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If you’re not lucky enough to have a football-stadium-sized shop, then you know — as we do — what it’s like to contend with having more tools than you have space.  In a perfect world you’d havea a place for everything with workflow taken successfully into account, but in reality you’re probably going to have to put things away to use others — even large (and normally stationary) power tools. 

Manufacturers, of course, expect you to leave them put, so they don’t include wheels.  Thankfully, you can add them yourself.

Shop Fox adjustable mobile bases are designed to give users a stable platform upon which to mount machinery and equipment.  They’re adjustable to a variety of base sizes and tool weights.

The Fox’s heavy-duty casters are mounted on outriggers, allowing the machine to sit as low as possible to in order to remain stable.  Swivel casters on two corners provide maneuverability.

You can assemble the base in any of eight configurations, so the Fox is pretty flexable in terms of size requirements.  Its unique two-piece retractable feet use rare earth magnets to allow the knob to turn while the foot pad remains steady on the floor — which means you won’t gouge up your floor every time you drop the feet.

It’s a well built system with support beams constructed from heavy gauge box steel held together with large carriage bolts — instead of flat bar stock and flimsy pins you might see on other (less heavy-duty) models.

Street pricing starts at $59.

Adjustable Mobile Bases [Shop Fox]
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5 Responses to Finds: Adjustable Mobile Bases

  1. Mark says:

    I tried to make my own mobile bases from 2x4s and heavy casters. They did not work well. I purchased two of these from ShopFox and have been much more mobile since then. They work really well. Sometimes you are better off buying things …

  2. Rob says:

    I have mobile bases or wheels on almost all of my stationary tools. With the cost of steel rising, it’s almost a no-brainer to buy a pre-made base. I did end up making the base for my workbench and just integrated casters on my grinder stand since I had certain features I wanted to incorporate that weren’t available otherwise.

  3. Brent says:

    This is really nice. If I get to Grizzly this weekend, I may pick some up. I just got a band saw for Christmas, that I need to make mobile.

    I would be interested in seeing a review of moble bases from you guys. Keep up the good work.

  4. Uncle J says:

    Was going to buy only stand that fix my table from Grizzly’s close-out, it was listed for $62.95 add to cart, then purchase parts! looked like an oversight, but I’d be pissed if all I got was a frame

  5. tinbender2 says:

    My only concern is the casters. They look small enough to get stuck in expansion gaps in my cement floor. If the wheels are plastic, they may pick up all manner of small sharp debris on the floor and stop the wheels from rotating.

    I have put heavy duty polyurethane casters on most of my shop equipment, using scrap steel for a frame, and a mig welder, for less than $30 per set.

    The factory wheels on my welders were so crappy, I replaced them with large pneumatic tires ($50 total cost) so I could roll them anywhere, including outdoors through soft sand. These tools get moved around a lot, to projects that are too big to bring to the welders.

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