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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 08-14-2009 06:54 AM 1323 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MedicKen

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08-14-2009 06:54 AM

I am almost finished with an older Delta unisaw, 1968 model. It is undergoing a complete restoration and will become my workhorse. I am adding an extension table and have installed a Biesemeyer fence. I am looking for opinions on what others are using for mobile bases. I could fab my own but I have enough work piled up that I dont really want to take the time. Thoughts and experiences would be greatly appreciated.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com


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#1 posted 08-14-2009 07:10 AM

Ken, What’s the weight of the saw? Alot of mobile bases I’ve seen were not capable of handling the weight capacity they claimed. The last thing you need is that beast wobbling around while trying to cut something. I’ve had to reweld one and modify the other. Nothing beats a homemade welded base.

John

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MedicKen

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#2 posted 08-14-2009 07:21 AM

Hey John…..I am guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of 400#. I know that a welded base would be the best but I dont have the time and access to a welder is almost non existent. I can weld, no welder.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 04:03 PM

•Expands from 14” x 14” (36×36 cm) to 22” x 54” (56×137 cm) to accommodate table saws, drill presses, etc

•Maximum dimension of 38 sq. ft

•400 lb. (181 kg) capacity

•Foot-lever action raises base for mobility, lowers base onto levelling feet for added support on uneven surfaces

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/GMman_2008/0556838_1.jpg•Heavy-duty 3” casters for easy manoeuvrability

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 04:08 PM

Was $100 on sale for $40

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#5 posted 08-14-2009 04:21 PM

Hey Ken, Grizzly sells this, says it has a 700# capasity:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heavy-Duty-Mobile-Base/G7314

And here’s an extention kit for it

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Extension-Kit-For-Shop-Fox-Mobile-Bases/G8684

Hope this helps.
Chris

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#6 posted 08-14-2009 04:34 PM

Chris…you have exatly what Ken needs.
The price is good too.

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#7 posted 08-14-2009 04:42 PM

The Grizzly product looks good, I have a mobile base on my drum sander that has a lever sicking out the front that you step on to move the sander, the problem is that the lever sticks out too far and I am constantly triping over it or banging my ankle on it. Hate the thing but i guess not enough to change it out, avoid that kind of product.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#8 posted 08-14-2009 06:18 PM

GMman…. the photo has been removed from the hosting site. I am interested in what you have posted but I can see a pic. If you could repost it would be appreciated.

Chris….I had one of the Shop Fox bases under a jointer, same model in fact, and I didnt like it. The leveling feet are held inplace by magnets, and not very good ones either. When moved the feet would fall out and get caught in the joints in the concrete. I almost dumped the jointer more than once.

Paul…I would be interested in seeing what you have. I like the idea of foot operated. In your case do you have the option of moving the actuator to the side of the machine that doesnt see as much traffic? On my unisaw I would be able to place the foot lever under the router table and not be a hazard but still able to use.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Chris Wright

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#9 posted 08-14-2009 07:21 PM

Oh, sorry about the experience with the base. I just remember seeing them in the Grizzly catolog. I hope you find what you need.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#10 posted 08-14-2009 09:05 PM

You might want to take a look at the HTC3000. It has a 700lb capacity and cost about 95.00 thru rockler. Nice sturdy base for the money. Cheers/Wudbutcher

-- Big Steve

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#11 posted 08-14-2009 09:33 PM

I would go with the HTC. I’ve had it under my Delta tilting arbor with extension table ever since I bought the saw 15 years ago. Constantly moving it around and the never had a problem.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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John

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#12 posted 08-14-2009 11:16 PM

Ken,
You can use mine if you want. Just a thought. If you do buy one, the HTC is a good way to go. That’s what I use for my Router Table and I know that beast weighs at least 200lb – 300 lb.

John

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#13 posted 08-15-2009 01:45 AM

I have this (an older version) on mine:
http://www.deltaportercable.com/Products/AccessoriesDetail.aspx?ProductID=14043
I hate it.
I’m saving my pennies for this one:
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21257&filter=mobile%20base
I have a few smaller shop fox mobile bases, I won’t be buying them anymore.
These are my favorites:
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005114/8164/Universal-Mobile-Base-Hardware.aspx

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#14 posted 08-15-2009 02:51 AM

•Expands from 14” x 14” (36×36 cm) to 22” x 54” (56×137 cm) to accommodate table saws, drill presses, etc

•Maximum dimension of 38 sq. ft

•400 lb. (181 kg) capacity

•Foot-lever action raises base for mobility, lowers base onto levelling feet for added support on uneven surfaces

•Heavy-duty 3” casters for easy manoeuvrability

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#15 posted 08-15-2009 02:53 AM

Very good buy Date: July 20, 2009

“I bought mine at 65% off.
This is a simple device. The construction is solid and the base feel firm under my band saw.

My only regret is that I did not buy another one for my drill press.

Highly recommended when on sale.”
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