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12-29-2010 05:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mobile tools

Anybody have any good plans for a mobile base for thier tools? Ihave tried 2 different designs – 1 for a heavy combination air filter – work top – and outfeed table. Another for a large craftsman band saw. Both function but are not really good. I would like to find a good design to try to make the tools in my shop a bit more mobile.
Help Please

-- Tom, Ky.,

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 05:30 AM

I built this one, and I like it, but I don’t move my bandsaw around a lot. Everything else is going to be on a rolling cabinet.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 05:39 AM

Check out the Shop Fox selection at Grizzly.I have 3 of them and love them.

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 06:12 AM

I like this one that Fooj came up with.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 04:27 PM

I have one that is semi home built. Its the kit that Rockler has with the corners/wheels, and you add your own stretchers. I have it on my RAS and it works good.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 05:19 PM

I have carts made using a wheel barrel design, 2 wheels at one end and handle at other. When you lift the handle the wheels touch the floor making it easy to roll.

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 09:02 PM


I forgot to mention if you can get your hands on Shop Notes magazine, issue 115, which is recent, they have a plan in there for a mobile base that looks nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 10:34 PM

I put a Shop Fox under my band saw and it is terrific. I cut down the stretchers to fit the footprint of the saw cabinet … is still sturdy, but takes up a minimal amount of floor space.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 12:56 AM

I got some 2” L-stock and my FIL welded them to the right size. Then he welded the casters that Woodcraft sells. I wouldn’t use those casters for real heavy machinery, but I used them for a contractor saw, small jointer and a router table and it works fine. We have a place here in San Antonio that sells “seconds” of all kinds of steel bar/extruded bars. Maybe where you live has something like that as well.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 07:07 AM

I have General machines under everything except my table saw – they work great.


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#10 posted 01-15-2011 12:13 AM

The Shop Fox & the Jet bases are great. The HTC base is a nightmare to assemble. What you get in the box is a pile of steel angle iron & a double handful of nuts, washers & bolts. In my time at the woodworking store were I worked I put together 10 to 15 of these rascals together. It wasn’t what you would call a pleasant experience.


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