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Port-A-Mate PM-1100 Plywood Mobile Base Kit

Just cut a sheet of plywood to whatever size you need and fasten the hardware to the corners for a smooth-rolling mobile base.
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Building your own custom-sized mobile base is easier than ever with the Port-A-Mate PM-1100 mobile base hardware kit. This sturdy, affordable hardware lets you build a base of any size by simply adding a sheet of 3/4'' plywood in whatever dimensions the machine requires. There are no complicated adjustments, a common annoyance with steel frames, and assembly is as easy as can be. To shift from stationary to mobile mode, simply step on the two pedals to raise the machine onto the casters. Perfect for band saws, table saws, sanders, drill presses, jointers and planers weighing up to 400 pounds. Two swiveling casters and two fixed casters for easy mobility and steering. Rubber leveling feet provide stability and help to reduce vibration in stationary mode.

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Brand Portamate
Manufacturer Part Number PM-1100
Weight 11.4000
Tech Spec
  • Material: Steel
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs.
4.7 / 5.0
79 Reviews
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Great Product
Easy to assemble, works great. I'm using it to moving my bandsaw around my shop.
September 23, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
port a mate
they are a great solution to my space problem, I can now easily roll my table saw out of the way when I am not using it, it is too big and heavy to keep moving before.
September 14, 2019
2 months ago
Works great.
August 29, 2019
2 months ago
Easy mover
Works great now I can move my table saw around the shop or even outside if I want with ease
August 2, 2019
3 months ago
Sturdy product that is adaptable in terms of the size of equipment to be moved and easy to assemble.
June 28, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Mobile base
Easy to put together, you can adjust to fit your needs.
June 25, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Port A Mate
I was tired of picking up and moving my scroll saw out of the way and purchased this. Its a breeze to move now.
June 18, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works very well
June 2, 2019
5 months ago
well designed
I have multiple plywood base mobile bases and find this one to be the best designed. I liked the ability to use any thickness ply wood and that that the foot levers were made of metal.
May 27, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bora Mobile base
Easy to put together.
Really strong and well made. Works well.
May 25, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
reasonable price great reviews
david a on Oct 22, 2019
good value, flexible
Fredrick H on Oct 20, 2019
reasonable price great reviews
david a on Oct 22, 2019
Great price.
NEIL P on Oct 21, 2019
good value, flexible
Fredrick H on Oct 20, 2019
What I was looking for & price.
tom d on Oct 18, 2019
mark f on Oct 18, 2019
I need one
Mareo P on Oct 16, 2019
Wanted to make my Rikon bandsaw mobile.
Roy Marier on Oct 15, 2019
Setting up my workshop in my new house
Becky F on Oct 14, 2019
Downsizing shop need to adapt tools and benches and free shipping promo.
Rose W on Oct 12, 2019
Very easy to install and works great for moving my bandsaw around shop.
Jim T on Oct 12, 2019
This will make it easier to move my table saw around my garage
David T on Oct 11, 2019
I have a new shop to put together with less space. I need more tools movable. These should work just fine.
Art l on Sep 26, 2019
I Have a 12" Contractors Radial Saw and need to move it away from wall to use.
Gregg T on Sep 26, 2019
mobility for my radial arm saw in small shop
David B on Sep 25, 2019
Utility (as in it solves my problem) and Price to Value.
Allen H on Sep 23, 2019
Make my tools more mobile
ROBERT O on Sep 14, 2019
T move a band saw around my shop.
Douglas S on Aug 16, 2019
I always ned more flexible ways to move tools, etc around my shop.
RUSS S on Aug 16, 2019
Economical choice for a lighter weight tool - bandsaw.
Norman J F on Aug 13, 2019
Works for me for a pc. of equipment I need to move around.
D.C. on Jul 24, 2019
on sale
CHARLES S on Jul 21, 2019
A need to move eq. around to various areas.
Jim on Jul 15, 2019
Mobility is always a good option!
Joseph M on Jul 11, 2019
This will work great for my bandsaw.
Jeff W P on Jul 4, 2019
Need to use for moving my bandsaw. Looks like perfect solution.
Alan S on Jul 3, 2019
To move my bandsaw around my small shop.
Ron F on Jun 30, 2019
I chose this mobile base for my 17” drill press. I will be able to make a custom sized stand with this kit.
Andrew S on Jun 17, 2019
My husband asked for it for his birthday.
KRISTI N on Jun 12, 2019
I have a similar model without the plywood base for one of my tools which works fine. Thought I would try this one with the base (which I can use as a shelf) for another tool.
Kenneth k on May 29, 2019
Can make it any size to fit my application
Richard S on May 24, 2019
need one and it is on sale
David L on May 21, 2019
Need to make a rolling storage platform for storage underneath stairs.
Bradley R on May 14, 2019
Need to be able to move my floor model Jet drill press easier, hope this works.
Gregory J on May 1, 2019
Vernne G on May 1, 2019
looks like it will work and it was on sale. We shall see how it does.. Dr. Bill
William M C on Apr 26, 2019
Good buy on sale.
Jeffrey E M on Mar 28, 2019
I own another that I am satisfied with.
Michael K on Mar 25, 2019
I have several and adding more to make small shop work better. I like the low profile and adjustability for level no matter where I set up. Setup is quick and easy.
Ronnie K on Mar 24, 2019
Allen C on Mar 18, 2019
I purchased one before and really like it and have other equipment I would to put wheels on.
Ronnie K on Feb 10, 2019
This is my third! Easy to install, excellent product
Bob C on Feb 2, 2019
Able to move tools and work benches for easier cleaning
Gordon W on Jan 28, 2019
Isidore V on Jan 26, 2019
The kit is all together, this purchase saves time hunting down the components, and it is delivered to my door. This is easy.
Jon K on Jan 24, 2019
Need a mobile base for my new table saw that is affordable and sturdy!
Farhad F on Jan 16, 2019
Easy to make a custom size base. I’ve had good luck with all Port-A-Mate products.
Ron S on Jan 13, 2019
I have a small shop with several power tools all of which are on Port-A-Mate stands. I<br />Swear by this product and highly recommend it.
Fred P on Jan 12, 2019
Second set I’ve bought - top quality, easy to set up in any configuration, and makes the workshop easier to navigate when the tools can be easily moved and positioned where I need them.
Jeffrey E on Jan 2, 2019
I needed to improve the layout of my shop and this base will aid me, I just wished that I had caught the on sale email sooner.
Ralph G on Dec 26, 2018
Always pleased with Rockler selections.
Anthony L on Dec 24, 2018
Great price.
NEIL P on Oct 21, 2019
What I was looking for & price.
tom d on Oct 18, 2019
how high is the machine when sat down in stationary position?
Mack D. on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can adjust the height by using the rubber feet that are situated on the foot pedal side. That being said, the minimum additional height this product added to my table saw was 3/4 inch
Can this be used with a base thicker than 3/4 plywood? I am wanting to building a base for two large lateral filing cabinets that are back to back. I don't think the plywood is enough to support that weight over that big of a stretch. Is there a way to at least make a 2x4 frame to go around the plywood?
Evan W on May 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used this to mount a Grizzly 14 inch bandsaw. Used 3/4 inch OSB as the base. Got frustrated by the outcome where I could not roll it over my interlocking comfort mats without snagging them. I thought this was due to the wheels compressing the mat but didn't know what was actually making contact with the mat. It was the four bolts at each of the four corners. They don't make contact when moving across level concrete, but they do protrude deep enough to catch on my mats because the wheels compress into the mat. I added a 1/4 inch thick piece of hard board on top of the OSB - this raised the bolt bottoms high enough so I can roll it over the mats now. So, in answer to your question, the bolts can take about one inch of board thickness. If you want to go even thicker, though I think there's no need, you can just go and get store bought bolts of the appropriate length for whatever you want to accomplish.
are the wheels non marring
wheels ?
Mack D. on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is no. The wheels are a relatively hard plastic that could scuff up a floor if the tool you had on it were heavy enough. However, you'd have to be pushing the tool perpendicular to the way the wheels roll (ie the wrong way) to make it scratch. My floors show scuffs and scars easily and I've yet to have any problem with the wheels digging in.
Could this be used under for a small, front-loading washing machine so it could be moved for maintenance reasons? Would the base stay stable during a spin cycle?
Alec B on Nov 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would think so. I have mine under my table saw cabinet with a 3/4 inch plywood bottom and I have had no issues with that set up moving around. Of course a washing machine spinning is different from a table saw which basically runs in one direction. I get what you are trying to do and I would go for it...because I think it would work fine....the feet on the port-a-mate are rubber like....the wheels are plastic..but once you lift the levers...everything sits solid on the feet....also the weight of the washer would help to keep things in place.
can the hardware be attached directly to an enclosed steel machine base without using the plywood?
Butch R on Sep 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The wheel brackets were designed to bolt to the four corners of a piece of plywood but if you had a box or cabinet, I guess you could bolt it right to that. You would have to drill bolt holes in the bottom of the box to attach..
I put the kit together exactly as instructed. However they don't appear to work. I have tried adjusting the levelers both high and low to no avail. It seems there should be some kind of cam on the bottom of the orange foot pedals. The foot pedals, however, just rest on the wheel housing. Stepping on the levers just pushes the wheels more firmly to the floor. What am I doing wrong?
Dave T on Nov 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The orange foot pedal which is the cam should be attached to the front of the two bolts. When the pedal is pushed down, the rear part with the warning label should lift slightly lifting the frame and rubber foot off the ground. If the foot is still on the floor, adjust the foot by turning it up till it just clears the floor. Pop the orange lever back up and the rubber foot should rest on the floor. It does not lift very high but enough to wheel on concrete.
are the lever you press down metal or plastic ?
Mack D. on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Very durable and heavy metal a good idea and good service reps, but the unit will need enough weight to make it work properly...I used 50 lbs and its ok now
How do you use the pm-1100 for a lathe?? the pictures are confusing
douglas k on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used mine for a cabinet. But it seems to me that you would assemble the kit to desired size and set the lathe into the corners of the bsse. Another idea is to assemble to size then cut a 3/4” piece of plywood and set it into the base THEN set the machine into the base
What size are wheels? Can i put on tool drawer i want put on router table on top of drawer
Costumers on Jul 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The wheels are 3 inches in diameter I used two layers of 3/4 inch plywood with a 2 X 6 in the middle and put a 200 pound lathe ion mine. It depends on how heavy the tool drawer is.
no where does it say that when you step on the levers, that the platform stays up by itself until you flip the levers back up. Do they? f on Jul 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When the levers are up the platform stays in position. When the levers are down it rolls. The rubber feet will need to be adjusted to operate properly.
How big are the wheels?
Mike G on Dec 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: To be honest with you,I have never been happy with the Port-A-Mate. They just never worked for me the way I felt it should...I really don't understand how they can sell them and have a customer satisfied...That is my truthful answer. I called the factory and finally gave up and sold them to someone else wheels were about 2.5 inches this is as I remember
What is the diameter of the casters and are they equipped with axle bearings or bushings? (These details should be in the main description.)
Bill R on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The wheels are 7/8 x 3" hard plastic and looks like they have bushings. They are more than adequate for wheeling across my concrete floor.