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Forum topic by sgv posted 10-27-2013 12:00 PM 1682 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2013 12:00 PM

Hi guys, I just got my shopfox mobile base for my 1920s bandsaw. the base is to large (front to back,) I put a piece of plywood down but I am not happy, can I cut the square metal tubing to make a tighter fit? I would need to cut off about 2 1/2 inches. any thought. Thanks LJs

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 12:37 PM

Go for it! As long as you don’t cut it too short, I don’t see any harm in cutting it shorter to meet your needs. I have a Shop-Fox Mobile Base on my 1930’s Hutchinson shaper.

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 01:20 PM

I have done just that, you will be fine.

-- Stephan

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 01:36 PM

Buy a Harbor Freight mobile base, for a fraction of the price you paid for this one.
They are customizable (?).
I have one and it works perfect.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 01:42 PM

return it and get this:

it can be made to any size needed and the tool can be bolted to the plywood. they also get reduced to ~ $50 a few times each year.

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 02:08 PM

I have most everything on casters. I just buy casters with brakes from Harbor Freight and make my own mobile bases. Size is right and not allot Of $$

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 02:22 PM

toolie, this basically the same base that HF but for more money

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 02:49 PM

I like this Rockler over the HF version because of the big, easy to use caster in the front from moving. It does stick out further, though. I haven’t found that to be a problem.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 03:15 PM

If you expand that base to its largest size possible, how much would the pieces overlap? As long as when you cut it it doesn’t overlap less than that you will be fine.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 04:10 PM

Thanks all I will try cutting since I have it already

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 10:11 PM

Cut like butter new saw blade in my saws-all

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#11 posted 10-28-2013 04:38 AM

They had several machines on these Shop Fox mobile bases at one of my local woodworking stores, I checked them out this weekend and they were quite stable and I loved the dual foot operated lifts. These are also sold under the Wood River brand at Woodcraft. I have 2 brand new Shop Fox super heavy duty mobile bases that I’m not impressed by at all. My 19” bandsaw seems quit unstable on it and bending over to twist the tiny knob and the tiny plastic feet…I wish I had seen the above stands before buying these.

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