I recently built a 4' x 8' workbench with 4"X6" corner posts and 3/4"
plywood for two shelves and a double thickness top. I', using the
shelves for wood storage on one and tool storage on the other. As
can tell, the workbench is now very heavy. I am looking for a set of
casters that would mount to the sides of the corner posts, and allow
me to raise and move the table. My Hitachi table saw has similar
casters that have a lever that either raises or lowers the wheels
enough to bring legs off the floor. Does anyone know of this type
casters? I've done some searches, but there seems to be a large
variety of casters types. I would like to be able to move the
workbemch without having to remove everything from it first.
Have a look at machine tool casters at suppliers like Enco, Grainger,
McMaster, etc. Goodle other sources such as 'material handling' for
even more ideas. Lee Valley, Grizzly, others should have casters ,
I don't believe the OP is looking for casters per se. I believe he is
looking for a "system" whereby the workbench can normally rest on it's
legs so as to be sturdy, but allow him to raise it onto casters should
he want to move it.
Imagine trying to use a long breaker bar on something mounted in the
workbench vise if the workbench was up on casters. You could walk
around in circles for hours! Even locking casters are going to give
I bought something like this for my tablesaw, although mine was
"universal" in that it came with the wheels, corner brackets and the
fot operated lift mechanism, but no "stringers". You cut your own
"stringers" to fit the base of your tool. Works pretty good.
ShopSmiths used to come with those, built into the 1950s-modern styled
base. A big pedal on each end would lift it up on casters, and pushing
the pedals again would drop it down on non-skid pads. I think my brother
ended up with the family machine. Sucker was expensive, even back then.
I'll be damned- they still exist, and still sell the MkV.
Cute idea, and probably okay for the home woodworker that didn't mind
spending half their time on setup. But a little light for any production
Harbor Freight usually has a pretty good selection of casters, but I
have never seen lifting casters there. I wonder if OP could adapt a
piano dolley to his requirements? Ask at nearest piano dealer- see if
they have a beat-up one they were planning to replace.
Rather than raising the table to engage the casters, I would suggest
mounting the casters on the bottom of the 4x6 posts so that the bench
can be moved at will.
When desiring to "defeat" the casters, engage appropriately designed &
These legs can be large diameter (1" or bigger) all thread mounted via
a coupling nut welded to a plate & mounted on the side of the table
Or they could be something as simple as a couple nuts counterbored &
pressed to a 4x4 that is in turn mounted to the side of the corner
posts with plywood splice plates.
To engage the casters just raise the threaded rods a bit above the
floor; to "fix" the table, drive the all thread down against the
Steel on concrete is a bit slippery......... crutch tips can help
How often do oyu need to move this table?
First, if this suggestion was used, the 4x6 legs may have to be cut to
make up for the additional height of casters. Maybe not a big deal,
but it could be if there are supports or brackets or other hardware in
Second, for a workbench of this size/weight, you're going to need some
decent sized casters. I'm not sure what size would be required, so
let's say 3", just for fun. Add in the height of the mounting hardware
and we're probably looking at 4" overall. So, now we loosen the all-
thread and drive it down to the floor enough so that the weight is off
of the casters.
Now we've got this massive workbench, orginally built with 4 x 6 legs,
actually supported by 4 inches of 1" all-thread at each post. Doesn't
that defeat the whole purpose of building a sturdy workbench?
As you said: "Steel on concrete is a bit slippery, crutch tips can
help eliminate that." so you are aware that all lateral forces will be
transmitting down to the legs.
Use swinging auxiliary legs:
Mount the casters on a board the width of the table. Mount the board to
the inside of the legs with a hinge at the top so that the casters
swing down to be one-half inch lower than the bottom of the legs. Swing
the board down and clamp it in place long enough to move the table,
then remove the clamps and swing the board back up.
I've never done this, but I've seen it in several plans. You can get
fancy and design the auxiliary legs so the automatically lock in both
positions, so you have ropes to pull, or so they swing into place if
you just lift the end of the table.
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