Mobile base for PM1800?

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Forum topic by M_Dominic posted 12-27-2012 05:13 PM 2095 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2012 05:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mobile base pm1800 bandsaw bandsaw

I decided to signup for this site based on the excellent discussions I have read. I hope my first post is as fruitful.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to put together my dream workshop, all Powermatic tools: PM2000 table saw, PM1800 bandsaw, 209-1 planer, 60HH jointer, 3520B lathe, PM1300TX dust collector with canister and PM1200 air cleaner. I got a good deal on pricing and shipping with tailgate delivery thrown in. But, I’ll be the first to admit this is a splurge.

I know each tool would likely get alternate recommendations from many, but but I have used their lathe and loved it, I have also used the PM2000 and really liked that. I will now have access to a reasonable supply of rough lumber and therefore went with the 20” planer and PM1800 and 8” jointer with helical head.

I still have quite a lot to get setup, first is dust collection -that’s a separate post.

My question here is about putting the massive PM1800 on a mobile base. I saw a post by Pete Perello with a picture of his custom base. That looked great.

My shop is smaller than ideal for all that equipment but workable, in part because of the mobility of most of the tools. The 18” bandsaw is not mobile though. Given that I plan to do a fair bit of resawing, and on 8’-ish boards, I need to be able to put the saw more central in the shop, but would like to slide it off to a side when not used.

I’d really love to get advice, recommendations and a source for a good based that adds minimally to the height.

Dominic Ryan

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 07:32 PM

posted in error.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 02:35 AM

Did you find a mobile solution for your pm1800? I just bought a new PM1800 today and it arrives tomorrow…
I have to have it mobile as my space is small. I hope I scored as I paid 3100 delivered. prolly have to go custom made as this thing is heavy

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#3 posted 03-03-2013 08:58 PM

HTC pointed me to the closest one they have that will fit. Apparently they used to do custom a few years ago. That was what another person posted a picture of. However they stopped the custom work about 18 months ago. They did say that they might start it up again. I am sort of parked right now. If they do start up the custom work I’d be very tempted. I think the stock based they suggested was around $300 and I have not found anything better. I liked the way the base seems to sit when not mobile, looks solid.

In the mean time I am using it without moving it for now. I will need to rip a lot of antique chestnut I picked up and I will definitely need it for that. The beams are 22’ long. That will have to wait for the summer I think.

-- Dominic Ryan

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 09:11 PM

I have my TS on a Shop Fox mobile stand. Works well for me.


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#5 posted 03-03-2013 09:25 PM

I quite like the built in base on the PM2000 TS, don’t need an extra one for that. It takes a little cranking of the wheel to drop or raise the casters, but works well. The only improvement would be to put the extension table legs on casters as well. I will do that soon-ish.

-- Dominic Ryan

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 05:29 AM

Rockler has the al-terrain mobile base it can hold up to 800lbs or is the PM1800 heavier than that?

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 01:11 PM

When I bought my Jet TS I got their mobile base from a vendor online. It might work for your bandsaw.
It puts together with no tools in about a minute and is adjustable for different sizes. It is a heavy duty mobile base and has a lot of solid metal in it. Not flimsy in any regard.

I a piece of 3/4 ply on it to raise the TS a little. I have had no trouble at all with this base, so it might be worth checking out.

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