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DavidNJ

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452 days ago

I’d like something that puts the saw on the ground firmly and is easy to use.

These caught my eye:

This ShopFox for $55:

And this Rockler for $63:

And this one for $70:

The Rockler uses 1.5” square hardwood and the reviews are that it is a PITA to assemble. The ShopFox uses less expensive plywood but raises the saw by the 3/4”.

The others I’ve seen don’t have that sort of press down pedal.


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#1 posted 452 days ago

How much does the saw weigh?

Also, Italian-style steel-frame saws have a narrow footprint
and a lot of weight up high, so I would recommend putting
front-to-back stabilizers on the saw base and using an
oversized mobile base.

The Rockler style is ok for a machine up to about 300lbs.
and the kick lever is very good on it. The wood will
sag with heavier machines and if the floor is at all uneven
it may scrape.

I have a bunch of mobile bases by different manufacturers –
machine weight has a lot to do with what is going to
work well.

I’d avoid the kind with the kick levers like the adjustable
one in the bottom pic except for machines in the under
150 lb. range.

This one is really nice

I have one. I have a 400+lb overarm router on it and it
glides across the floor.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#2 posted 452 days ago

The Rikon 18” weighs 390 lb according to Rikon, and has a base that is 30” x 18”

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toolie

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#3 posted 452 days ago

this one, which is placed on sale for $50 several times a year:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2080750/33126/woodriver-universal-mobile-base-hardware-kit.aspx

i have an htc similar to the third unit above under my 10-340. it’s awful.

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

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DavidNJ

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#4 posted 452 days ago

Toolie, that is the same as the Shopfox unit at the top of the list. Do you have it under your 10-340? It looks like you could bolt the table saw to the base; the 10-345 has provisions for two 10mm/.375” bolts.

In the reviews it seems some people made the base larger that the base of the machine. Did you do that?

Some people went larger than 3/4” plywood for the base. Is that necessary?

Even the 3/4” plywood raises the machine an extra 3/4” in addition to the clearance of the base, over 1” total. Is that extra 3/4” a problem?

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toolie

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Do you have it under your 10-340?

not yet. but when i start doing projects that invoolve more BS use, i’ll get the woodcraft base ( on sale) as it’s a far superior base to anything from HTC.

In the reviews it seems some people made the base larger that the base of the machine. Did you do that?

no, and i won’t when i make the change. it won’t hurt when it comes to stability during movement, but it’s not necessary but i need to minimize the size of the base so it fits where i keep it.

Some people went larger than 3/4” plywood for the base. Is that necessary?

when i make the change, i will go with doubled 3/4” plywood for a stronger base i’ll bolt the saw to the plywood for stability.

Is that extra 3/4” a problem?

i had to raise the saw on the current (really disappointing) HTC base to get the lower door to open without obstruction from the base’s rail. no problem whatsoever.

hope this helps.

BTW, i put the delta version of the rockler base under a refurbished unisaw. it functioned, but the single pivoting caster did create some situations of instability. that instability could create issues with a saw that’s 3+’ taller.

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

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Surfside

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#6 posted 451 days ago

Shopfox mobile base would be a top choice!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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bbasiaga

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#7 posted 450 days ago

I have a Jet one for my 14” ShopFox bandsaw. They make several sizes. The one I have adjusts for width in both directions and may be usable for an 18” saw. They come in a bunch of sizes and range in price accordingly. Here is one size I found on Amazon (not sure if that is the same size I have).

http://www.amazon.com/Jet-708118-JMB-UMB-Universal-Mobile/dp/B00006S7CE/ref=pd_cp_hi_0

It rolls smooth and locks and unlocks easily with just your foot. The shop fox model I looked at you had to bend over and crank down on a bolt to get it off the wheels so it wouldn’t roll. PITA.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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DavidNJ

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#8 posted 450 days ago

Doesn’t that Jet unit always keep the saw on the wheels and never drop on half to the ground?

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toolie

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#9 posted 450 days ago

looks like the same basic construction as the HTCs. not terribly noteworthy.

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

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DavidNJ

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#10 posted 450 days ago

I’d like one were all the wheels where in the air when the unit was on the ground. However, it seems the best I can hope for is two.

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bbasiaga

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#11 posted 449 days ago

Correct. The Jet has locking casters. I have resawn oak on my 14” and never had an issue with the machine wanting to move on me.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#12 posted 449 days ago

I bought a set of leveling casters and built my own mobile base for my Rikon 18”. It is a frame of 1” L-iron with 2 three quarter MDO panels and the leveling casters holding it all up. I don’t remember where I bought them but if you roll the pads down on the floor under a large enough base, it isn’t going anywhere. The downside is that this raises the saw table a couple of inches which might be a disadvantage although it doesn’t bother me.

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DavidNJ

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#13 posted 449 days ago

tnwood, do you have any pictures?

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#14 posted 449 days ago

Rockler sells these, but there are marginal—100# each—for use with a 400# bandsaw.

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