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Forum topic by justholler posted 03-02-2012 06:34 PM 1014 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 06:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mobile tools casters

As seen in the pics, I have a Delta planer with legs but no mobility. I would like to know if putting casters on this style of leg would create a problem or if this is a no brainer. I sort of feel like this is a dumb question but the particular piece of the leg has only a plastic type “foot” on it that obviously has a hole in it just right for a caster with stem. I wanted to go ahead and get another opinion if this foot is OK to use with a caster or if I should plan to go another route with making the machine mobile. By the way….what makes these things so darn heavy! It looks lighter than it is :-)

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 06:55 PM

I have a stand vary similar to this one and the casters just twist off because there is nothing to hold the molded leg bottoms.I suggest attaching the legs to a piece of plwood and then attaching the casters to the plywood.The other alternative is to get a Shop fox or HTC mobile base they are both are well made.

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 10:22 PM

I made an open frame of 1×4s. In one case, I sandwiched the foot of the legs between the two boards, and in the other I put one of the caster mounting bolts through the foot. However, I don’t know if either of these methods will work for you, as you don’t seem to have any horizontal metal at the base of the legs.

-- Peter

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 04:34 PM

I too agree with Chipy on adding a plywood base. Small casters can fall off when rolling over a rough concrete floor. A frame made of steel angles and welded to the legs would be better if you have the capability.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 08:32 PM

I have a cast iron router table with the same lame feet. this weekend I put 2×4 all around the perimeter on their side attached to 1/2” OSB then attached total lock casters to it. Similar idea to Peters but creates a little shelf which was a bonus.

-- Russ

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