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Bora Portamate PM-2500 Mobile Base

Simply step on the levers to roll heavy machines of up to 650 pounds easily around your shop.
Item #
54480
Rating:
92% of 100

Small shops and garage shops always have the same challenge—how to use every square inch of available space. With the PM2500 adjustable mobile base, that challenge is infinitely easier. The base features smooth-rolling casters that let you wheel your bandsaw, table saw, sander, drill press, jointer or planer into prime real estate when needed, and against the wall for storage. The base is sturdy, easy to assemble, and adjusts in 1" increments to fit virtually any woodworking machine from 12" x 12" up to 36" x 36". Large, industrial-grade metal foot-operated levers lock your machines to the floor a mere 3/4" above the ground for maximum stability and a comfortable working height.


Features:
  • Non-marking 3" rubber wheels
  • Oversized solid steel foot levers
  • Metal locking mechanism for maximum strength
  • 2-point rubber leveling feet
  • Heavy duty channeled side rails with durable powder-coated finish
(1) PM2500 Power Tool Mobile Base
More Information
Brand Portamate
Weight 18.4500
Tech Spec
  • Load Rating: 650 lbs.
  • Adjustment Range: 12" x12" to 36" x 36"
  • Maximum Rectangle: 20" x 52"
  • Adjustment Increment: 1"
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Sturdy, easy to assemble to fit your tool.
Moves my 300lb jointer easily and securely.
May 26, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works as advertised
May 23, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Good purchase
Works great. Had it on a contractor size table saw. Then moved it to the band saw when I got a large table saw. Very versatile and functional
Works great
Works great
May 20, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Stronger, easier to move, and easy to install
I originally had the Rockler Workbench Casters on my table saw's cabinet. After noticing how uneven my 40 year old shop floor is, I decided a more mobile and easier to lock/unlock solution would be needed. My saw weighs around 300 lbs, but moving it was not easy with the workbench casters due to having to individually unlock each one before mobility could be attained.
The PM-2500 is the solution. It is almost effortless to unlock and the mobility is much easier to control due to having two stationary wheels and two swiveling wheels.
I suppose the only downside to PM-2500 is my cabinet's drawer design. I will figure that out later. For now, I am just stoked that my heavy saw moves so easily when needed.
Easy to move....now if only I had a bigger shop.
Easy to move....now if only I had a bigger shop.
May 20, 2020
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great quaility at a great price
This is my third base, it makes moving equipment and cabinets around the shop easy.
May 19, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Excellent wheelset
I am impressed with the versatility of this wheelset. I bought this for a router table I inherited, and I can very easily move it from its place on the wall to run nearly any length board through it. Sadly, the router table is not the most stable, no fault to the wheels, and I will replace it with an addition to my table saw. Why I mention this is that the Bora adjustable wheelset is strong enough and flexible enough for me to quickly shift it to another tool once I make this transition.
April 5, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy to assemble. Provides ease of movement of my table saw. Exactly what I needed.
March 3, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Absolutley, perfect. I mounted a Kreg work table on it. So now I have a very mobile work surface in my confined shop.
March 2, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great mobile base
I bought this base on sale for a terrific price and it works great for my new 400 pound table saw. The holes in the corners lined up perfectly with the cabinet holes on the bottom the saw so I could secure the two together with no problems. It’s very easy to lift, move and lower the saw. I am very pleased.
February 28, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Bora Portamate PM-2500 mobile base
Great price,works perfect for my Shop Fox 14 “ Bandsaw.Easy to put together.
February 25, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
It creates a solid platform and allows for easy mobility of heavy equipment
KEN N on May 27, 2020
To help make my shop mobile
John H on May 25, 2020
It creates a solid platform and allows for easy mobility of heavy equipment
KEN N on May 27, 2020
past buying experience told me this was a good choice to mobilize router table
James K on May 27, 2020
To help make my shop mobile
John H on May 25, 2020
Quality and value
Stacie S on May 23, 2020
To make my table saw mobile
Ryan B on May 22, 2020
I needed a way to move my work chair around. I am unable to attach wheels to the legs and if I built a platform then sawdust and wood shavings would accumulate. This is a sturdy solution.
Cathy H on May 21, 2020
Place around bottom of cabinet
James . on May 19, 2020
A friend recommended it
Bryan L. on May 18, 2020
Need to move my bandsaw
Rickey S on May 18, 2020
To provide ability to move bandsaw in small shop
Frank M on May 16, 2020
It looks very sturdy, and looks as though it will fit my needs. I have always been impressed with Rockler products.
Hyrum W on May 15, 2020
I have an old Craftsman table saw on a sturdy DIY cabinet that has a 42" rip capacity. The current Rockler Workbench Casters are not working out well due to how I oriented them when I designed/built the cabinet. The PM-2500 is a bit more configurable, given my current situation, so I figured why not give it a try.
Alan C R on May 14, 2020
To use with my Jet Bandsaw
DAVID W on May 13, 2020
I needed mobility for my band saw and liked the price.
Edmund C on May 12, 2020
I have additional cast iron table extensions on my saw. This will help when I move my saw and lock it in place.
Marjorie L on May 12, 2020
I have the PM 1000 on my band saw, works super. This one for my 1960 Craftsman 100 table saw.
Karen K on May 11, 2020
it was what was suggested
SHAWN F on May 11, 2020
I have a heavy table saw that I need to move often in my small shop.
John S on May 11, 2020
Adding wheels to all my shop machinery. I purchased this same item in store last week and it worked.
John F on May 11, 2020
I have one, and they are relatively inexpensive. Lets me move heavy equipment around easily, and locks into place securely when operating saws and drills.
Eric D on May 10, 2020
I needed a good strong sturdy base for my bandsaw.
Edwin on May 9, 2020
I need easier mobility for my table saw.
Gary A on May 8, 2020
price is right and I need something with these dimensions to move rail arm saw easily. Have never gone wrong buying through Rockler
jan g on May 8, 2020
This product is heavy duty and has good reviews. It looks like just what I need to move my saw around.
Dennis C on May 8, 2020
Good price for a versatile rolling base.
Hollis C on May 8, 2020
A good sales price that equates to good value.
David S on May 7, 2020
Capacity
William S on May 7, 2020
looking for portability for my bandsaw, customer service was very friendly and advised me this would be a good fit
John on May 7, 2020
Have one, need another. Very good base.
Boyd M on May 5, 2020
I have another and am totally pleased.
Dave on May 4, 2020
Shop Tools To Heavy To Move By Hand
Leonard C on May 4, 2020
To rest my 480lbs table saw on it, and make it mobile.
Richard G on May 3, 2020
Have one like it
Jeff Lundy L on May 3, 2020
I liked the first one I bought
Stan Z on May 3, 2020
Fits my Bandsaw
William N on Apr 28, 2020
Ordered this by mistake.
Michael S on Apr 28, 2020
Need to be able to move it around my shop.
Joel N on Apr 21, 2020
For new bandsaw . Small shop portability
Anton N on Mar 29, 2020
I like to move it, move it.
Ryan O on Mar 28, 2020
small shop needed something to move the saw around
David W on Feb 26, 2020
To be able to move my bandsaw around my small workshop if necessary. Easier to mount the bandsaw on this base during initial setup.
Richard R on Feb 12, 2020
Add mobility to a Jet band saw
Randy S on Feb 3, 2020
The reason I purchased this base is because I have two others from this company. One for my table saw and one for my miter saw. I now have a planer which needs a mobile base. This base is strong, easy to put together and easy to move around. Also it was Rocklers sale price. Thank you Rockler.
Jerry M on Jan 31, 2020
I have a stacked washer/dryer in a tight corner of a condo. I will need to periodically move the unit in order to access the condo's main water cut-off or the dryer lint clean-out. Since this base is designed to support high-use heavy equipment, I am hoping it will provide a stable base even when my washer or dryer does a fast spin. I also liked the low height as I don't have much space above the washer/dryer.
Sherri B on Jan 29, 2020
Price,usability,
Mark on Jan 28, 2020
This is my 4th Portamate, they work well in making stationary tools relocatable but still firmly in place with wheels up.
Carl on Jan 28, 2020
Load rating and of course it was on sale.
Dave on Jan 25, 2020
On sale and needed to mobilize a band saw
Johnnie W on Jan 25, 2020
I purchased one for my table saw and really like how it works. I now want one for my Woodmaster planer/molder (heavy) and know this will work great with it. I am buying two so I will have the ability to move something else around if I need it.
William H on Jan 25, 2020
Size I need and was on sale
Paul R on Jan 14, 2020
past buying experience told me this was a good choice to mobilize router table
James K on May 27, 2020
Quality and value
Stacie S on May 23, 2020
When first installed, how much does it raise the machine from its current height off the floor?
R P on Nov 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I carefully measured the base and it raised my bandsaw 3/4 inch.
Will the movable base fit a table saw base 32 X 24"? Thank you.
Robert on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can adjust the mobile base in 1" increments to that size. Keep in mind which side of the table saw you want the foot pedals on. Make them easily accessible.
Are the adjustments independent in the 2 axis? I.e. can it be a rectangle
Cathy F on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be adjusted to a rectangle. Although the photo doesn't show them very well, steel straps with holes spaced about an inch apart are bolted to each of the corners. The corners are positioned as desired and then bolts are run through matching holes in the straps and give the base a wide range of adjustment
How do i mount a table saw on the mobile base pm2500,will it be necessary to lift the saw onto the base?
john f on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you build the base in 2 halves, lift up one half of the saw, slide part one in, then lift the other half of the saw, side part 2 in and then bolt them together it should be minimal effort. You do need some clearance to add the bolts in and this will depend on what your saw base looks like.
Could this be cut and shaped for the Dewalt DW788?
Huggie Bear on Nov 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That's exactly what I used this for. I made a plywood base for the saw and then put the base on this.
Are the two non-lift wheels always engaged? In other words only the front wheels come off the floor when in the stationery position?
Randy W on Nov 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That is correct. It is still stable but depending on the tool you may have to weight it down if it’s something you push against (like a portable table saw). Overall the stand works well.
will this work for a unisaw?
chuck g on Dec 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Chuck, I bought this base for my 14" Jet band saw (240lbs)....works great for that. IMHO the UNISAW (over 624lbs) is waaaay too heavy for that base. Right at it's weight limit....(like climbing a ladder rated for 250lbs and you weigh 265). When I let the band saw down, it bangs down slightly. If it were a UNISAW it would crash down on the base...and I doubt you could lift the UNISAW back up with the pedals on the PM2500 without a struggle. I have a new UNISAW and I bought the Delta base that goes with my saw. That is the only way to go unless you're handy enough to weld up your own mobile base for it...Others have said the PM2500 works but I would not go there. I also like the fact that the Delta base supports the table as well. I have the Delta 36-L336 36" unisaw which requires the 50-2000 base...Scott
I’m confused by the rectangle dimensions of 20” x 50”. Can it accommodate 24” x 27”?
Forrest on Dec 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can accommodate 24” x 27”. The specs say up to 36” x 36” and, if I understand correctly, the 20”x 52” is the maximum length (52”) and resulting width if you configure the bars to maximize the length of a rectangle. I am certain it can accommodate the 24” x 27”.
I need something to slide under kitchen appliances (Stove, refrigerator). I need to pull the appliance out far enough to inspect/replace gas lines, automatic ice maker lines, etc. Will this work?
gis99r0 on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It would be difficult to slide this under a heavy appliance. Even if you added a wood insert I don't think it would be big enough to support the legs of a typical appliance. The front casters would be rather unsightly in a permanent kitchen setting. I use mine under a table saw and for that application it works fine.
Will PM2500 work for a drill press or would the drill press be to top heavey?
William H on Nov 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: At rest, it should be nearly as stable as it is when sitting directly on the floor. When moving it, it's your job to move carefully enough, and to hold the tool high enough, to keep it stable. Yeah, you can tip it over if you shove hard, but that's true if the stationary drill press too.
Has anyone experienced flexing of the base under load and dragging? I have a mobile base that does this, The band saw that i have is just under 400 lbs.
Robert on Jun 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have an early 1980's Craftsman cast iron table saw and I've replaced one of the steel wings with a cast iron router table attachment. I don't know the weights but I suspect they are higher than a typical table saw. The base works great and it is easy to use. When assembling the unit you can fine tune the mounting to any brand, it has some adjustability.
Don't you have to drill holes into the heavy metal legs of the table? How many holes does it take to make secure?
Tom R on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No holes needed. If you're referring to the base, it has all the holes you need. If you're referring to whatever tool you put on the base, the weight of virtually any tool (band saw or any other power tool that will fit) is all it needs to be as stable as it would be on the floor.
Will it cross a threshold?
Berry C on Oct 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is a great mobile base but it is not very high. When I use it in my garage it does not go over items left on the floor (i.e. small wood scraps). I believe to cross a threshold you would have to lift the tool as you rolled over it.
Max rectangle is stated as 20" x 36" I need 28" x 34"the square max is 36" x 36" . Can this be adjusted to my size?
Robert L on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I've got these and like them very much, they are very sturdy. To answer your question, I would say that if you can obtain some steel bars from Rockler or a metals supplier, you could probably make them extend out to the length you need. I would make sure that they will be long enough to extend into the existing bars by at least 4 holes on each end. I would put 2 bolts at the ends just to make sure you have the support for the additional length. Make sure the new bars are at least the same thickness all the way around or possibly a little thicker. You also need to make sure that whatever you add to the base, is within the weight limit. I have 5 of them and like them very well. Best of luck.
Is this good for a drill press?
Bob C on Nov 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It works great on my 17” free standing porter cable, makes moving it about the shop very easy
will it make a rectangle of 25x30 ?
donald d on Oct 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This mobile base will adjust by 1" increments, 12"x12" to 36"x 36" square or up to a 20"x52" rectangle. For larger footprints there is a K1218 accessory kit. It includes 2, 18" rails & 2, 12" rails and additional hardware. Logic tells me you should be ok without the additional kit, so I would try the main kit first. If for some reason it will not work you can then check into the K1218 kit. One thing I learned the hard way is to be sure you figure out which way you want the machine to roll. If you to roll the machine pushing from the front or the from the side that the base it set up properly. This is important if you want to be able to go from room to room through say a 36" wide door. I added plywood to mine, but didn't want to have to drill new holes. I hope this helps.
Can I make this work for a lathe that is 57” long?
Marc M on Jun 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The maximum size for this base is 20" x 52".
I have a planer with base of 48.5" x 25.5". Would this work?
William K on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The PM 2500 might handle the 24.5” width, but it won’t handle the 48.5” length. You will need a larger model.
I have a bench tool stand Makita # 194061-1. your product is compatible?
Michel R on Jan 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this item & found it was easy to assemble & fit my Craftsman table saw. I now have no problem moving it out of storage when I need to use.
I've got a small shop and some tools will be used against a wall. The locking lift pedals will need to be mounted in the front of the tool. Do they stick out enought to interfere with your stance while using the tool?
TXCajun on Dec 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have several of these mobile bases on power tools including jointer, table saw, mortiser, planer. I have not had any issue with interference with the locking lift pedals. The benefit of mobility in my small shop was my top priority. Also, for many pieces of equipment, the tool's table extends beyond the base of tool.
Has anyone had a problem with the wheels getting flat spots on them due to the weight of the tool?
Dan B on May 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The wheels on my unit are OK. I have an old Sears Craftsman table saw mounted on the base and everything is great!
How can it adjust from 13x12 to 36x36 and also have a max rectangle 20x52? Shift parts around or must extra parts be purchased?
Robert B on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had purchased several of these so I had extra segments left over and used them to go beyond the maximum limit. I also used a 3/4 piece of plywood for the "base" floor that added rigidity.
Need a wheel for the front step on bracket. The bearings came out of swivel. Figured I'd have to get exact eheel to make work right. Can I order it separately? Thanks
Bill
Bill F on Apr 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I has the same problem when I had it on my 10" uni-saw. I called Bora and gave them the S/N off the wheel and they sent me a 2 new wheels for free. I moved the base to a lighter machine (8" Long table Delta Planer) and have not had a problem since. I think they stretch the loading rating on the Mobile Base.
I have a rectangular base that is 23" x 28 1/2" will the PM 2500 base work for my application?
Terry Ann L on Nov 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have a contractor table saw sitting on a 26" x 26" base and it works fine. It is rated for 20" x 52" base.
How well will this base for a Jet 1221 lath?
John E on Mar 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I really enjoy being able to easily move my laguna table saw and band saw in my small shop
I want to lift an item (a book return cart in an elementary school) under a counter and beneath the return slot. Unfortunately, when they built this space, they did not allow for the book return to be moved on wheels (so we are unable to use it). The total space available in height is 1/34". Will this definitely work under the cart raising it up no more than 1 3/4"? Thanks.
marlav9 on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This cart only lifts my band saw up 3/8 of an inch so it should work for your purpose.
Will it fit a 21" X 36" Delta belt sander stand?
Robert M on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the size of the footprint it accepts is 36"x36". The trick is getting the machine up and onto the frame. I used levers and a couple of ramp blocks to lift the machine, one end at a time.
Has anyone else had a problem with the castors not locking down and dropping the equipment down as you are rolling?
PatrickL on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Tighten up the side bolts until the levers don't have as much play.
I own a Grizzley router table, the base measures 39 1/2 x 31. Can this base be configured to work with this table?
Lenny U on Nov 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It de pends on the s ize of the mobile base - it it fits your router table - no problem. I have these same bases for an old Delta planer that probably weights 600 pounds - no problem moving it around as long as the floor is clean.
Will this work with new Rockler router table?
Ray J on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have this on a 6" jointer plainer which is heavier than a router table. I would say if the base fits withing the adjustment range, it should work.