table saw wheels


I have a table saw I want to put wheels on to move it around. Rather than having a frame setup with all 4 wheels, I would rather have wheels on the back legs and two pipes like a wheelbarrow setup to move it around. I would welcome any ideas. I really like this forum. Especially the thread of doing work for *friends*. That was an eye opener for me as I have been in the same position of helping friends who don't seem to appreciate fixin' help unless it's free.
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Hey Doo, My old Craftsman had a set of "two position" wheels on the back legs. In its stationary mode, the wheels did not make floor contact but if you lifted the table up at the rear you could set the wheels in a lower rung thus allowing them to roll on the floor. Then just lift the table at the front and wheel it around. The legs felt flimsy when I moved it so I braced the legs all the way around with 2x 4 held in place with 2 3/8 inch bollts at each corner. You don't mention what model saw it is but I'm inferring that it is not a cabinet saw since you mentioned legs. I have not seen these wheels any other place than Sears but I am sure they exist. Marc
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'Pap',
FWIW I'll describe the simple set-up on my Ryobi 3000SX . . .
The saw is mounted on a 'skirted' stand. The frame is built up from lengths of 'angle iron', but it is VERY STABLE when everything is snugged down. The bottom of all 4 'legs' have screw-adjustable, rubber-covered feet. On the left side {from the operators position} a pair of non-rotating casters {about 3in dia}are mounted on the legs - about an inch or so above 'touching the floor'. {note - this is also the 'motor side' of the saw}.
To use, the instructions say to pick the saw up by the rails on the OPPOSITE side, until the wheels touch, then move the say. I'm guessing this puts less pressure on the rails, although it feels awkward. I've actually done it from both sides.
For the sake of 'paranoia', a basic 'hand truck' can be gotten from Harbor Freight for the same price as set of 'Brand Name' casters. Maybe a dash more trouble, but a 'multi-tasking tool' that's just plain handy to have in a corner !!
Regards & Good Luck, Ron Magen Backyard Boatshop

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I had a contractor saw where the previous owner had added something like this.
It had two wheels mounted to the back side of the back legs such that they were just barely above the floor. If you tilted the saw backwards, then the wheels took the weight and you could wheel it around relatively easily.
Chris
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I used to have exactly that. it worked well. It was one of the higher end craftsman contractor saws of the day. The bottom not only a mobile base but also a dust collection bin. The design was basically a box, with a door, to catch sawdust and four legs. The rear legs has wheels on the end. It stayed put just fine (probably because the design carried most of it's weight on the front stationary feet.
The box was as wide as the saw "cabinet", but deeper (front to back). The rear legs extended up behind the motor to support side by side rollers.It was made with 2x4's OSB.
This design improved on the standard base by providing mobility, dust catching, and providing permanent support about 10 inches beyond the of the table.
The idea was shamefully ripped off from my fathers stand... Mine was the KISS version of his; he had and actual drawer for dust catching, a, drawer for blade storage, and under-wing shelves for fence storage. The least obvious dfference was the he incuded a pull-out iron pipe, used to lever the whole thing up onto the back wheels.
Regards,
Steve

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floor is smooth enough, and mount them outside 2 of the legs, so that the wheels are just barely off the ground. Then when you lift from the opposite side, they will pivot down to the floor. I used to have my contractor saw set up like this and used the fence rails as the "wheelbarrow" handles. Worked OK but when in the rolling position the ends of the fence rails too high compared to a real wheelbarrow's handles.
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Check out http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/product10?&NMCLASS 200&NSBCLASS349&NETID"55510830061151850, the first table saw on the page. It's got two swivel wheels attached to two of the legs. The picture's not that great but basically the wheels are retractable by pushing against a metal lever with your foot, and a different leaver to push the wheels down.
When I bought my saw it came with two of these. You could move the saw around just as you described. I put them on, moved my saw a couple of times like that, and then went back to the store and bought two more. Having wheels on all four legs makes a HUGE difference to how easily and how accurately you can move your saw around. Table saws are heavy, and they don't get any lighter as they age (a-hem!).
My only complaint with my particular set is that the bolts supplied were probably not the right size so the nuts get loose, and the way they attach to the legs is kind of strange so they're hard to keep tight. But I think that's a separate issue for you.
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I missed the original post.
Go here. I did. Great idea. I used Woodcrafts 3" red urethane swivel casters for all 4 corners. Even with the case loaded I can roll it with 1 finger, but I have a flat floor.
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/features/fea.asp?id 53
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