Are roller stands acceptable for TS/RAS outfeed support? The Lee
Valley catalog says they can cause the work to be misdirected, and
they suggest ball bearing-topped supports instead (but those would
seem useless for supported a board on edge...). Opinions?
I have stands that have both balls and rollers. They work well but I agree
with the last post that a melamine backed board would probably work just as
well and maybe even better. And, you could build it yourself.
I had a set of ball bearing units from Grizzly seize from rust within the
Roller stands have worked well for me.
On the cheap I've made a set from an old white cutting board (very similar
to UHMW material)
cut and counter-screwed to the stands I built.
Bullnose the leading edge for easier "loading".
Lee Valley are correct, unless perfectly aligned there is a tendancy for the
roller to pull items off course.
1. Ball bearings are good for large and wide pieces, but a pain if feeding
long stock with a thin offcut.
2. As previously stated by others, melamine is acceptable although still has
some drag effect.
3. A roller type stand with UHMW plastic as the guide surface is better.
4. Triton manufactures such a stand as mentioned in item 3 above (I happen
to have two) and they are relatively inexpensive as they have multiple
purposes. They can also be used on uneven ground.
There was a recent article on stands in one of the WW mags, in it the
comments on the Triton were not very accurate, IMHO. I thought the author
lacked both imagination and experience with the product. Reading the manual
would have overcome some of his issues at least. Decide for yourself:
They'd be a little better than bearings, which have a tendency to get jammed
with dust and chips at my house.
How about a "lip and glide" setup with the leading edge a 3/8 UHMW strip,
then plastic glides? Best of both worlds.
If rollers, fix them to the machine, or fix them beyond a casual bump in the
proper relationship to the machine.
Yes the roller stands do have a tendency to steer the work but it is
easy to angle them so that this tendency is beneficial. When I'm
ripping plywood I use a roller stand and angle it so it helps keep the
sheet against the fence.
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