Hilltop Design, an engineering firm in New Hampshire, has a 21st-century solution for moving around big shop equipment: the hoverpad. Instead of hoping your sorry-ass friends will show up and your dolly and steel toes will make it through one more move without injury, you can use hover technology to get the job done quickly and safely.
To get started you need a smooth, flat floor surface — like an epoxy-coated concrete floor — and a pretty big air compressor. Moving a 1,000 pound load (like, say, your table saw) on a smooth floor requires about 8 CFM at 100 PSI.
Position the inch-thick hoverpad underneath your heavy crap, hook up the air source, and pump the pad full. Their 18″ x 24″ pad can handle 600 pounds, and their 29” x 29” pad can lift at least 1,200 pounds.
Hilltop Design also offers a wheel-less work bench that rides on a similar air pad. Though they’re licensing the technology to other companies, they sell directly to the consumer right now. You’ll have to contact them directly for pricing, though. Apparently it’s a secret.
When you do contact them, check out their website and the demonstration video. In it, an eight- or nine-year-old girl effortlessly pushes along a thousand-pound bench with an adult perched on top.
Four words: table-saw air hockey.