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Forum topic by ardbeg posted 03-19-2012 04:18 PM 2091 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2012 04:18 PM

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I just ordered my Rikon Deluxe 14” from Woodcraft at their sale price. They are back ordered but that doesn’t mean I can’t get my mobile base built while I wait.

My question is this: What is the best design for something as tall, heavy and narrow as a BS? Do you go with a footprint just larger than the saw? Do you bolt the saw to the base?

Thanks guys!

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 05:37 PM

Build it if ya must, but I would buy a Shop Fox adjustable base and add a fixed ply base in the unit. Then, bolt that puppy down to the ply.
Just my thoughts.


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#2 posted 03-19-2012 05:39 PM

1+ for commercial base. Delta makes a good one, Rikon might too. My bandsaw had a shop-made base, and I replaced it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 06:01 PM

congrats. I have that saw on this mobile base (previously sold by HTC):

I have the saw sitting on a plywood base sized about 1” larger than saw base in each direction not much bigger and unbolted to the base (you could bolt it for extra stability, but the saw is not falling off unless you really want it to and I’ve been moving it a lot over broken floors carefully).

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 06:14 PM

I am a big fan of making things like this yourself. I own a couple of expensive commercially made mobile bases that sit unused in the shed. They are really nice, but expensive. If you can take the time to make one out of hardwood, you’ll save a bundle. Check out Harbor Freight for some wheels (cheapest around, even if you have to order from website).

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 06:51 PM

I put mine on a Harbor Freight base. Not very expensive with a 20% off coupon. Also not the most convenient to use, but way faster than fabricating something yourself. As I recall, I drilled holes in the metal base parts and bolted the saw to the base. The saw seems pretty stable. It probably helps that the motor is low.

By comparison my floor standing drill press is very top heavy and likes to tip – for that I made the base substantially larger (as recommended by the DP manual).

-- Greg D.

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