Not a real good setup
Posted December 23, 2013
I bought two of these, wish it was only one to test out. Owned for over a year. As another person said it was a PIA to put together and get the holes to line up. To be fair, my shop was destroyed along with all my large tools so I was trying to do this with hand tools. My neighbor parked his large tow truck in my shop. all my tools decided to vacate the building and were awaiting me on the concrete pad outside the shop, it wasn't pretty. Needless to say a whole vocabulary of words were invented along with a whole list of usual vocabulary words. Pros: once assembled it seems pretty steady and holds my Jet Floor model Drill Press and Jet 14" Band saw. Once you get it moving it rolls pretty smoothly and turns fairly easily. The operative word here is ONCE. CONS: I have already mentioned putting it together. Here is the biggest "CON" reversing direction. The expletive deleted swivel wheel leaves a whole lot to be desired, I have almost tipped over my drill press on several occasions while trying to reverse direction, the swivel wheel will NOT swivel with out getting down on your knees and moving it by hand 180 degrees, once repositioned the unit moves smoothly until the next reverse direction. You may be surprised how many times you have to reverse direction when trying to get the unit into a tight spot and have to maneuver it. You would be far better off to make your own detachable dolly and toss the swivel mechanism. Or, buy a better unit. Bottom line, If you can put up with the recalcitrant swivel wheel this unit will work for you. If you have to move it a lot, get a better unit.
Poor man's mobile base
Posted November 6, 2013
It will get the job done but a nuisance putting it together. I thought it would be smart to put the foot pedal towards the back of my router table, i.e. the long length wise dimension, out of the way. Big mistake. It made steering a real pain. Try putting it on the narrowest dimension of your tool for much better steering.
Deciding the other night to correct that mistake had me re-visiting all over again what a pain in the butt it was putting it together in the first place. Drilling holes through 1.5" wood to have it exit exactly where the metal bracket hole is on the other side, is no easy feat. Lots of hammering to brute force the bolt through.
Pros 1. All needed hardware included...
Posted October 14, 2012
Pros 1. All needed hardware included 2. Corner pieces are stout 3. Works about as expected Cons 1. Instructions are inaccurate. Calls for drilling 7/16 holes. Correct size is 5/16. Cut lengths for runners are incorrect. 2. Corner pieces on one side are canted out. Weight of the tool may force it back straight, but I'm not sure. In short it works as it should, but you need to be careful to assemble it using your own measurements.
The stand is a good value...
Posted August 28, 2012
The stand is a good value for the price but it takes a lot of time to put together. Next time I would rather spend the extra money for a ready made stand. The advantage of this design is that you can make it whatever size you need for a tool. The time required would have been less with better directions. No parts were specified so I needed to do a pre-assembly to be sure I had what was needed and to determine which nuts were used where. The directions are also incorrect in stating that the wood should be cut to a length that is 1/2" greater than the size needed for the tool. For one side where the fixed feet go that is true but for the opposite side where two wheels mount the length needs to be 2" less than the overall dimension of the tool's base or the wheels have no place to go. I could only mount the saw stand's legs in one direction so I reversed the saw on the stand before placing the stand on the mobile base. I did this so that the pivot for the roller would be on the back side of the table saw when it was in use. Otherwise I would be tripping over it all the time.
My most recent purchase of this...
Posted July 23, 2012
My most recent purchase of this product was to support my bench top planer, that was mounted on a steel tool stand. I purchased 2 of these Power Tool Mobile Base units before, so I surprised to have problems this time around. On one of the wheels, the hole that the bolt went thru was too small. The 2nd wheel was fine, but this well wasn't drilled properly, so the bolt wouldn't fit the hole. I had to re-drill the hole, so the bolt would pass thru, and allow enough clearance so the wheel could spin. Anyway, aside from that, the mobile base is a good addition to the shop, and works well.