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    Hi all,

    So I'm laying out my shop and trying to plan how to build things... i've got a tablesaw station on casters that needs an outfeed table, for example, and I'd like the workbench beyond to end up at the same height. My shop is a skinny little garage, with a sloping floor.

    It seems like the best solution is leveling feet for the tools - so that I can get all of the surfaces lined up and level, but still keep the function of dropping the tools that have wheels onto the wheels as needed. What is the best size to shoot for? And where can they be had cheaply? It seems like the best bang/buck solution is a set of LV Cabinet Leveler Feet or Leveler Glides with some Propel Nuts, but would a 1.5" diameter foot (times 4) firmly support something like a tablesaw station? Or should I be looking in the 3-4" range and if so, where do I find those for a decent price, around $5 each?

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    I used the cabinet leveller feet on my workbench and they weren't quite up to the weight of it (400-700 lbs, depending on what I've got sitting on top of it in use). They're still on, and they're holding it up, but the cups collapsed under the weight and they look squished now. The 3/8" propel nut seems adequate enough though, and I haven't really given any thought to replacing them.

    I haven't had any luck finding a sufficient levelling foot locally for that weight and usage so I'd be interested to know if anybody knows of one.

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    • #3

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      These work really well http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware...=3,40993,41283 I've used them in my last two shops.
      Paul

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        If you do a search for leveling caster you should find a few, here are some of the ones i found.
        http://www.accesscasters.com/leveling-casters.aspx
        http://www.footmastercasters.com/
        http://wmcaster.com/index.html
        http://www.atlascasters.com/index.php/LCO
        http://www.castersupply.com/NAV/leveling_casters.htm

        There is also Casterland their stores are located in Western Canada.
        Mike @ Buck Lake

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          Originally posted by mikeddd View Post
          If you do a search for leveling caster you should find a few, here are some of the ones i found.
          Thanks for the info Mike, but I ruled out Leveling Casters based on price when I first started looking. Unless they're at $5/each somewhere, they're too much for me!

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            Originally posted by OttawaP View Post
            These work really well http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware...=3,40993,41283 I've used them in my last two shops.
            Does everything remain sturdy? I'm just worried about the size of the foot... was thinking twice as big would be better but if it's not, then so be it!

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              Originally posted by guitarchitect View Post
              Does everything remain sturdy? I'm just worried about the size of the foot... was thinking twice as big would be better but if it's not, then so be it!
              Once loaded they are rock solid, the more weight the better.
              Paul

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                Now if only they weren't $7 each!

                Wow, I spent way too much time on McMaster-Carr's website! Pretty awesome stuff! They have a very similar item that is $15 for a pack of 4. Too bad they only deal with commercial vendors!

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                • #9

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                  Do these work for you.
                  http://www.richelieu.com/en/leveler-...search=4501090
                  John
                  Last edited by John JMK; 08-04-2012, 05:06 PM.

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                  • #10

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                    I've used these several times. They are fairly cheap for a package for 4. Heavy duty and adjustable. They are available at busy bee http://www.busybeetools.com/products...D-4PC-SET.html

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                    • #11

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                      I used the leveling guides you posted a link to in your original post, they work good but the table that I used them on seldom gets over two hundred pounds on it. On heavier tables I've used just the T-Nuts and a regular bolt with a nut to lock the height, you can use longer bolts if required.
                      Mike @ Buck Lake

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                      • #12

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                        I'm a little late, but this might help someone else. Use hockey pucks!

                        like this http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/r...cles_374.shtml

                        They are available from lee valley for a buck a piece http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,43456,43465

                        use a propel nut or something similar in the leg (or the coupler nut as shown in the link above) and a carriage bolt, you should have big sturdy levellers for under $5 each
                        I'm only responsible for what i say, not for what you understand.

                        If you can't fix it with a hammer, You have an electrical problem.

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