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Rockler Material Mate Panel Cart and Shop Stand

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
Manufacturer Part Number N/A
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
Tech Docs
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Awesome cart
Used several times for large sheet goods. Tilts easily to move the sheets through the doorways. Put a butcher block top on it so when not used for panels I have an extra work bench.
September 6, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great Mate!
Excellent tool. Sturdy, easy to assemble and perfect for handling large sheet goods. My first project was finishing a cherry butcher block table top. Too heavy for one person... no problem for the Material Mate. Tip- use a clamp to lock the tilt mechanism when using the Material Mate as a work surface.
August 24, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
It Works
Easily move plywood from back of my truck, to the wood storage building, or to the saws. Minimal assembly needed. I have not yet explored possibilities of using as a mobile workbench.
July 26, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Thanks to customer service I LOVE IT
I found the two fixed casters limited my ability to maneuver around my shop so badly I was going to have to give the Material Mate only one star. Good idea, terrible execution.But before giving up I called customer service and was able to purchase 2 additional locking casters to replace the fixed ones. Now it performs exactly as I had hoped and it is an awesome addition to my shop.
June 25, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I LOVE IT!
This is such a handy and wonderful addition to my workshop! It is easy to assemble & super easy to use. I'm already discovering that this material mate makes working with large sheet products much, much safer. I would highly recommend this tool to anybody.
June 19, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great tool with modifications
This is sooooo useful! I added a permanent top and textured FRP to the top, so that my sheet goods will slide more easily on to the table saw. Also, I changed the fixed wheels to casters. Now, it's much easier to align with my table saw.
Material Mate with FRP and all four casters
Material Mate with FRP and all four casters
June 17, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
A real back saver
I found the assembly to be relatively easy and straight forward. Just used it for the first time to take plywood from storage and saw on my table saw. Process was easy, stable and good support while cutting. I like the idea of using this as a work table as well given its strength, stability and ease of movement.
June 3, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Don't know how I got by without one. Definitely recommend to all.
May 29, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Well built
Just what I needed
May 20, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Really saves my back
I agree with others that 4 locking swivel caster would make moving in a smaller shop more convenient. I did one minor change during assembly. I put the caster washers between the hex head and the caster plate and used split locks on the nut side. The bolt heads are just not quite big enough to fully cover the caster mounting holes.
May 14, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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I work in a cabinet shop. As a 5'5" woman who works with mostly 6 foot tall men, no one in the shop really understands what it is like to carry around 4'x8' sheets of plywood. It's not the weight, as much as the size. I am hoping this cart will put me on a more equal footing with the men I work with.
Naomi P on Jun 16, 2018
Versatility
Richard M on Jun 1, 2018
I work in a cabinet shop. As a 5'5" woman who works with mostly 6 foot tall men, no one in the shop really understands what it is like to carry around 4'x8' sheets of plywood. It's not the weight, as much as the size. I am hoping this cart will put me on a more equal footing with the men I work with.
Naomi P on Jun 16, 2018
I'm getting old.
John C on Jun 2, 2018
Versatility
Richard M on Jun 1, 2018
Father's day is coming up and I have helped my husband carry in sheet rock and plywood before and it is not an easy job--I really think this will help him way better than I do!!
Katherine M M on May 31, 2018
To make handling sheets of plywood easier.
JM F on May 28, 2018
i think this will be a great addition to my small workshop.
Jeff C on May 28, 2018
Dual Purpose: To use as a panel carrier and an outfeed table for a portable table saw. Like the adjustable height.
Cynthia O on May 27, 2018
I am a petite 67 year old female who happens to like building cabinets and other wood projects. I need all the help I can get moving large sheets of plywood.
Cris R on May 27, 2018
Highly recommended by a friend plus reviews of others
Marlin P on May 20, 2018
help me do work on my own
Jesse K on May 12, 2018
Getting old and feeling puny a lot more.
Steven M on May 10, 2018
I’m 75 years old
Jimmie F on May 10, 2018
Looks like a very helpful piece of equipment. I cut a lot of sheet goods and this will come in handy.
Gregory F on May 8, 2018
Earlier I purchased a T track table which I plan to use with this in the shop stand mode. My plan is to use the panel cart mode when needed. I have made a downdraft sanding table which I plan to use on top of the T track table. I like the idea of multiple use, compact storage mobile applications in my shop.
Barry M on May 5, 2018
Good size with duel use and good value.
Larry H on May 2, 2018
I most times work alone. This great tool helps me handle heavy and bulky sheets of material easier and safer unloading and once at the table saw.
Lee S on May 1, 2018
Purchase because as I get older, the 3/4" plywood panels are getting heavier. Wish Rockler would sell the unit with four swivel casters and not force the customers into buying two additional swivel casters at a cost of $23.99 as any good company that was to satisfy the customer's needs. Hope they read this!!!
Shirley V on Apr 30, 2018
to work smarter not harder
Billy B on Apr 29, 2018
Gift for my husband so he can handle lumber sheets by himself and I won't have to help him!
Lynda M on Apr 28, 2018
workshop / material handling in the plant. Reasonably priced!
Lana G on Apr 27, 2018
can work without someone helping me
Raymond R on Apr 18, 2018
My husband loves to build things for our home. Unfortunately, he has two herniations in his back. I'm hoping that this will allow him less pain while in the shop.
Samantha A Y on Mar 29, 2018
I have used different products, but this is what I feel that I need to move the panel sheets from my truck to my table saw. As I get older, it is hard for me to move sheet stock.
Jeff D on Mar 24, 2018
I have issues with my back. Between that and being 67 years old, I can use all the help I can get when moving sheet stock around my shop.
Duane K H on Mar 16, 2018
A tool that I believe will help me as I get older and stiffer.
J A on Mar 12, 2018
I work by myself looks like it will help me alot
Steven A on Mar 7, 2018
I have problems with my spine
John D on Mar 6, 2018
I work alone most of the time
Donald M on Mar 1, 2018
well built and durable
Jon E. S on Feb 22, 2018
Looks like something I needed for handling my sheet goods projects.
Ronald O on Feb 21, 2018
Versatility and strength.
Conrad S on Feb 14, 2018
I'm 81 yrs old full sheets are getting hard too handle
Jack F on Jan 24, 2018
I handle a large number of sheet goods. This will make life easier
John G on Jan 6, 2018
Great material handler for large plywood
Jeffrey S on Dec 24, 2017
Make it easier to move sheet goods in shop and onto table saw
John A on Dec 22, 2017
My backs not as strong as it use to be so this looks like it will be useful.
Brian T on Dec 22, 2017
Love the versatility of moving the large sheets or locking and using as a work surface
Jennifer V on Dec 21, 2017
platform and movable
TOM M on Dec 19, 2017
Looks like it can save lifting heavy panels
Norm A on Dec 19, 2017
Although pricey, it was on sale. And there is no other panel cart like this.
randy l on Dec 18, 2017
Husband asked for it for Christmas
Mary N on Dec 14, 2017
Getting older and weaker. Need anything I can use to make my load a bit lighter in my shop. This, hopefully, will do the trick.
Donn S on Dec 12, 2017
Because of my aged back and because I mostly work alone.
Herb S on Dec 11, 2017
Can be used for multiple purposes.
Bob G on Dec 10, 2017
As I age, plywood is getting heavier. This appears to be a good solution to moving and setting up for the cutting of a sheet. Also, it should be useful when not moving a sheet about. Extra workbench space is always welcome.
Doug B on Dec 6, 2017
I'm going to build my kitchen cabinets, and this will be a huge help.
Nina S on Dec 2, 2017
For husband in the workshop, he's getting old and decrepit, he needs all the help he can get, this seems to be exactly what will work for him.
Laurel C on Nov 29, 2017
Christmas present for husband
Conni H on Nov 27, 2017
Christmas gift
Jean C on Nov 27, 2017
CHRISTMAS PRESENT.
PATRICIA G on Nov 26, 2017
I'm getting old.
John C on Jun 2, 2018
Father's day is coming up and I have helped my husband carry in sheet rock and plywood before and it is not an easy job--I really think this will help him way better than I do!!
Katherine M M on May 31, 2018
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.)
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 T 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
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: I do not know how you would be able to get it down that Low, because the one side has the angle and to get it to go down farther will change things. Unless you have someone make and all new top to slide into the base and then you would have two option to put on for thr top sections.
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.
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?
Cheyenne's Dad 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 swivel is locked as well as the roll.
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.
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.
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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