I just got a Delta 28-206; a 14" closed base bandsaw.
I have a HTC mobil base for it; I think it is the HTC1000. The mobil base
consists of 4 corners with wheels, and angle iron to connect them together.
As long as I have a closed base bandsaw, it seems more elegant to bolt the
HTC corners directly to the bandsaw base. It will be some work to drill
holes in the saw base, but it will be a bit smaller and one less point of
Any problems with this approach that I am overlooking?
Wherever you might roll the tablesaw, will any of that surface be uneven in
any way? If not, considering the weight of the saw, I can't see a need for
bolting to the mobile base. Yes, it will be one less point of instability,
but considering the work needed to attach that mobile base, I wonder how
necessary it will be?
No, don't do it.. if you bolt it directly to the corners of the
bandsaw, you are now trying to get 4 points in the same plane by
eyeball (basically).. If you use the HTC base as directed, the angle
iron takes care of it for you.
Not to mention, should you ever sell the saw to upgrade or whatever,
it's likely the homemade "jerry rig" would be a turnoff to potential
Resist the urge to try and improve a product that has stood the test of
time when used as directed. You have nothing to gain by modding it. For
God's sake, follow directions! :)
Well, I didn't do it; partly for the reason you give, but also because I
would have had to deal with nuts that were in the way. I would have had to
drill more holes and use longer bolts to replace the ones that hold the
various things onto the corners. That seemed like going too far.
But now I have a sloppy fit; about 3/4" in both dimensions. Stick some wood
strips in to hold it in place?
The other poster's idea was good.. I have a HTC base on my jointer with
some "slop" in it.. but I didn't worry about it.. the weight of the
machine holds it in place when it's stationary. but yes, you could use
wood strips to shim it in tight if you'd like.
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