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    Default Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    Quote 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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    Last edited by John JMK; 08-04-2012 at 04:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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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    Default Re: Leveling Feet

    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

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