Your bandsaw is it bolted to the floor, on machine pads, mobile base?

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Forum topic by darthford posted 11-05-2013 07:29 AM 2859 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2013 07:29 AM

I recently purchased a 19” bandsaw from Grizzly, weight 427 pounds 76” high. I also purchased the super heavy duty Shop Fox mobile base for it but it seems awfully tippy. Just wondering what others have done here?

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 07:58 AM

This is mine. Don’t use the mobile base very often but nice to have when needed. No problems here…....................

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 11:39 AM

I have limited space in the garage, so I made a mobile base for it.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 12:11 PM

I don’t have the big one, I have the GO555P, the 14” comes with a stand but not a cabinet which allowed me to make extra storage below the saw when building my mobile base, the stand that came with it is still in the plastic stock bags stored up in the attic. The project for the build can be viewed on link below.

Mobile Base

In your case since you have a larger saw with a cabinet the same design would work only you’d make it to fit your saw, a lower profile with a tray that the saw would fit in, the U bolt that I used would be strong enough but you’d need a much more rigid hook to go on the jack for that weight. The saw doesn’t rest on the coasters once stationed, it rest on wooden pads on the floor for my stability. The mover is a 6” block with two rigid wheels on each side.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 01:54 PM

I have a 20” Grizzly bandsaw and it just sits where I placed it three years ago.

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 02:51 PM

I have the G0555 Extreme with a mobile base that I don’t use anymore. The saw is top heavy and felt tippy when moving it around, I was never comfortable with that so the base will be used under my Makita 2030N combo planer/jointer when I get help to set it on it. I have a good flat concrete floor but anytime I made a turn the base would hesitate while the wheels pivot, the saw wanted to keep going. Scary stuff. Redryder has the three wheel base, it’s much more stable than the four wheel variety. My 20” planer has a built in three wheel base and it’s much more maneuverable than the saw was on the shop fox base. It glides along like it’s on ice while the bandsaw jerked at every turn. The three wheel base has two fixed and one pivoting wheel and this really eases movement.

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 03:02 PM

I have a Shop Fox mobile base under my Jet 14” CS.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 03:17 PM

Mobile on my 0555LX, but I’m careful with it when moving. Top heavy.


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#8 posted 11-05-2013 08:47 PM

Mobile base on my G0513X2BF. I was worried about possible tipping so I made the base larger and added a sheet of 1/8 inch steel and a piece of 3/4 ply to raise it up so the bottom door will open. I bolted the ply & steel to the corners of the base and then bolted the bandsaw to the ply & steel.

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 09:04 PM

My 14 inch craftsman bandsaw is on a user made (me) dolly. It moves hither and yon all the time. the casters are grizzly four or five inch, so there isn’t any difficulty at all. The only time it is top heavy is when something catches one of the wheels and I continue to push. Even then, it isn’t too much.


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#10 posted 11-05-2013 09:05 PM

With the mobile base down on the front pads, front wheels off the floor I can still get the saw rocking back and forth with little effort and I haven’t even installed the cast iron table yet.

Since I don’t want to punch holes in my brand new concrete floor I’m going to bolt the saw down onto a wood base and install machine leveling pads, that should be quite stable. Grizzly has a 24×36 maple workbench top for cheap, $77. I tried to source this locally but they wanted well over $200.

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 11:18 PM

mobile base, 4 locking wheels

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 11:22 PM

I have a 14” PM on a PM rolling base. It is not top heavy at all. My shop space is tight so everything has to roll.

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 11:49 PM

I have my 14” Rikon on a mobile base due to limited floor space, but have no issues with it staying steady.


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#14 posted 11-05-2013 11:50 PM

Big old vintage walker turner here. Needs a mobile base but haven’t got there yet. It also needs a new v belt. The v belt will come first.

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 12:36 AM

I have a Delta X5 14”, with a riser, on a mobile base. I can rock it on uneven floors, but I keep a builder’s shim aboard the saw to stick under the high pad…

Even though I can rock it, I don’t see any danger of it falling over, even in motion. The motor is very heavy, so the saw doesn’t seem top heavy at all.

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