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    Hi I have machines, and it seems adding wheels would be a good idea.   I looked up a few ideas from youtube etc on people making them, but all I saw were basically for a particular machine that I don't have.   Is there any way to make designing an making rolling bases easier?!?!?   I have some wheels for two machines and if I can get two machines rolling I'd sure like to hunt down more wheels and make more machines roll too.
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    Re: Machine bases

    I'm building a couple. Just doing my own design so no specific plans to share. For lathe doing fixed wheels at back because likely just pull it out from the wall - were on sale at Princess auto. For radial arm saw, using castors at back that spin so can wheel around. Just found these on line that I plan to use on the front
    -ProCaster Workbench Caster Kit | Move up to 500 lbs | Pack of 4 Brand: ProCaster - on Amazon - $75
    -I'm hopeful should work well. Will allow me to have the front sit on floor when in use and not move Graham


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      Re: Machine bases

      I put my machines on wood bases and use a pallet jack to move them around.
      The wood base is just high enough to slide the pallet jack underneath.
      I think I paid $150 for a used one- about the same cost as 4 heavy duty casters.

      Nathan
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        Re: Machine bases

        Two wheels attached to the back, the machine maybe a half inch off the floor,and a single wheel detachable drawbar works awesome
        search felder or hammer mobility kit for ideas
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          Re: Machine bases

          Originally posted by al.m.. View Post
          Two wheels attached to the back, the machine maybe a half inch off the floor,and a single wheel detachable drawbar works awesome
          search felder or hammer mobility kit for ideas
          I’m with Al, I like semi-live skid designs because they only raise the machine a few millimetres off the floor and are rock solid when stationary.

          Simply buy 2 wheels and a piece of shaft and use a step bit to drill round holes for the axle. Make a simple tow bar and put 2 threaded feet on the other end.

          Here’s a couple of photographs including a bandsaw and saw/shaper....Rod

          P.S. My brothers grandchildren love the pink streamers I put on the tow bar I made him.

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          Last edited by Rod Sheridan; 12-05-2020, 12:08 PM.
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            Re: Machine bases

            Old Delta radial arm saws came with a terrific system and I don't know why it has not been copied. There are 2 pairs of small swivel casters connected to an axel with foot levers to easily raise or lower the machine. I think that this system is great for a machine that you want to be mobile and yet rock solid when in use. Here's a couple of pictures of what the system looks like.

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