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Forum topic by ZUZI posted 08-04-2013 11:23 AM 3978 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2013 11:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question retractable casters woodriver

Well, the retracting casters arrived yesterday, and there are no installation instructions. I’ve googled around, saw some posts here from waaay back about these things. But still no information, drawings, photos, or even youtube on installation. We’re not even sure which way is “wheels down”. We’re going to mount them on an older large model Craftsman table saw. – It looks like we’ll definitely be drilling new holes for each one. My question, mainly, is: How do you figure the right spot to put them? Is there a formula, like 2” from the bottom of the leg?
The casters look really strong, and the springs are great. I’m looking forward to finally being able to move that table saw! I just hate to drill in the wrong spot, and re-drill, or even re-re-drill. Thanks in advance….
I am perfectly new here, and a very new woodworker to boot. Thanks again.

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 03:34 PM

I used the Wood River casters on my contractor’s saw a few years ago. I don’t recall if they had instructions or not.

I believe what I did was just position the caster on the leg so that the caster is just above the floor, while the caster is in the retracted position, and mark the holes for drilling. That way you are sure the casters are not hitting the floor when you want the saw stationary but you get the full “lift” of the caster when it is engaged.

I dont’ have that saw anymore but it was really nice getting the casters on there so you can move the saw around.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 04:14 PM

Thanks Lumber2Sawdust – that gives me an excellent place to start. Now I just need to buy a new metal drilling bit – It sure will be NICE to be able to move that table saw around… It’s an old one, with the extra extensions; nice, but huge.
I wonder why they don’t have some basic instructions included?

Thanks again!

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 10:37 AM

One idea that can at least show the amount of lift the casters will give is to place the unit on the leg in the retracted state (with wheel touching floor) and put a mark at the top of the unit. Repeat this with the unit in the extended state. The amount of lift will be the measure between the marks, minus a teeny, tiny bit because of the tilt angle of the legs.

I don’t really know how that info helps, but there it is!

Seems most of the retracting types will lift 3/4 inch. The more uneven (bumpy) a floor, the more lift you will want. If you find you have plenty of lift, maybe set a piece of 1/8 or 1/4 inch stock under the caster on the floor and use a clamp to hold the unit to the leg. Trace around the inside of the holes, remove unit and then use a punch to set the center of hole.

Good luck. And good rolling.


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#4 posted 08-06-2013 10:47 AM

I put some woodtec casters on a lathe stand I built that are similar to those and did just what lumber above recommended. Place the wheel on the floor in the retracted position and plate against stand and mark your holes. These things do not have much lift, so you need it pretty close to right.

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 11:43 PM

I’d like to thank you all for giving me enough info to install those retracting caster on our table saw. My husband was also invaluable! With the casters in the “up” position, we eyeballed the wheel just barely touching the floor, then we marked the top holes with a Sharpie.
—NONE of the holes that were already in the legs matched up with the casters!—

and drilled with a 3/8” titanium bit. We attached the top bolts, washers and nut.

Then, used an existing small hole about half-way down the leg: drilled through the hole to expand it, and then on through the caster. It was tough going…. John drilled the outer top holes, and I had to drill the smaller lower holes from the inside of the legs. Why? Cause I could fit UNDER the table and between the legs. (That’s what those green cushions are for) John is wearing a hardhat because he has a tendency to bump his head – and the table extensions are hard! :-)

After 2 1/2 hours (we took a few breaks) (Also had to swap out the bit for another new one) (Also shop vac’d each time we drilled, for the metal shavings were nasty)— Success! Thanks for the advice… It feels so good to be able to easily move the monster where we need it, and then tuck it back out of the way.

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 11:48 PM

ha ha , good show. glad you got it to move!

now don’t forget to post some projects!

peace, T

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