Shop Mobility Part III - Heavy Lifting
posted on February 16, 2012 by Ralph Bagnall

In the previous “Shop Mobility” blog posts we examined ways to add mobility to your floor model tools, and how to make shop built tool cabinet movable. This time we will look at heavier lift capabilities.

Tools such as cabinet saws, heavy duty planers/jointers, lathes and workbenches are either so heavy or receive such heavy use that even heavy duty locking casters would not be practical to use. But now there are options for adding mobility to the heavyweights in your shop.

lathe on locking casters planing wood on bench with locking shop casters

Your workbench needs to be absolutely stable in use. A saw or hand plane exerts a lot of force on the bench and only having the feet firmly on the floor keeps it in place. Rockler’s new Workbench Casters are a great way to add mobility to your bench. In use, the bench is firmly on its own feet, but can be raised up onto free rolling casters by stepping on the caster’s lever for moving. The lathe stand shown above uses the same casters.

locking caster close up woodshop workbench on locking casters

Heavy planers, jointers and cabinet saws also require a very stable foundation in use. Mobile Bases can help with these tools. The wheels are mounted outside the tool’s base to keep the lift low and the tool stable. The bases can be adjusted for different tools. By adding optional extensions to Rockler’s Rough Terrain Base, my storage cabinet and extension table remain together as the saw is moved. Locking /unlocking the casters is a simple process and does not even require bending over.

power tool rough terain mobile base cabinet table saw on mobile base

It would be wonderful to have a shop large enough to position all my tools permanently and never have to move them, but very few of us will ever have such a dream shop, so being a bit creative and adding mobility to the shop set up we do have can allow you to work more quickly, efficiently and comfortably. It may even make sharing your shop space with the family car possible!

posted on February 16, 2012 by Ralph Bagnall
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7 thoughts on “Shop Mobility Part III - Heavy Lifting”

  • gerald Friend

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  • Terry McCloskey

    When the sawdust and shavings were placed under and over cookies and then the board placed on them and sanded with the board staying firmly in place, I flipped for the second time while viewing this video. These "Bench Cookies" will provide a wonderful assist to any woodworker's project. But what is the secret to their holding power?

  • Rockler Blog Team

    It's the high-friction, non-marring rubber pads, Terry! (And if we told you any more than that, we'd have to ... well, you know.) ;-)

  • Timothy

    Wondering if you just score both sides of a hockey puck and you'd get the same grip and results???

  • Chris

    I love my set of 4 bench cookies that I received several weeks
    ago. They make my live a lot easier. Just after I received them
    you guys had special of 4 cookies and the mountable rack for 8
    cookies for $19.99. That is what I'm looking for.....How can I
    order?????

  • Kim Adams

    Hey Chris-- You're in luck-- that wasn't a special, that's the regular price! Here's the link: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22581 It's item number 35895. Glad you're enjoying your Cookies!

  • Daris

    The lifts for the workbench are awesome. I built a workbench last summer and have been looking for something like this. I didn't want the bench simply sitting on casters. The lift attached to the legs looks perfect for me. Thanks...!

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