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11-11-2017 02:03 PM

I a getting ready to somehow put wheels on my Standing drill press. As you all know all of them are very top heavy with a very narrow base. AND impossible to move around

How how you all made any such thing for yours?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


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#1 posted 11-11-2017 02:30 PM

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 05:53 PM

I don’t have any pictures, but I laminated 2 pieces of 3/4” ply together. Then I cut them to size so that the locking casters at each corner of the plywood would be outside of the drill’s platform.

It’s a bit bigger of a footprint, but it moves easily and I find that I rarely even need to lock the casters.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 07:42 PM

Here is how I fixed the “tipsy” tendency of my 20in DP.

  • Made sure the mobile base wheels are mounted “OUT” from the sides that are most tipsy.
  • Made the 3/4in plywood base 10in wider (5in on either side) than the foot of the DP base.
  • Bolted ply wood based to the mobile base
  • Bolted the DP to the plywood base.
  • NOTE—The DP base is still no wider than my DP table AND I have a full column of height adjustment for the DP

With both the wheels making the base wider and the wider plywood base, this thing seems impossible to tip over.

Good luck with your efforts Richard!

UPDATE: I almost forgot, I had to use my 1T hoist over my shop’s center I-Beam to assemble this and mount the head. And that was with Leslie helping me!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 07:45 PM

Good fix Mike.

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 07:52 PM

Thanks Jim! After having put up with my little 8in Craftsman DP for over 20yr, I finally decided to go big or stay home. This is one splurge I really enjoy! 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 07:59 PM

Mine sits on a base with casters, it’s a little wobbly but I can move it fine without tipping. Better quality casters would be more rigid I think. But I also have a wood framed building so the floor is not quite rock solid as concrete would be.

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#7 posted 11-13-2017 08:02 PM

Well now it’s stable and mobile Mike, to complete the package.Isn’t funny how we ignore some of the tools that are due for an upgrade even though we fight their inefficiencies they have for years,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 08:10 PM



Well now it s stable and mobile Mike, to complete the package. Isn t funny how we ignore some of the tools that are due for an upgrade even though we fight their inefficiencies they have for years,
- a1Jim

Boy isn’t that the truth! 20yr ago my woodworking consisted of building and flying RC sailplanes, but even that eventually got upgraded to fiberglass and Kevlar. ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 08:16 PM

Thanks for the great response HorizontalMike. I have a question about your Grizzle DP. How do you like it? Have you measured the RUNOUT on it? A past Girlfriend of mine gifted me a Porter Cable DP from Lowes for around $300.

I never had the heart to tell here the runout was so bad it was almost unusable.. I would try to find another arbor/chuck for it see if that helps but they are all twice as much as the DP costs…

Rich


Here is how I fixed the “tipsy” tendency of my 20in DP.

  • Made sure the mobile base wheels are mounted “OUT” from the sides that are most tipsy.
  • Made the 3/4in plywood base 10in wider (5in on either side) than the foot of the DP base.
  • Bolted ply wood based to the mobile base
  • Bolted the DP to the plywood base.
  • NOTE—The DP base is still no wider than my DP table AND I have a full column of height adjustment for the DP

With both the wheels making the base wider and the wider plywood base, this thing seems impossible to tip over.

Good luck with your efforts Richard!

UPDATE: I almost forgot, I had to use my 1T hoist over my shop s center I-Beam to assemble this and mount the head. And that was with Leslie helping me!

- HorizontalMike

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#10 posted 11-13-2017 08:51 PM


Thanks for the great response HorizontalMike. I have a question about your Grizzle DP. How do you like it? Have you measured the RUNOUT on it? A past Girlfriend of mine gifted me a Porter Cable DP from Lowes for around $300.

I never had the heart to tell here the runout was so bad it was almost unusable.. I would try to find another arbor/chuck for it see if that helps but they are all twice as much as the DP costs…
Rich

Rich,
I have never measured the runout, but have to say that I have never had any issues with this DP. IMO, SIZE matters, no matter what ”past girlfriends say”. But honestly, IMO the larger DPs are probably built or QC’d a bit better. Who would ever want to ship 330lb machines back and forth? ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 08:54 PM

My 80 year old Delta DP has a round base rather than a rectangular base. That makes it much more stable and easier to move around; never any tendency to be top heavy. Maybe they got it right back then. Industrial sized machines are meant to be bolted down, not mobile, but I can understand why we make them mobile (space considerations). To move my DP, all I have to do is tip the DP up unto an edge of the base and roll it, barrel style.

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