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Forum topic by MonsterWoodworker posted 02-09-2015 11:45 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2015 11:45 PM

Hello, all…I am in the middle of mounting several benchtop power tools (compound miter saw, spindle sander, small 6” jointer) to a piece of 2’ x 2’ x 3/4” plywood board which is then set on a shopbuilt base while in use and then stored away when not needed. My question to the group is whether or not to remove the rubber feet before bolting each machine down to the plywood?
I understand the rubber feet are there to give some grip to the surface and to eliminate vibration when used as a portable tool, however, are they necessary when the tool is bolted down? I have researched this and have seen videos with it done both ways, both claiming “their” way reduces vibration. Which is better…rubber feet on or off? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 11:55 PM

I don’t see them as being necessary when bolting it down. That being said, all my bench mounted tools are bolted/screwed down with the rubber feet in place. All removing them would do for me is give me the opportunity to lose them and I don’t see how leaving them on would negatively affect it, so they stay on. If I ever want to use the machine as a portable unit again or sell, the feet will still be there. That’s just the way I look at it.

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 01:52 AM

Same here. Mine are bolted down with the feet intact. I didn’t see any need to take them off when I bolted them to shop made stands.

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 01:56 AM

All of my bench top tools are also on rolling tables. None of them are bolted down and been in use that way for years without any problems. The rubber feet stayed on the tools from the beginning. I don’t have a miter saw, but I could see the need to bolt that tool down especially if it has shop built wings for long stock.


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