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Forum topic by oldnovice posted 10-01-2012 11:22 PM 3203 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2012 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw mobile base total lock casters

My table saw allows me to use total lock casters and I was wondering if using these over a mobile base like the HTC 3000 would be a better choice? There is much less hardware associated with using the casters.

Cost of the casters is about $10.00 less and I have used these before so I know they really totally lock for total immobility. My TS weighs about 280lbs, the casters are rated for 250lbs each and the HTC3000 is rated at 700lbs.

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 12:04 AM

I used the HTC 3000 mobile base on my BS, however, I used the Grizzly proprietary mobile base for my TS:

Considering that my TS weighs more than twice what you are needing to make mobile, you are probably correct in considering the total lock casters as your solution. That being said, what I like about the mobile bases that I used is that they both offer a much wider base/footing than each of the saws alone. I do not know if that is important or not in your situation, but something to consider.

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 12:07 AM

Hans, I would say that you would be better off just getting the casters. Purchasing the mobile base is just going to make it so that you are mounting a base on a base on top of a set of casters. The additional hardware would be overkill. Save the base purchase for a router cabinet or bandsaw where the additional hardware would provide more benefit. Also, the mobile base may raise the height of the TS to a level that may be less comfortable for you.

Just my two cents

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 12:18 AM

My jointer weighs about 450lb, I have it on locking casters and it rolls great. The HTC 3000, I’m sure it’s better than locking casters. Good luck!

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 12:43 AM

i have a 400 lb band saw on an htc 1000. it is a POS and will be replaced when i start using the BS more. all htc products, especially their mobile bases are, IMHO, overpriced and underengineered.

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