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09-23-2012 04:33 PM

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i’m about to start on some mobile bases for my 9”bandsaw,benchtop sander,base for my router table and build a cabinet for my planer.i would like to know if anyone has a reccomendation on good casters or any advice on mobile bases.any help would be appreciated,thanks.marty.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 06:02 PM

This is what I put under my 14in BS and it works like a champ. All four wheels lock. I also used a 3/4 plywood piece as the base to bolt the BS to. I did this in order to be able to raise the BS enough that I can open the cabinet door on the BS:

HTC3000 Heavy Duty Universal Mobile Base

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 06:15 PM

thanks mike thats a good looking base and i believe it said it supports 700lbs.thanks again.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 06:18 PM

Oh, and I almost forgot. When I made the plywood base, I made it ~4-5in wider on all sides in order to make the BS even more stable against tipping in use. I have not found it to interfere any way, when using the BS. Just a thought…

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 06:41 PM

Go to for great deals on casters.

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 07:07 PM

I made a mobile base for my jointer. It’s made out of 3/4’’ plywood, and locking casters. The HTC3000 mobile base is great too!

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 08:21 PM

I’ve used these casters with great success in several applications:,240,66331

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 02:51 AM

Locking casters are horrible. They hardly lock. Make sure you use “total lock casters” they sell at HD and lowes for about $12 a piece. (kinda pricey but they are the only ones that are worth any money)

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 03:35 AM

thanks everybody.i’ve had trouble with “locking casters” that never lock so thanks for the advice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 03:29 AM

If you want to buy casters for your router table and searching for a good company then our company is one of the best in manufacturing the heavy casters. You can get these casters in an affordable range.

heavy duty casters

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 01:40 AM

Keep in mind that the diameter of the caster wheel has a great effect on ease of movement. Putting small diameter casters on a heavy piece of equipment will make it hard to move. The only drawbacks to larger diameter casters are higher cost and raising your tool height. That said, the larger casters will make a heavy tool much easier to move around, especially if you have rough or uneven floors. Take a look at your requirements i.e. tool size and weight, how often and how far you are going to have to move it, and how smooth or uneven your floor is. Double locking casters are highly recommended.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 04:56 AM

I have made some bases for groups of equipment. Table saw, router table, bench sander, planer, the other was for the band saw, drill press and the shaper. I used metal wheels because they roll better. For locking I used push pull destaco type clamps that actually lift the base off the casters by about 1/8” especially for the table saw I have come to not trust any locking castor even the ones with engagement notches once in a while are not set and can raise your heart rate when things that should be secure suddenly take a notion to move.

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 05:55 AM

I use a lot of Caster City casters. Variety, style, total locking, light/heavy duty, reasonable prices. And, the total locking casters really work well. When locked, there is no movement at all!

Caster City

For my TS I used the one Mike posted above! But for project that need casters I go to Caster City first!

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 09:23 AM

Make sure you don’t buy casters with plastic wheels, or else the slightest piece of “stuff” on the floor keeps them from rolling. I polyurethane the best.

-- Joe

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 10:47 AM

Do not buy cheap casters… you will regret it. I did.
The best casters I know are the ones from Rockler. Pricy but if you want to move things around with ease, and not grunt and groan, this is the way to go.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 11-01-2012 12:41 PM

My two cents.

I have put most of my machines up on casters as shop space is getting tight. The machines I infrequently use are now kept in a “parking lot” and rolled out when needed. I have purchased all of my casters from Harbor Freight and have been very satisfied. This includes my 800 pound Hammer sliding table saw. Two things you need to consider.

1. Casters have a maximum load rating. You need to divide the total weight of your machine by the number of casters that will support it to get the max. load per caster. I never push the max. load and leave some room.

2. I have found that if you have a level floor, locking casters usually aren’t needed. If you are pushing on your work enough to move the machine, you are doing something drastically wrong.


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