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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 10-16-2014 03:20 PM 764 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rantingrich

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10-16-2014 03:20 PM

I am going to get a bandsaw soon and want a mobile base for it. I have looked at after market and shop made items and the ones on here, and some of you are quit inventive.

Here’s my issue I have a concrete garage floor made in the 1930s and of course they use zero rebar in it. SO i have some fairly wide crack say 1/4 to 1/2 inches in width that radiate out for the center of the slab and go off to the corners in 3 different cracks.

YES I plan to put hydraulic cement in the cracks soon but that still leaves some areas higher than the others.

I need a system that will get the TOOL high up off the floor more than the typical scant 1/8” to 1/4” inches and have bigger casters than I have seen on aftermarket systems.

PLEAE ADVISE

-- Rich


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 03:40 PM

I’ve got this homemade solution on my BS stand:

Basically just some all-thread, a couple nuts/washers, two wheels and the heals from some old work boots :)

Not pretty, but works great for moving the saw around.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 04:23 PM

Some bases can be modified by putting washers or
other spacers in between the caster plates and
their mounts, then installing longer bolts.

Here’s another idea… perhaps not built as strong
as you would require. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/35023

Band saws are often top heavy and tippy. Any base
that expands the footprint will help with that.

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Rob

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 04:41 PM

Perhaps you can take some inspiration from medieval times, when woodworking was an art of war, not “just” a craft:

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 04:55 PM

I assume you’ve seen Rockler's All Terrain base.

-- "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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rantingrich

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 05:16 PM



I assume you ve seen Rockler s All Terrain base.

- CharlesA

Will cost more than the BS Saw

-- Rich

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 05:17 PM

Ahh. Good point.

-- "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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#7 posted 10-16-2014 05:32 PM

There are a ton of designs out there. It has been my experience with bandsaws and drill presses that their bases are too narrow so they can become “tippy”, so when I build my own base I widen the stance in the design.

Make sure to use double lock casters also. Even if you build in a floor screw “foot” I would still use double locks on at least two corners, they are maybe $2 more each and may be sturdier than you think. I have also used in line toggle clamps in lieu of screw feet. Mount it straight down and it is a great stabilizer. http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/152930/Bessey-Auto-Adjust-Inline-Toggle-Clamp.aspx

As you see in the Rockler fixture they have two fixed wheels and two swivel, this makes it harder to move around, but more steadfast once you have it where you want it. I have done both. I don’t think the difference is huge.
Mike

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