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Forum topic by Joshua Oehler posted 07-13-2014 06:31 AM 947 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2014 06:31 AM

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I found myself wondering about this today and just curious others thoughts. All of my tools have mobile bases. Has anyone ever compared performance of their tools being on a base that adds more vibration to the equipment. I don’t have the fancy bases that lower the wheel so it actually is sitting on the floor? What’s you thoughts LJ??

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 09:29 AM

Everything except the workbench and miter saw bench are on casters in my shop.
Wheels are your friend in a small shop.

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 10:36 AM

Ditto. Mobile bases for everything except my benches and my oscillating spindle/belt sander, which just lives in a corner.

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 01:50 PM

Almost everything in my shop is on wheels. I use the double locking plate casters from Woodcraft and they have worked very well for years. My SawStop PCS is also wheels with the industrial mobile base. Having things on wheels allows me to configure my shop in different ways depending on what I am doing. It certainly makes things easier for me.

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 03:35 PM

Another one with everything on wheels. Even if you have a dedicated shop, it’s still good to be able to move the tools for all sorts of reasons. I’ve never had my stuff just sitting on the floor, but I doubt there is any increased vibration if it’s a basically sound mobile base.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 03:46 PM

The best mobile bases I have seen are ones that folks have built using heavy steel and quality rollers.
That said, I think with most all machines, they better sitting on the floor.
Not practical for most including me.
With machines that I have using the store bought mobile bases, I kick in wood wedges when they are in place to stabilize them.

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 04:04 PM

Only my dust collector is on wheels now and while I’m pleased with the performance of all my tools, having mobile bases on at least a couple of them would make them much easier to move around sometimes. Especially my 6”x48”belt/12”disc sander and bench top planer that’s sitting on a dedicated stand that has ~150lbs. of hardware on the lower shelf to keep it from wanting to tip when working with big stock.

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 04:21 PM

In general you can put light industrial machines on
mobile bases and it won’t affect performance. Light
industrial is up to 500lbs. or so.

With machinery in the heavier classes, the mass contributes
to reduced vibration, but honestly the effect on cut
quality is minor. In a real industrial situation machines
would not be on mobile bases, they might even be
bolted to the floor despite being so heavy you can’t
imagine vibration or regular use moving them at all.

Most of my machines are on mobile bases, have cutouts
I can stick a pallet jack under, or are on bases I make out
of plywood with gaps under for pallet jack forks.

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