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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 08-05-2014 02:05 PM 1751 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2014 02:05 PM

I have a very uneven shop floor and my table saw is currently on a mobile base but the right side of the saw sits almost 3/4” lower than the left side. Are there any mobile based out there that allow leveling? The saw is a Jet ProShop JPS-10TS.

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 02:48 PM
It’s easy to add your own. Google mobile bases with leveleres and you can see what others did.

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 04:56 PM

Would it be possible to raise the saw inside the mobile base frame on the one side? If you could put small pieces of 3/4” wood under that side? Anyway, I have Delta bases that can be leveled, and some HTCs that have no adjustments built into the base.

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 05:22 PM

I could level it in the current base, but to be honest the base doesn’t fit the saw too well so I was just going to try and find one I like. Guess once I do find one I can level it inside that base.

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 05:30 PM

I would just make a wedge to kick under it.

Many mobile bases have jacks for the front wheels but
I haven’t seen one that can lift one corner 3/4” off
the floor. You could however just put a spacer
under the jack.

ShopFox style mobile bases have jacks. I don’t think
the ShopFox base is all that great otherwise as
the wheels have (in the past at least) a tendency
to break.

If you can get one the Oasis MB800 is a terrific mobile
base for the money and it has jacks on the front wheels.
It is much more robust than the ShopFox style.

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 05:46 PM

I have the Shop Fox on my Grizz TS. Works like a champ.
Then again, it is a Grizz 0444Z contractor saw with cast wings.


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#6 posted 08-05-2014 08:27 PM

Todd, my floor is all out of whack, and I move my saw around quite a bit since its a garage-o-shop. I keep a stack of shims with each mobile tool and when I park it for use just run a shim under each foot to level. Considered some of the leveling types, but the shims are way fast to set, and don’t require much fuss

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 09:00 PM

If you have a general location for your tools you might be able to do what I did in my former 1 car garage. I used this facility for a auto garage about 60 percent of the time and the other 40 percent I used it as a small wood shop. How I handled this issue was to put the machines where I “normally” placed them to work. I then drew a small circle with a paint pen on the floor around each wheel or leveling jack. When I placed the proper shim per the proper wheel or leveling jack to make the machine base as level or as high as I needed. I marked the shim for what machine and what position when finished. this marking allowed me to move my machines for auto storage today then tomorrow or next week I was able to “replicate” the proper location and leveling combination in a very short order. I hope my rambling helps.

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 02:26 AM

Take a peek at the bottom of this.

You could build a platform, put casters and angle iron on it, and bolt the saw to it.

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 06:15 AM

OK, this may be a bit off-topc, since this discussion is more about tool bases than floors, but I’ll deposit my $.02 anyway:
Why not make the floor level with self-leveling underlayment? Especially if you have the bucks to spare. If you use your machines in the same places all the time, and don’t have the cash to SLU the entire floor, use the SLU only in those areas. Use sticks with downward-facing beveled edges to contain the SLU (build a form, like if you’re pouring a slab), so you would have a level area with sloped edges, for each of your machines. This gives you the option to do one area at a time, as often as you can afford.
There’s plenty of resources all over the web on using SLU.

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 11:42 AM

All good ideas regarding leveling the floor or shimming the base. However, my basement floor has VCT on it now and I don’t care to turn the shop area upside down to start leveling the concrete. May try shimming the legs of the saw on the base I have but after some research and trying to shim last night I realized that the degree of un-levelness on the floor increases or decreases as I move the saw a foot or two to either side of where it normally sits and I do tend to move it a little to make room as needed. I may try to put some type of leveler on the bottom side of the plywood that sits in the base so that I can level the plywood on the base.

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