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Rockler Material Mate Panel Cart and Shop Stand

Smoothly roll sheet stock from your storage rack or vehicle to the table saw, or use as a mobile workstation!
Item #
56889
Rating:
92% of 100

The Rockler Material Mate Panel Cart/Shop Stand lets you easily roll 4' x 8' sheets from your truck or lumber rack to your table saw. The tilting top allows convenient loading if you store your sheet stock on edge, a common space-saving practice in small shops. With the Material Mate tilted, the sheet can be transferred from the rack with minimal repositioning. The vertical position also allows passage through a service door as narrow as 30'', and provides a more compact footprint when not in use. With the top in the horizontal position, you can unload sheets directly off the bed of your truck. When not in use as a panel cart, you can add a top and use the Material Mate as a mobile shop stand, work table or outfeed table.


Features:

  • Smooth rolling 4'' casters—two swiveling and locking, two fixed
  • Top tilts for convenient loading, passage through service doors and a compact footprint
  • Passes through a 30'' wide service door when tilted vertically
  • Add a solid top (not included) for use as a work table when not needed as a panel cart
  • Rigid steel frame construction
(1) Rockler Material Mate Panel Cart/Shop Stand
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 66.4000
Tech Spec
  • Top Frame Length: 36''
  • Top Frame Width (without knobs): Adjustable from 22'' to 30-1/4''
  • Bottom Frame Dimensions: 25-1/4''W x 36''L
  • Height (with top flat): Adjustable from 31'' to 36'' high
  • Height (with top tilted): Adjustable from 40'' to 45'' high
  • Caster Diameter: 4''
  • Material: Steel
  • Weight Rating: 150lbs
4.6 / 5.0
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Rockler Material Handler
I'm a 69 year old retiree and was having difficulty handling 3/4" sheets of plywood by myself, until now. I'm very happy with this purchase, handling plywood is a breeze. This material handler is very well made, very sturdy, and rolls with ease. I built the storage cabinet from Rockler's plan with some scrap plywood. I highly recommend this item if you work by yourself, 5 star rating!
Thanks,
Murphy E.
3/4" Sheet of Plywood, handling was a breeze.
I built a storage cabinet from Rocklers Plan.
I built a storage cabinet from Rocklers Plan.
April 28, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good quality
Added oak plywood top and shelf
Added oak plywood top and shelf
April 27, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good quality
Very easy to assemble and the instructions were excellent, All in all it is very useful and works as expected
April 27, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Well built, sturdy and versatile cart.
Love the cart! Easy to assemble. I built a workbench top for my new shop and used the cart to transport the top from the shop to my driveway for sanding and finishing. Very sturdily built.
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Added Apr 25, 2020
April 25, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Must have
If you use plywood in your shop this is a must have. Saves my back every time I use it. And doubles as an assembly table, out feed table and extra work space. After I build the cabinet under it it should be even more useful.
April 18, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very nice work bench
We bought this to use at work as an inspection station about 9 months ago. We deliver and inspect furniture so we use this almost every day to roll around and keep a few sheets of plywood on top. It is easy to store with the foldable top and is very sturdy. The bottom area is handy to use as a shelf for our repair kit and any other supplies we might need.
April 17, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Good so far
Just got it assembled. Appears to be a solid cart. Ready to use.
April 13, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Its worth the $$!
I have a shop and I tinker around with projects I hesitated to buy it for over a year due to the cost. I'm not a cheapo or anything, but I just couldn't justify the money. I've had it for a month or so and I've used a ton since then! It has a good balance, it has saved me lots of grunting and asking for help moving sheets of material around my shop. I used to dread breaking down a 4x8 sheet because I didn't want to haul it around...not anymore!
April 12, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
great product
Only used a few times.Transports materials easily,also works well as outfeed table
April 5, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
This cart is a back-saver.
I like this panel cart a lot. It works for me exactly as analyzed. The biggest jobs so far included off loading 6 4’x8’ sheets of 3/4” plywood from my pickup and ripping them on my table saw. I didn’t even break a sweat and I’m and old guy (70s).
Transport position.
Installed selves to increase its utility.
March 23, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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Needed help with 4x8 sheet material. This is a great safe option for unloading and moving 3/4" MDF around shop.
Ty H on May 29, 2020
Second one I am getting. Comes with wheels and is more adjustable than the standard 24” x 36” stand.
William F S on May 28, 2020
Needed help with 4x8 sheet material. This is a great safe option for unloading and moving 3/4" MDF around shop.
Ty H on May 29, 2020
This cart will definitely help make life easier for me when handling sheets of plywood and MDF.
Stuart Y on May 29, 2020
Second one I am getting. Comes with wheels and is more adjustable than the standard 24” x 36” stand.
William F S on May 28, 2020
Husband requested it for his birthday.
Veronica R on May 15, 2020
Excellent function for aging wood worker, making life easier
Roger G on May 15, 2020
I viewed the video and saw it would be a perfect Father's Day gift for my woodworking husband, who moves wood around a lot by himself. This will make the job so much easier.
Arlene B on May 14, 2020
I have 4 x 8 steel rule die stamps and this works perfectly getting the stamps on the machine then back to storage.
Robert R on May 11, 2020
Looks like a good thing for transporting sheet goods from truck to saw or garage storage.
Eric S on May 8, 2020
This is an outstanding well designed product. It will serve many purposes in my shop
Bladerunner on May 5, 2020
I needed it for moving sheet goods around when working alone (which is most of the time)
Sean G on May 4, 2020
Too old to handle sheet goods alone anymore.
Nelson H on May 4, 2020
Versatility. I already have a top for it.
James S on May 3, 2020
Ease of use when handling large, bulky material when alone. Price has been lowered.
BRIAN W on May 2, 2020
Getting too old to wrestle 4 x 8 3/4 inch plywood sheets.
Mel B on May 2, 2020
Looks like the help I need around the shop with moving 4x8 panels.
John G on May 2, 2020
Moving sheets of plywood will be easier for me to handle alone AND on sale
Gary S on May 2, 2020
Saw it in an ad and I coincidentally needed it.
W L on Apr 30, 2020
It is perfect for my sandblasting operation.. I can put glass on it and easily move it into the booth without worrying about breaking the glass. I can store it right on the cart until I am ready to send to the customer.
Carol S on Apr 29, 2020
I am a 77 year old woman and putting a sheet of plywood up on my table saw is very difficult for me. I will love being able to accomplish this without hurting my shoulders.
Judith S on Apr 27, 2020
AT 57, AND IN GOOD HEALTH, DONT WANT TO BREAK MY BACK ANY LONGER MOVING SHEET MATERIAL. I LIKE THE FACT I CAN USE THIS STAND WITH THE T-TRACK TOP SYSTEM.
JEFFREY F on Apr 26, 2020
After looking at the specifics on the cart and the pictures in the email it appeared it would be a good addition to my shop and serve a dual purpose.
Wayne on Mar 14, 2020
Already own one and it is just the right size for my garage shop.
Terry R on Mar 4, 2020
Have you carried a full sheet of 3/4 or 1" mdf? Yeah. Screw that.
Christopher B on Mar 3, 2020
Provides easy handling of sheet goods.
Richard Z on Feb 25, 2020
Being able to move and work on full sheets of plywood with the same equipment.
Geoffrey S on Feb 9, 2020
Felt it would add two functions to my shop, moving wood and being a movable work surface.
Lee S on Jan 25, 2020
My back can't handle 4x8 sheets of mdf or plywood any more.
Bruce B on Jan 15, 2020
to help work with plywood
Lloyd W on Dec 14, 2019
Christmas Present for husband
Edith V on Dec 10, 2019
To make it easier for me to handle large sheets of plywood
Garret on Nov 29, 2019
I work alone and I need help handling sheet goods
William P on Nov 22, 2019
Handy and better for his back.
Ann g on Nov 18, 2019
This will really help me to handle large sheet goods alone in my shop. Also storage underneath for table saw accessories (blades, tenoning jig, extra fences, etc.)
Larry on Nov 10, 2019
versatility and extra hands for loading materials.
PEDRO G on Nov 1, 2019
Cannot safely move plywood panels around the shop by myself anymore. Also need indeed table or support for my table saw. Storage under table top is a plus as well.
Rodney G on Sep 16, 2019
I need help moving large panels to my shop
Richard R on Sep 14, 2019
This will be the perfect item for maneuvering bulky 4x8 sheet materials in the shop.
Louis U on Sep 14, 2019
I have one and need another.
Wayne W on Aug 31, 2019
To help me move material easier into my shop (I'm not getting any younger, and 3/4" plywood isn't getting any lighter). It will double as a work bench as well.
Dan B on Aug 26, 2019
As a base for the T-Track table top and mobile workstation.
Jped on Jul 5, 2019
For wiring controls panels
Thien N on Jun 7, 2019
I hurt my back, and I'm getting old, so I need some assistance handling heavy sheet goods. I hope this panel cart will provide that assistance.
Michael B on May 17, 2019
Safer transfer of sheet goods to the table saw.
Alan H on Apr 28, 2019
Good reviews and I am getting to old to manhandle 3/4” plywood and MDF.
Mark L on Apr 10, 2019
To help move and support sheet goods without straining my back.
Virginia W on Apr 8, 2019
Looks like a quality product with great reviews, hopefully it will help with material handling in the shop.
TomDL650 on Mar 31, 2019
GOOD FOR MANY USES, LOOKS LIKE IT IS WELL THOUGHT OUT.
BRUCE S on Mar 16, 2019
This cart will make moving large sheets and panels a breeze.
Mike C on Mar 2, 2019
I am 73 and it’s hard to move plywood by myself anymore. I hope this helps
James M on Feb 28, 2019
Recommendation from a friend who has one.
Richard T on Feb 26, 2019
This cart will definitely help make life easier for me when handling sheets of plywood and MDF.
Stuart Y on May 29, 2020
Husband requested it for his birthday.
Veronica R on May 15, 2020
What are some good methods of attaching Rockler T-Track Table Top to Material Mate?
Thomas M on Sep 4, 2018
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I have to move this stand over lawn and sidewalks to get to my shop, so could I replace the casters with 6-8" wheels and it will work ok?
S L on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Altering or changing the casters is not recommended, but as long as the hole pattern for the replacement caster is the same as the original caster it should work for your applications.
(Remember larger casters will increase the overall height of the cart.)
For those of you who have added the Rockler T-Track Table Top to your Panel Cart, can you still use it to carry panels while the T-Track table is attached or do you have to take the T-Track table off each time? If you can leave it on, what do you use to protect it when moving panels. Is there a special kit for attaching the T-Track table to the cart?
william m on Nov 18, 2018
I would like to buy two more locking/swivel casters to replace the fixed casters. Do you stock the exact casters sent with the original Material mate?
I just love this work table / storage table / material handler!!!
Tony S on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Here's a link to the matching casters if you want to have them all swivel. Note - it can be easier to maneuver a loaded cart across distances with two fixed and two swivel wheels (like a US shopping cart) than if all wheels swivel. Depends on how you are typically using it, though.
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4" Heavy-Duty Polyurethane Casters-Optional Sizes
What is the material weight limit on this handler?
Marty on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The material handling limit is 150 lbs.
What T-Track top will work best?
Pete G on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We only have one so 46654 would be our best
Error in material mate storage cabinet plan drawer bottom listed as 1/2" but slot for it is 1/4"?
William D on Jun 19, 2018
how can I modify the height so the minimum is 27-28 inches I need to remove the actions on grand pianos and because of a hand problem I need to avoid lifting them out and placing them atop the piano lid that is protected with a moving blanket . perhaps I need to take it to a metal shop and have them cut it ?
James K on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Raise the piano.
Does adding the optional top (say 1/2 inch ply) change the carrying capacity of the cart for sheet goods at all? (I'm thinking about reduced space in the little red "plywood holders"?)

Also, does adding the bottom shelf interfere with the tilt mechanism for fitting through doors?
Ben B on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I added a top shelf of 3/4 inch plywood (22 x 39) so I can use it as a work table. Most of the time I use it as a work table, or pull a full sheet of plywood out of my storage rack and easily pull it onto those two red tabs, then move it to my saw table (which just "happens" to be the same height I set the top of the cart to, and use it to saw the plywood while on top of the cart. Works fine. I figure that even though I may lose a little carrying capacity, it is worth it. I only tend to move more than 3 pieces of plywood at a time anyway, so the addition of a 3/4 inch piece of plywood for a work top is no problem. Have not tried adding bottom shelf.
Will the flip top bottom rail extend to the floor because it appears that you have to pick up the material rather high to position it on the bottom rail of the flip top? If so it defeats the whole purpose of the flip top.
Richard C on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You do have to lift the material up to the red clips on the top. However, the clips are smooth, so for heavy material I only lift half of the board up and I slide it to its pivot point to get the other half on the other clip.

If the clips were all the the way to the ground, the unit would be very unstable and would turn over easily.

I would highly recommend this product if you work with large sheets by yourself. I have used it on my last 3 projects, and I can’t imagine going back to horsing the sheets around by myself.
Can I use this to also cut plywood sheet with a track saw? Does the plywood sheet droop such as 1/4” thick material. Is there enough support?
DoctorJ on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would be reluctant to use the cart to support plywood using a track saw. There isn't enough area to provide stability. I use saw horses for this. Having said that, the cart is invaluable in my shop. One of the best Rockler purchases I've made.
Is this cart made in China or USA?
Trojan H on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Rockler Material Mate is made in China.
Are there built-in attachment points for the Shop Stand Tool Aprons?
Ken Y on Sep 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are no built in attachment points that i see on this unit. Being a craftsman I'm sure we could make one that would not interfere with th operation of the unit.
Are there only two positions: horizontal and near-vertical? Is it able to stop somewhere in between say 45degrees?
Connor B on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. It will only move to those dead stops. Though you could put a bolt to pin it were you want it. That's how the system it set up anywway.
In my job, i have to move and finish some large heavy mdf doors. The largest are 84 x 42. They seem to get heavier every year and often there is no one around to help. Will this cart handle a door that size?
HKAZ on Oct 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes I would trust it to do so. But I would caution you to pay close attention to safety alerts in instruction and definitely not carry any more than one at a time considering weight and thickness of doors I believe you would have to field rig more than one door at a time in order to carry flat yes at an angle I would not suggest.
Would this cart work good doubling as an outfield table? I have limited space and that would be a perfect place to store it.
MWDIlday on Nov 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It'll work great for that. I put a plywood top on mine to use for outfeed and a separate work surface.
what is the largest top you can put on this and still use it to carry one sheet at a time and also what is the item number for the locking wheels?
Travis B on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I put 3/4 inch wood slats on the carries top, this still allows me to carry 3/4 inch piece of plywood on top of those with those two stops. I installed the slates to equal the height of my table saw, so I can just slide the plywood sheet right onto the saw top, no lifting. As far as the wheels, I have no idea. I surprised rockler can't help you with that.
Am wondering if you can screw down a 4x8 model train board to this ? My goal is to rotate it to make it easier to work on underside for wiring ,etc. Obviously, when it is horizontal, I would add legs to the corners for added support
Jack F on Jan 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Possibly. You would need to be very careful with any wiring under neath if you run it that way. I would be extra careful with the locking mechanism as it can have issues with locking in place. maybe secure that with a hru bolt.
The door to my shop is only 27 inches wide. Would this cart make it through with a full sheet of plywood?
Richard G on Dec 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes - When the the plywood is in the vertical position. The outer post point of the red carrying hooks are within the dimensions of the base. (inside the 25 1/4" x 36" base dimensions)
how many sheets capacity has the cart?
mrtoyou on Aug 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could;d possible carry 2 3/4" sheets but the weight may tip over the cart. You could carry maybe four 1/4" sheets.
Do the locking casters that come with it lock the swivel as well or just the roll?
ED S on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The locking casters are for roll only. There are two ‘safety locking pins’ for the swivel function.
Does the cart lock in the tilted upright position? My standard sheet size is 72" x 96" - if the cart doesn't lock while tilted, will the sheet fall to the horizontal position? (as there is more weight above the pivot than below)

Thank you.
Tessa J on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: NO, I does not lock in the tilted position. It was designed for 4' x 8' sheets. I sure like my cart, however, I don't see how it can easily handle your larger sheets.
Can anyone give me the answer? I just finished putting my material mate together and I can not find any thing on how to release the bullet pins.
Edmund R on Dec 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes you have to wiggle the top to get them out. They can be a little tight.
When the tabletop is in it's most vertical position, what is the angle?
Frank G on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is at about a 75% angle. Works great!
I have a 29 inch wide door to my garage. Will this go through my door without plywood and with a full sheet (assume it would be in tilt position)? My door height is 75-1/2inches so same questions as previous. Also, what size wood top would be safe and stable to use if working as a worktable? Do you have to screw it down and is there a place on to top to do that? As you can tell, I'm a novice who is eager to learn all things woodworking. Pam
pamela g on Mar 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The top edge of a 4' wide sheet of plywood on the cart is between 62-62"" from the floor in the tilted position and it fits within the width of the cart which is about 25-1/2 inches. As far as a top goes, about 2x3 feet would be stable since that is within the dimensions of the cart. Beyond that depends on how much weight you might have out near the edges since they will be outside footprint of the cart. The cart itself isn't heavy like a workbench usually is, so you would have to be careful with a larger top. There are some holes in the top framework that #8 woodscrews will fit through from the bottom.
I would like to know if I can use a table top that is 42 inches by 42 inches square. Will this cause the cart to be tippy or unstable? The item it has to hold weighs about 90 - 95 pounds and the dimensions are 41 inches by 41 inches square. Thank You
Frank on Feb 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: With a base that is only about 25 inches wide, you'll have a lot of overhang. Personally, I wouldn't put a top with that much overhang on this cart. If you lean on the edge, I'd worry about it tipping. I don't remember where the two locking casters are on mine, but if you lift the weight off one of those, it may want to start moving sideways as well as tipping.
The instruction manual recommends that when attaching a top, it is necessary to add narrow extension strip to the Material MateTM by driving screws (not included) through predrilled holes in the frame. I wish to add a T-track table top to mine. Do you offer an appropriate extension strip to enable this, or 1.25" melamine coated MDF from which one could be fabricated?
Butch on Feb 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You could add just a strip of wood ripped down to the same width as your MDF top and it would work fine. I had the same idea, however, if the top is too thick then the red levers that flip up to catch the plywood when you use it as a tilt top to move large sheets may not be deep enough to catch the sheet being transported. I decided to just use a piece of 3/4" MDF for the top, and the strip, so I had more height for the red flip up levers. I also put a piece of 3/4" MDF on the bottom for a shelf. I am amazed how often I use my material mate. I also changed all the bottom casters to swivel locking and it is really handy to move in any direction. Rockler should change and include all swivel locks for greater flexibility.
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