Delta Mobile Base for Grizzly 1023RL?

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Forum topic by weathersfuori posted 12-27-2016 03:31 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2016 03:31 PM

I’ve read a few reviews/topics mentioning the Delta 50-273 mobile base being used with the Grizzly 1023/690 series table saws and have seen nothing but positive feedback… but wanted to throw this out there to see if there are any cons to this mobile base.

I’m upgrading my TS from a Delta 36-725 and love the foot pedal lift mechanism on the Delta’s base, and while I’ve seen good reviews on the Shop Fox, I’m afraid I will regret not having the foot pedal as that’s what I’m used to.

Looks like the weight capacity is a little lower on the Delta (600 lb. vs. 700), and reviews/comments here on LJ suggest there are no issues with the Grizzly fitting in it, so with the price about the same I can’t really find any reason not to go with it. Anyone have any negative experiences with the delta mobile base and similar table saws?

-- Weathersfuori, Texas,

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 07:11 PM

I’m not sure where you got that weight capacity, as it isn’t even specified in the ‘manual’ that comes with the base or on Deltas web site. As a reference, the 2006 Unisaw (just before the design change) with a 3HP motor and Biesemeyer fence weighed in at 642 pounds (the Grizzly has a shipping weight of only 508 pounds). I know my Uni weighs at least that and the mobile base shows no signs of straining under that load. It also has added strength due to being fully welded, and not bolted together like many of the other bases out there. I originally welded up my own base out of some 1.5×1.5 angle iron, and fabricated my own lifting caster bracket, but it did flex a bit under load… I should have used rectangular tubing like the Delta, but I had the angle iron handy so gave it a try:

(Delta 50-273 top, my homemade base bottom)

A while back, they were selling for $51 w/free shipping from both Amazon and Home Depot. Seems the price has bumped back up since then. And like the other reviews you have seen, I have absolutely no complaints about the base.


PS: According to the specs from Grizzly, the base on the 1023RL is 20-1/2 X 20-1/2 inches, so it will fit just fine. The Delta base has an internal dimension of 20-5/8 X 20-5/8 inches.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 07:30 PM

Thanks Brad- this is very helpful. Nice work on the homemade base!

I too had trouble finding the weight capacity and questioned the accuracy of what I did find (it was part of an answer on the Home Depot Q&A for the product, but I feel like I saw that number elsewhere too). I figure if it is made for a Unisaw, it should have no problem with a ~500 lb. Grizzly. I just don’t want to have to bend down all the time to move it. I have a small shop and won’t have to move it far, but I am constantly adjusting the position of my current saw to move other things around in my shop, to clean, etc…

Thanks for the price info, too. I have a little time to shop around and maybe save a few bucks with a little searching or see if Amazon happens to throw me a bone. I’ll take what I can get!

-- Weathersfuori, Texas,

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