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Forum topic by dask posted 04-21-2012 10:34 AM 3748 views 6 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2012 10:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mobile base hercu lift table lift

Thought I would give it a try and see how well this operates…was built in a hurry because the heat in Phoenix hit 100 degrees today, and if you’ve ever tried to handle metal tools in this heat you’ll know what I’m talking about. It works better than I expected.
Will make a few minor adjustments on the next one and i plan on doing this on all my tools.
Having some issues trying to embed YouTube on my tablet, so I hope the link works
Btw…its not easy trying to operate the lever standing on one foot and taking video :-)

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 11:10 AM

It’s better if you embed the video.. Have a great day!

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:38 PM

Nice, really nice.
What is your cost in material?
I would think the dimensions are critical to take advantage of the lever action.
Can you share some details?

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 05:55 PM

HHHOPKS, I will take some pics, and add wording in Photoshop today to the pics.
David…bro, I tried for hours on my tablet. Gonna give it a shot on my laptop today and see if i can embed from there.


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#4 posted 04-21-2012 08:44 PM

Wow…nice contraption, dask!
That must have taken some engineering know-how to pull off. Pretty cool. And I finally know what to do now with all my old door hinges :-)
I guess I’m assuming the typical lock-down casters don’t work so great on stands like this?


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#5 posted 04-21-2012 10:08 PM

Thanks Andy,
Actually I dont take credit for the engineering part…it sort of resembles the lift system called herc-u-lift that ive seen on certain tools. The locking mechanism was my idea…LOL.
You could use the locking type casters but they might be too big to spin completely around without hitting the side of the support 2×4…plus, why waste lock-down casters since you dont need them on this contraption…thats why I used such small casters but they were rated at 80 lbs.
Total cost for everything was around 20 bucks.

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 11:23 PM

I like it, I know what I’m going to be working on tomorow. Thanks for posting it.

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 01:30 AM

John, throw some pics here so we can see your project.

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 02:02 AM


i like this too.i bought the last mobile cart on sale it was 40 bucks and really not that good i’m going to make some of these for the rest. thanks for sharing and the link too

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 03:11 AM

Ok, lets try this…

1. First of, you will need to cut two 2×4’s for the support rails. Do not attach the hinges yet, just get the support rails to fit where and how you want them to.

2. Once you are have your support rails cut, then size and cut your swivel rail, make the swivel rails as long as possible since your casters are attached on the ends. Wider stance=more stability. Now, attach the hinges. Leave some space between the support rail and swivel rail when you attach the hinges so the casters underneath do not come in contact with the support rail when the wheel is rotating…1/2”-3/4” should be ample.

3. Now, attach your caster on the swivel rail...make sure they are centered properly or when you try to lower the swivel rail one caster might touch the ground before the other, hence putting too much pressure on only one caster.

4. Now, attach support rail/swivel rail combo to your tool. (Actually, after #5 process is done and attached then install that section to your tool.)

5. Next cut the swivel block to fit between the hinges…mine was around 6”. I cut a small recess with a Fostner bit so the head of my bolt and a washer would be flush with the block. Then I drilled a hole in the swivel block and the top rail and ran a bolt through it. Do not over tighten as you want it to move freely. Add thread lock or do like me and just place two nuts together and tighten them against each other.

6.Attach the swivel block and top rail to the hinge rail.

7. To get the proper dimension of the bottom rail is simple. While the tool is resting on its support legs the swivel rail with the casters is resting on the ground freely. Take a 2×4 and extend it far enough under the top rail to where is touching…that will be the length of the bottom rail. Once attached and you apply downward pressure on the top rail, immediately to bottom rail will move also. Adjust as needed of course, and I also used a 3/4 round router bit to cut the top of the bottom rail for a smoother glide.

8. As for the locking mechanism, I just used an old saw wrench and cut a groove for the 2×4.

Please, post pics of your project so we may all benefit from improvisations done to this mobile lift.

Thanks & Enjoy


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#10 posted 05-27-2012 11:14 AM

Dask, this is a great solution! I have a Drum sander on a homemade steel base with only 2 fixed wheels. This will fix the issue. I will post pics when I make it!

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