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Forum topic by firstbase posted 12-30-2013 11:07 PM 2315 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2013 11:07 PM

Put a mobile base on my bandsaw and it raises it almost 3”. I could work with it but would be more comfortable with it a bit lower. I could move the base to my drill press where is wouldn’t bother me so much but I need the bandsaw on a base as well. I think I will make one for it but am having a hard time finding casters that will let me carry it as low as possible. Does anyone know of a set that will let you drop the equipment down below the center of the wheel or close to the ground? Hope I explained that adequately! Thanks in advance for any suggestions…

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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 11:13 PM

Make/build an offset base where the wheels are set higher than the platform. Buy or look at the Shop Fox mobile base. The Harbor Freight base is the same type. Check ‘em out for ideas.


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#2 posted 12-30-2013 11:14 PM

I have the mobile base from Harbor Freight on both my drill press and band saw. Detailed pics here.

Dang Bill. You are fast! :-)

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 12:48 AM

I use the Woodstock D3757 Universal Mobile Base for my Band Saw. It raises the Band Saw maybe an inch using 3/4” ply for the base. I bought mine through Amazon and with my Prime account it shipped free.

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 03:32 AM

What does the base of the bandsaw look like? I would think it would be quite simple to remove 3” between the top of the base and the top of the legs, whether they’re sheet metal or angle iron. I admire that you’re working to solve the problem. A tool that sits at the wrong height can be excessively fatiguing to use, therefore less safe than it could be.



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#5 posted 12-31-2013 03:42 AM

I’d make a base as others have suggested. In addition, I’d go to Great Lakes Casters and find some casters that I liked. I have used these guys in the past and they have been great. Their webpage is awesome for searching for what you want. On my 15” planer base, I went with 4” total lock (a type of locking mechanism that locks the rotation of the caster as well as the wheel from spinning). I wouldn’t go smaller than 4”.

Good luck and keep us posted on what you decide to do.

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 03:43 AM

I have my bandsaw and drill press on a Harbor Freight mobile base. They retail in my area for $39.99 and with a 20% off coupon that brings it down to $32. They have a 300 pound capacity, are easy to put together and are well made. I have four of these bases under my tools and have had no issues. The base raises your tools about 1 inch from the floor. Link for Harbor Freight below

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#7 posted 12-31-2013 04:11 AM

Thanks to all for the replies. First, I’m a little mistaken. I forgot that the BS legs have feet on them and they are raising it a little over 1”. I can lower them a little so I am more like 1 3/4” higher than without the base which is more liveable. Rob, I have the same Woodstock D3757 Universal Mobile Base as you but I can’t understand how yours is lower than mine. I measure 1” between the floor and the caster base. Like you 1 am using 3/4” ply which makes it a minimum of 1 3/4”. Not sure how you got rid of the additional 3/4”!!

sorry to drive this in the ground but it just seems high and at 6’ I’m not a short person.

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 04:22 AM

I have this one from Rockler on my bandsaw. Raises it up about 1/2”

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#9 posted 01-01-2014 11:50 PM

firstbase, I went out today and measured the distance from the floor to the top of the plywood. It is 1 3/4 inch high when the base is in the rolling position. When I drop the base to be stationary it’s 1 1/16th inch. I also don’t have the screw in feet on the band saw base itself. Just the angle iron legs with those plastic caps on the end and it doesn’t slide at all.

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 03:09 AM

I have the Jet mobile bases on all my equipment and love them. They only raise the machine about 1/2 inch from the floor. There isn’t any lifting and dropping like with the HTC bases. You simply lock and unlock the wheels to move things about. Very stable and can handle heavy weights. On my DP I mounted it to a piece of 3/4 ply, then mounted it into the Jet base for stability.

-- Earl

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 05:02 PM

Thanks for measuring Rob, yours do match mine. I’m going to (somehow) take the feet off the BS which will lower it a good bit and see how that feels. Earl, will check out the Jet as well as the Rockler suggested by Charles. Sorry for the delayed response, been traveling and thanks for all the info!

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