I was thinking about something like this – only deeper to accommodate the depth of the RAS. Torsion box base, maybe 8’ OA in length, flip up extensions perhaps. I find that in my previous shops I have used the RAS a lot, nice to crosscut 24” or so for cabinet base panels, etc.

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 03:54 AM

I bought my RAS back in 1982. An ole craftsman. That had a sort of a mobile base in that the wheels are attached to the legs but when you don’t move it, the wheels come off the floor and the saw sits stable. I have never had any alignment problems in the 28 years I have owned it but I don’t ever move it either. I just place it along the wall midway in my garage so I have plenty of room on both sides to cross cut long pieces. I can’t think of any reason to move it, actually.

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 04:14 AM

Actually now that I think about it, my RAS was on an old Craftsman mobile base. It had wheels and a lever that would set posts down so it wouldn’t roll. The saw is from 1961 so no idea how old the stand was. Kinda reminds me of my Dewalt planer stand only taller.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 05:35 AM

I have an issue of ShopNotes that has plans for a RAS on mobile base. As long as you have good casters and they lock I don’t see any problem with doing that. It shouldn’t hurt the alignment on the saw if the base is nice and tight. If the floor is not level you may want to check it with a level before you use in the new location. I would go for it. I am doing same with mine as soon as I get the money for some good casters.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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