Hi everyone I have ordered a Jet 1446 wood lathe with the cast iron
legs. Does anyone know what the foot print size is? so that I can get
a mobile base that fits. I would like one that has a three point base
sense my shop floor is not all that level.
Lee - get on over to the woodturning newsgroup,
This is a pretty popular lathe so I'll be someone would run out to the
shop and measure. Just a comment, I am almost positive that they made
a three point base for the 1236, but none after that. Once again,
almost positive but not quite, I think they stopped making them
because they rocked on the point of the odd leg.
I am thinking that you should looking into the Jet mobile bases that
adjust in two directions and plan on using two sets for your lathe.
Make sure you get bases heavy enough to stand the weight if you bag it
down with sand or whatever you might use to add more weight.
You've had some replies so far that recommend you go to a Jet mobile
base. I'm not familar with the Jet, but I too am looking to put a
lathe on wheels and I plan to take a different approach. I have a
Rockwell 46-111 lathe (14 x 48) that I will build a stand for and
add the ability to move it around. Because I plan to add bags of
sand, wheeels are a must. I alos only plan to move the lathe for
cleaning or outboard turning, however my shop is small thus the need
for all castors to swivel.
I really don't like the locking castors. I guess I just have cheap
ones but they never seem to lock tight enough for me. With that in
mind, here is what I plan. I will use 4 swivel castors with rubber
wheels. I plan to set the lathe height on wheels about 1 inch lower
than working height. This really is dictated by how level the floor
is. I will then use 4 leveling feet (one near each wheel) to raise
the lathe off the casters. I have the levelers already (along with
the casters, a result of dumpster diving) but you could make them from
1/2" carriage bolts. In your case, I would think you could attach a
2x4 across each pair of legs and attach the castors and levelers.
Hay Bill Makes sense to me.. I have allot of ideas in mind also.
Jet does not make a mobile base to fit this lathe other than a
universal base. with that one you would have one of the rails right
where your feet would be while working. i have seen a few that have a
single bar that runs down the middle, thats what im looking for.
Guess i will have to make one myself.
rubber wheels. I plan to set the lathe height >on wheels about 1 inch lower
than working height. This >really is dictated by how level the floor
Hi Bill. I have seen that design in execution and it is great. The
design I saw was a like this |-----| with wheels on the
outriggers. The legs were drilled through on the feet and a large
bolt adjusting foot like these
Were installed. I am not sure, but I think one of my buddies got them
from McMaster Carr for one one of his projects.
and type in "adjustable feet" in the keyword box. You should go to
page 1308, and you can see a variety of heavy duty leveling feet, as
well as the dampening kind located at the top of the page.
I would also recommend steel wheels, as the heavy duty hard rubber
wheels I put under my huge old workstation corroded after about 10
years and they fell apart when I needed to move the workstation. Just
Thanks for you feed-back on my approach. The picture of the leveling
feet on the Grainger web page you sent are exactly like the ones I got
dumpster diving (gloat), so I'm all set.
I am familiar with McMaster since I use them often for work.
I made a mistake when I said I was using rubber wheels. Actually, I
have steel wheels with rubber tires.
I haven't built the lathe stand yet, but I've been looking at
different approaches. I like the idea of adding lots of weight with
sand bags. I think the loose sand (contained in bags) will absorb
some vibration if it occurs.
I intend to build my stand just after the Christmas holidays and I'll
post a picture (perhaps on ABPW) when it's done.
Bill... If you only need to move the lathe for cleaning, etc., I'd say skip the
I have the jet 1442VS with the cast iron legs and it's fairly heavy.
I might move it around every 2 months or so, which makes a mobile base a waste
of money, IMHO..
I bought a cheap set of "furniture mover" dollys from Harbor Freight, just 4
little plastic blocks with several wheels on them...
I just put a set next to each pair of legs on the lathe, stick a piece of 2x4"
under the stand and lever it up enough to kick the rollers in.. repeat on the
other end and you can roll the lathe out of the way... reverse process to put it
back and take it off the wheels..
For a reference to effort involved.. I'm 61, have a back problem and don't do
anything that might make it worse..
Works for me and cost about $10.. YMWV
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Thanks for your suggestion of using the moving dollys. It makes a lot
I'm still going to go with the leveling feet and casters. I have a
somewhat uneven cement floor and I really like the solid feel of using
the leveling feet instead of having to shim to stop any rocking that
I have seen the "wheel corrosion problem" myself, therefore I like the
thought that the wheels will seldom be in contact with the floor. It
will also prevent the rubber wheel tires from getting a "set".
Another approach is to find an old Shopsmith and use their lift system... mines
been going since '81 and never had a problem with it..
Step on it once to lift a bit, once more for higher, third time to drop it...
I guess you'd still need leveling legs, but they came with my Jet 1442..
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