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08-14-2012 07:50 PM

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Finally I am purchasing one of my major pieces of equipment, the Grizz 14” Extreme G0555X band saw. It has 26” x 30” cabinet type base. Wt about 260 lbs. Looking for advice on good, solid mobile base that will lock down & be stable. Thanks!

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 08:48 PM

Ah,Darc..I have a GO555X and put it on the larger HF movers dolly. Slightly top heavy but been using it that way for 3 years.

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 12:17 AM

I have the same saw, don’t get the one from Griz. Wheels are terrible. I just made that mistake. I now have the one from woodcraft. Much better.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2005331/29417/htc-adjustable-mobile-base-htc2000-.aspx

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 05:16 PM

Howie – I’m concerned about it being slightly top heavy on the dolly… is that when it’s moved or stationary? Also, does it have locking caters?

Trickshot – does the HTC 2000 allow you to fit the base snug or did you shim it make it tight, or OK as is? Has the locking feature worked good for you & held up OK?

Thanks to you both for your input!
Darc

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 05:29 PM

Do you want to operate the base locks with your foot or not?

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 05:40 PM

Loren – I think locking with my foot would be preferred, but that’s not fixed in stone since I really don’t know the options & trade offs. Suggestions & experiences are certainly welcome.
Thanks

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 05:50 PM

260 lbs. isn’t that much. The 3 wheeled bases where you provide
the wood stretchers are a good value and you can kick the mechanism
up or down with your foot easily.

The welded (not adjustable) HTC 3 wheeled bases are the best
I’ve used. They are spendy though. You can find them on
ebay sometimes for less.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 06:23 PM

I have the HF mobile base on my G0555LX. Works well, but the saw is top heavy. Gotta be carefull so ya don’t tip the saw. Be sure to set the “feet”.
Bill

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 10:22 PM

Darc, My saw is against the wall and I just pull it straight out to use it the roll it back in. If I was going to move it around a lot I’m sure I would get something with a lower center of gravity.
I have a some others, one is a HF and the other two are Woodcraft. Frankly they all leave something to be desired.

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 10:30 PM

My bandsaw came with a mobile base. But you could build one with a few pieces of hardwood, and some casters. There are a lot of mobile bases out there, im sure you could find one you like.

AJ

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 11:10 PM

I have my PM 14 inch bandsaw (also a cabinet style base) on an HTC 2000 universal mobile base because I didn’t want to pay the $250 PM wanted for their base. I put a piece of 3/4 plywood in the bottom (to stiffen it all up) and the bandsaw sits on top of that. It moves easily without being excessively tippy (bandsaws on wheels will always be top heavy) and with the wheels down it’s just as stable as if it was directly on the concrete floor. Just make sure to use thread lock on all the nuts when you assemble it or vibration will eventually make the nuts come loose.

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 11:28 PM

Check out the Shop Fox mobile base…I just bought another one yesterday for the Jointer…I have the bandsaw and the shaper on these also….You will need a piece of 3/4” plywood ( use hardwood Ply if you can)...Very fast easy put together.. You can make the base as wide as you want for stability, you can also add clips (wood-metal) to secure the bandsaw to the base .. $65 and change at A&H Turf Billings Mt.

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#12 posted 08-19-2012 07:14 PM

Thanks to all for your comments & suggestions. Believe I will go for the HTC 2000 using plywood base & check into some clips.
Sincerely appreciate your time & input.

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 07:42 PM

I having been saving up for the GO555LX saw and last night went on to order it and the price went up to $645, I was really disappointed. I could have put the extra money in but it was late and didn’t want to drive to the bank so I said to myself the price isn’t going to go any higher so I’ll wait till tomorrow. When I woke up I checked the price again and it went back down to $545 so great. I originally got a an e-mail saying it would have it’s introductory price ($545) until August 31st but I wasn’t sure about this because I have been sent other e-mails from them saying this product is only on sale till this date but then the date comes and the price doesn’t change. I’m sure if I called someone could tell me what is going on. Congratulations wncguy on getting your new bandsaw.

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#14 posted 08-19-2012 07:43 PM

I made my own as I wanted storage right at the tool. I also lowered mine down so the table is the same height as the out feed of my table saw. I find it more comfortable at this height.

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#15 posted 08-20-2012 05:07 PM

Alanbienlein,
Well done guy!

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