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Forum topic by KevinSullivan posted 02-15-2011 09:14 AM 4498 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2011 09:14 AM

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I just ordered this saw, first I’ve owned. With cabinet-mounted trunions and all, perhaps it’s a winner. That’s why I picked it over the new Grizzly. We’ll see. In any case, I need a good mobile base for this saw. The “Portamate” that Sears recommends is, I assume, the same HTC3000 that gets panned in reviews on Amazon.

Can someone who knows recommend a universal or dedicated mobile base for this thing? The cabinet dimensions are 17 3/4” X 20”, which is too narrow for most of the heavyweight mobile bases that I’ve seen. The weight of the unit is 485lb. I’d rather not make my own base (time is money), but if I have to I will. In that case, please point me to instructions.

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 12:58 AM

I have three of Grizzly’s Shop Fox mobile bases and love them. Rand

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 07:48 AM

ditto on shop fox. Made my own and bought a light weight base before discovering shop fox

-- florida/maine gramps

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 03:14 PM

I have the shop fox as well and it is bullet proof. Worth the bucks.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 01:14 AM

Thanks guys. The only Grizzly Shop Fox base that looks like it’ll work is the one that requires custom-cut piece of 3/4” plywood, with the casters then bolted on. Let me know if this sounds right. None of the adjustable bases look like they’ll work, because either their minimum size is too large or their carrying capacity is too small. Let me know if you think I’m wrong. I’d rather buy an adjustable base. If you know of one that works, let me know!

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 02:39 AM

The best I’ve used are the HTC welded bases. They have a footprint
calculator tool on the HTC website. The bases are spendy but rock
solid and easy to wheel around.

I’ve also tried some different adjustable ones that worked ok. The
kind where you supply your own hardwood rails is an okay design,
but the wood parts flex too much under a heavy machine and
movement on uneven floors is not as smooth. Substitute steel
box beams and the problem would go away.

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 05:01 PM

I currently have the similar saw and purchased the HTC 3000. However, the base flexes slightly at the corners. The craftsman hybrid so called zip code saw is about 400lb. If I was to do this over again, I would go with something that would be rated at a higher load limit. The HTC product is well made, but just did not do what I expected.

If I change out the HTC 3000, I have not made a decision on what to purchase.


P.S. not sure where I thought it was a craftsman saw?

-- Bob, Panama City Beach, Florida

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 05:35 PM

BobFlyer: Thanks for the comment. Sears recommends the Porta something or other HTC3000, but the reviews on Amazon are consistent with your statements: the HTC3000 is just not hefty enough for this saw.

Thanks to Loren (message above) I visited HTC’s site looking for a welded base, but they have none in exactly the size that’s apparently needed for this saw: 17 3/4” x 20”. They do have one for 17 3/4” x 21” but I don’t think it’s wise to buy a base mismatched by an inch.

My next move is to call HTC and see if they can produce a custom welded base for this saw. My guess is that they’ll do that happily and then add the design to their standard range of welded bases. The 22116 appears to have potential to be a popular item, given its cabinet-mounted trunions.

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 04:23 AM

Update: HTC doesn’t have a welded base at 17 3/4” x 20” They will manufacture a custom base for $218 + shipping. They didn’t want to hear about the gloomy reviews on the HTC 3000 on Amazon and elsewhere (including in this thread). $218 + shipping is more than 1/4 the price of my new hybrid table saw. I won’t do it. Too bad. So, bottom line: I still see no good commercial mobile base option for the C’man 22116.

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 06:14 PM

now that you have had your 22116 saw for a while, what do you think of it, are you happy you bought it, also what did you do for a mobil base? I am thinking of purchasing the saw now, but looking for input, Thx

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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