Drill Press - Mobile Base??

I just bought the JET 17" floor model at the local dealer open house. One of the displays was on a mobile base. Both the dealer and the JET rep. advised against using one. I initially didn't think about it but it is pretty top heavy. Does any one have any good or bad experiences with the floor model DP on a mobile stand?
Dave
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I have a 17" DP on a mobile stand that I made. At the corners of the stand, I mounted 1/2" bolts that I screw down to stabilize the stand. In the rare circumstance that I want to move the DP, I retract the bolts and move the DP *very carefully*. I can e-mail you a photo if you wish.
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Max wrote:

I did basically the same thing for a smaller DP. The homemade base is bolted to the DP base (not simply sitting on it). Two fixed rollers at the rear, two swivel rollers at the front and 1/2" bolts through square steel "tubing" and plywood. The thing should be very solid because any flex "amplifies" up at the table height.
I also keep the spare vises and a bag of sand on the base.
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"David Bridgeman" wrote

They're on the way.
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This concern has been posted here several times over the past couple of years. Generally the the advice is to use caution or not use a mobile base at all. The smallest obstruction (joint in shop floor of even a piece of wood) can catch the wheels and lead to tipping a top-heavy machine. I have always considered my DP to be one of the smaller footprints in the shop and find a place to place it full-time. Granted, it finds a new home from time to time but not on wheels.
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RonB wrote:

surprised at how little a tilt shifts the weight. I think for now I will leave it in one spot. Luckily, I have a tool cart that is about 5" off the ground (raised for an outfeed table) that rolls right over the base, so I don't loose much real estate at all.
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David Bridgeman wrote:

I have an HTC mobile base on mine. I only move it maybe once every 2 years..
My drill press required that you mount the drill press base on a fairly large piece of 3/4 plywood in order to help stablity. The bigger footprint makes it stable, even on a mobile base.
There's no way in hell I'd put it on a mobile base without the bigger plywood "foot".
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bf wrote:

with a larger plywood foot as you mentioned. Thanks for the response.
Dave
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David Bridgeman wrote:

Here is my solution to that problem - use at your own risk:
http://www.tundraware.com/Woodworking/MinimalistMobileBase /
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Tim Daneliuk wrote:

I actually found your site by googling before my original post. I can see how it works but that setup frightens me a bit. Thanks for the response.
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