Delta 50-345 Universal Mobile Base Kit (Wood Not Included)Delta
Shipping weight: 15.09 pounds
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Conforms to most base sizes, just add your own hardwood rails and this base will hold 300 pounds.
From the Manufacturer
Great rig., October 31, 2002
Reviewer: puzzlingon from San Jose, CA USA
Easy to set up (just some chopping and drilling), works great. Tools are solid when not moving. Adds barely a 1/2" of height. I like the wood frame rather than steel ones; it seems less clangy and noisy to me.
For most things, you can use 2x2's of good douglas fir; it fits just right and is more than strong enough for a jointer or bandsaw.
Nothing to compare it to, but extremely satisfied, October 21, 2002
Reviewer: NA from San Jose, CA United States
I purchased this mobile base based on the reviews I've obtained here at Amazon for my Jet cabinet saw. Once recieved, I can say that I'm completely pleased with my purchase.
The package is quite heavy and is about the size of a shoe box. Once removed from the package, it's fairly obvious how the pieces come together, but there's a fairly good manual for reference.
The corner plates are heavy and seem very strong. The bolts, wheels, pedal and other items also have the same "strong" appeal.
I used some scrap Oak that I had which I then glued and screwed to the thickness of 1 1/2 inches. I didn't want to puchase any new material as I had this scrap avaiable, but I assume that using a single piece of hardwood is the most desireable method for assembly. The additional material cost you'll of course have to factor into your total price of the purchase.
Once assembled and place underneath my saw, the operation of raising and lowering the unit is easy and does not require much effort at all. A foot pedal is used to raise the base which then settles the wheel on an angled flat point on the pedal. The saw then glides effortlessly across my shop floor.
When in the stationary position, I do notice that my saw is not as "grounded" as it was when I did not have a base, but I'm willing to live with this as I'm sure I can figure some ways to sure this up.
Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase and would not hesitate to buy another for any other large shop tool.
Nice Addition to any Shop, September 10, 2002
Reviewer: Dale Voth from Bothell, WA United States
This base kit was easy to put together and has made moving my table saw around an easy task. I used pipe to put this together instead of wood and it worked great. I highly recommend this product.
Good choice, July 25, 2002
Reviewer: Paul Martin from Albuquerque, NM USA
I am using this stand for a compound miter saw. For a light tool like this, pine rails ripped from 2x4s work just fine. If you are trying to support a major league table saw or something closer to the 300 pound limit, then follow Delta's advice and use hardwood.
I bought an HTC mobile stand for my table saw, in part to compare the two models. On design, the Delta wins. The freely rotating front caster makes the unit very maneuverable, much easier to move around the shop than the HTC. In addition, the lever in front gives a much greater range of motion, so it lifts the unit much further off the stationary feet. The two units are roughly equivalent in difficulty of assembly. Do your own measurements for the wood; the unit will take a tad more than the 1 1/2 inch square cross section recommended. I also recommend drilling the bolt holes with a drill press if at all possible. I don't own a drill press, so I couldn't get the holes drilled perfectly square, and the unit looks like it was assembled by a drunken sailor. It works great, but I can't really blame Delta for the appearance.
One downside to the Delta is the need for the hardwood rails for heavier equipment. If you don't have a lot of scrap hardwood lying around, you should include the price of the wood in your price comparison. You should also have access to a planer and joiner to square up the wood, something that wasn't necessary with the pine.
It works, June 12, 2002
Reviewer: Michael A. Teter & Nordilla Teter from Garden Plain, Kansas United States
I bought one of these to hold about 350 lbs of Parks planner, base and motor. It rolls around my shop easily. I used square metal tubing instead of wood, by the way. If you have a good surplus store nearby, it's a lot cheaper, I had the lengths precut and all I had to do was drill, sand and paint. Be sure you read the directions carefully before cutting the lengths of your rails. It shipped short of the two adjustable feet that it rests on, but a phone call to Delta and I had them in 2 days.
Wood not included, fixed feet not included, April 18, 2002
Reviewer: P J MCCONNELL from LUSBY, MARYLAND United States
Bought 6 more to go with the initial one I tried last year.
All six arrived without the fixed feet in the sealed package, Delta responded quickly and without complaint.
Op note. While I believe this is the better base, there are some limitations.
The lift mechanism is sturdy and easy to use The three point contact obtained, when rolling, provides good mobility on smooth concrete. When used on (limiting) heavy equipment, however, the lift occurs on mid beam between corners, the resulting twist of the wood beam that supports the retractile roller is objectionable. For this condition, this one rail can be replaced or strengthened with a 1 1/2" x 1/8" angle to provide stiffness. For most applications, pine will do for all rails except the lifting beam where the hardwood beam is more appropriate....
Were the packing inspectors on a break?, March 11, 2002
Reviewer: Carol A. Johnston from Peru, IN United States
I ordered two of the mobile bases for my router table and table saw. When I opened the boxes, BOTH were missing the levelers, which are necessary for the tools to sit flat on the floor. I called Delta to order the parts, and was told that I may have to wait a couple of weeks to get them. I have many Delta products, and this is the first time that parts were missing. I'm sure the mobile bases will work great when I have all of the parts, but Delta needs to have a talk with their packing inspectors!
Delta Universal Mobile Base Kit, February 22, 2002
Reviewer: yelsob from Marshfield, WI United States
This is a good solid, heavy duty Mobile Base Kit. I'm happy that I ordered two of them when I did. I would have liked to see it equipt with hard rubber wheels instead of the "plastic" ones. Purchasing the hardwood 2-1/2" pieces needed is expensive - I used white oak for a snug fit. I cut them to size (e.g. 27-1/2" x 28") to fit my Delta Planer stand. Never-the-less, I would not hesitate ordering this item again when I require still another.
Overall Good product, February 18, 2002
Reviewer: Kenneth Van Kley from Tinley Park, IL United States
This is a good base for a variety of tools that need to be mobile. The only issue I have with it is the rubber feet. It's almost impossible to get the castle-nut on it. The bolt in the rubber foot starts spinning as soon as you apply any torque. I'm going to have to replace the locking nut with a regular nut and a lock washer..
Okay but not great!, February 8, 2002
Reviewer: James L. Golm from Fort Wayne, IN USA
I do not have experience with the other universal unit but it certainly has to be a better deal. First,Delta did not supply enough nuts and bolts. Disappointing because ... they certainly could afford it! Second, adding the ... cost of the oak for the rails this is a very expensive unit! Quality is fine. But quality control i.e. missing bolts is poor.