Mobile Bases Brookings SD
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm
Sioux Falls, SD
Rapid City, SD
Whether you shop is large or small, mobile bases allow you to get the most out of the space you have. When I need to re-saw some long stock on my bandsaw, its mobile base lets me easily reposition it to clear nearby obstacles. When I'm done, the bandsaw goes back in the corner where it doesn't take up precious floor space. Some folks have mobile bases in order to get the car in the garage. Others like them because they make cleanup easier. Whatever the size of your shop, mobile bases make it a better place to work.
Custom & Universal Bases
Custom bases are built to fit specific machines. For more on custom bases, see “Custom Bases,”. Universal bases are the category we chose for this test. Because these bases change as your tools change, they can keep up with the evolution of your shop. They're capable of handling most home shop tools (see table, for typical shop-machine weight ranges).
We loaded each base to 400 lbs. since most stationary tools fall under this weight limit. The Delta was loaded to its 300-lb. limit. Bases capable of carrying more were re-tested at their weight limits. We looked at each base for ease of transition from rolling cart to stationary platform and effort needed to level them on an uneven floor. We noted how stable each platform was in the down position as well as how maneuverable it was in tight spaces.
What To Look For in a Mobile Base
Mobile bases work best on smooth floors free from large bumps and debris. The best base changes quickly and easily from a solid platform to a highly maneuverable tool dolly. At rest, a mobile base needs to be steady. You don't want your tablesaw to start sliding across the floor in the middle of a cut. And when you're done, you want it to glide easily back to it's nesting place.
Lever-Action vs. Foot Pedal vs. Screw-Down
The lever-action on the Vega bases and the foot-pedal of the General, Delta and Rockler were the easiest to transition between mobile and stationary modes. These bases are a good choice for machines that get moved every time they're used. The screw-down footpad found on the Shop Fox models automatically adjusts for an uneven floor. Bending over to screw down each foot is a bother, though, making the Shop Fox a better choice for infrequent moves on an uneven floor.
The Vega assembles right under the machine. There's no need to lift your 400-lb. tablesaw onto the base. Just tip the machine enough to slide the 1/16-in.-thick corner pads underneath and tighten a couple of set screws with an Allen wrench.
Hook, lift and go! Just hook the handle in the lift ring and you're mobile. This is an old trick that takes advantage of the power of a lever. In the resting position, no weight is left on the wheels. The machine rests on the four steel corner pads underneath, resulting in the most stable base of all.
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