If its for table saw use, forget the single tube type roller. They tend to
'steer' the wood and make feeding difficult.
I have two of the Rockler ball bearing stands and they really work well.
They are extremely heavy duty. One of the nice tricks they don't
advertise - the shaft is tapered, so you can gradually loosen the lock screw
and it will slowly lower itself controllably by gravity. This makes height
adjustment very, very easy. The ball bearings provide a near frictionless
movement of wood in any direction. My last use was as outrigger supports
for my drill press. I drilled 36 dog holes in a work bench top. It was nice
to be able to balance a 100 lb maple slab on the roller stands and easily
move it around to position under the drill bit. The rotating feet really
work to make quick leveling adjustments, too.
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Often available on special, particularly if you are close to a retail
I have some from the Orange BORG, which are less than satisfactory. They
are seldom used in my shop.
Poor answer. Rollers are fine any certain circumstance where the feed bias
of the wood is taken into account. Roller balls are good where feed bias is
a concern. Roller balls have their problems though, such as when you're
cutting thin strips of wood unless you've got dozens of them spaced
extremely close together. That's a problem that rollers don't have.
Correct. I actually don't find rollers to be as bad as most people complain
about. I think most people just repeat what they've heard without having
experienced the matter themselves. It does take some attention to set up a
roller so that it doesn't skew a board, but it's not like you're getting out
the micrometer to set it up. I probably don't spend a minute setting mine
up. I'd like to have both bearing stands and roller stands, but I've just
never gone out and bought bearing stands. So, I make do with my rollers and
they just don't cause me that much trouble.
I have to agree with Mike. I bough a pair of rollers from the orange
BORG for around 17 dollars each. While far from the best thing on the
market they get the job done, for way less than some of the other
sollutions. That said when I add to my lonely pair I will most likely
go with a simple stable set of ball bearing supports.
One route I took was in addition to the roller table I bought, I also bought
a single roller stand. When crosscutting a long board, to the roller stand I
attach a strip of wood with 6 upside down swivel casters on it. Works the
same as roller balls with no feed bias except that the castors are cheaper
than roller balls.
I've used rollers for a few years and hated them. For the last 15 years I've
used just a simple board.
Those useless roller stands gave me tons of grief in the shop and in the
The LeeValley ball system also has a metal edge to support thin strips.
So it's not just the rollers themselves but the stands as well. Very limited
usefulness in my opinion. Unless of course you can set them up permenantly
in a big spacious shop. The slightest mis-alignment and the work piece
The edge of a 2x4, held by whatever means suits the job is flawless and only
I've been using the box the basement dehumidifier came in - so far, so good.
Next time they go on sale I might buy a spare and see how I like the boxes
with some weight in them.
Not if you've already got the castors on hand. I usually keep a few sets of
cheap castors around in case of an immediate need or if I want to make
something mobile. The roller balls on the other hand while certainly being
nicely made pieces of machinery, are mostly dedicated to one use only.
For those few times that might be a problem, you really don't need much of a
support. I've never encountered it. But if I did, I would just get some
quarter inch plywood and a brad gun and whip together a quickie box to put
on top of the roller balls and use that as my support stand.
My outfeed support is toped with a waxed piece of wood. Might notice a bit
of drag if handling a 150 pound piece but that doesn't happen often. Odd how
outfeed tables are fine but if its a stand, it has to have a roller.
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Good point, CW. I recently bought some 3S 8/4 maple at the local wood
monger's. I am always impressed when they run wood through those industrial
grade machines - the ones with the name I never hear of and painted that
indescribable pea soup green color. Despite the abundance of motor driven
feeders and big dust collectors and 3 phase horsepower, their outfeed stand
was a shop built all wood sawhorse affair with a well worn melamine surface
Being on a limited budget, I purchased the $4 rollers from Harbor
Freight and put them on home made stands. I most often use them when
ripping full sheets of plywood, admittedly not a common occurrence in
my tiny shop. But I find that the "steering" can easily be used to
advantage, just angle the rollers so that the plywood or whatever
tends to go where you want it to. In my case, slightly angling the
stands so the natural tendency of the plywood is to move towards the
fence can be helpful when ripping full sheets.
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