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Question Best casters for large router table for Incra LS

I will build my last router table shortly to accommodate Incra LS. Lots of storage, lots of weight. Looking at the choices available I got to wondering what others chose and how well they worked out. I like the Incra 3 wheel approach......is this the way to go.
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My only thought, Tom, if you need to manipulate the table in confined areas, is to use swiveling wheels on all locations, rather than two fixed and two swiveling.
Oh, and brakes on the front two.
The advantage of the three over four is that it'll always sit with all wheels touching the floor, rather than possibly having a slight wobble.
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I like 4 inch wheels on something like that. If there's room to maneuver, I prefer four wheels with two fixed on the rear, two swivels on the front. The swivels should have locsk on both the wheel turning AND to stop the swivel. Assuming the table is pretty wide (long), they can be affixed to the bottom corners. But on a narrow or small table, I always add some sort of wider base or outriggers to give a longer, wider base for stability when moving. 3 wheels will want to tip if you hit something on the floor, such as a cord or small bits of wood.

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My only thought, Tom, if you need to manipulate the table in confined areas, is to use swiveling wheels on all locations, rather than two fixed and two swiveling.
Oh, and brakes on the front two.
The advantage of the three over four is that it'll always sit with all wheels touching the floor, rather than possibly having a slight wobble.
I've tried 4 swiveling wheels and found it impossible to steer. I have a very heavy router table and went with two fixed and 2 swiveling and 2 had brakes but I can't remember which 2 without going out and looking. Casters are sold with a weight rating so as long as you are under that you should be fine (total weight/4). To keep from raising the table too high or losing on cabinet space I attached mine outside the cabinet on brackets.

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None of you checked out the incra 3 wheel set.

Its pretty good. The third wheel is foot pedal lift. push the pedal once and the wheel engages the ground to move the table about. Push the pedal again and the wheel lowers so that end of the table is on solid legs, with two solid nylon wheels at the far end.

i like it, and as long as the operator doesnt get lazy and keep the third wheel on the ground, its a rock solid system
https://www.incra.com/router_system_...wheelkits.html
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None of you checked out the incra 3 wheel set.

Its pretty good. The third wheel is foot pedal lift. push the pedal once and the wheel engages the ground to move the table about. Push the pedal again and the wheel lowers so that end of the table is on solid legs, with two solid nylon wheels at the far end.

i like it, and as long as the operator doesnt get lazy and keep the third wheel on the ground, its a rock solid system
https://www.incra.com/router_system_...wheelkits.html
I have that setup on my Laguna band saw and have to be extremely careful when moving it. It wants to tip over if the turn is too fast or too sharp. A 3 wheel setup of a four legged stand is inherently unstable. The router table is not as top heavy as a band saw, of course. However, if you REALLY want the 3 wheel setup, get it.

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No, I would not use 3 wheels on a bandsaw. Hell, I dont even use 4 wheels on a top heavy bandsaw. i leave mine alone. If I had to move it, i still wouldnt put wheels on it.
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You hadn't asked me this one Tom.

I use pinball game feet on many of my tools and tables. "The Pinball Resource" The Pinball Resource has them at a very reasonable price, Steve Young is the owner, and you can tell him that I sent you, but I doubt that it will get you a better price, They sell for less than $1 per foot the last time that I needed some. Steve and I were once partners, but my full time job moved me South and out of active participation in the amusement vending business.

These feet have a swivel metal base with a 3" threaded metal post and I believe that he offers two sizes of thread 3/8 or 5/16" in 2" or 3" length. You can use nuts or a T-nut in the bottom of your legs to attach them. To level the machine, just turn the foot and thread it up into or down out of the leg until your machine is level, then tighten a lock nut to lock that setting. The foot itself will swivel to sit on uneven surfaces or to allow the bolt part to thread into a leg that is not quite vertical.. I have some on a 400 lb machine and they support the machine with no trouble at all. I also have them on my scroll saw stands and my table saw out feed table. They resist sliding and moving, but they will allow the machine to slide around without digging into the floor, if you push hard enough. Look for "Leg2" and "Leg3" in his online parts catalog at the above linked website. This is what they look like. http://pbresource.com/hhouse/leg3.jpg Not casters, but in my opinion, better and cheaper than casters for a router table, scroll saw, shop table, etc, that doesn't need to move around much.


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I am a strong proponent of the four steerable wheel system. I have had both three wheel as well as two fixed/two steerable wheels and did not like them because of their lack of maneuverability. I am presently building the Incra router table system as presented by



but am using casters instead of the Incra three wheel system. There is a threaded insert in the bottom of the extruded aluminum channel used for the legs and the thread size limits your selection of casters but I was able to find some at my local industrial caster supply company. This will raise the height of the router table unless you shorten the legs. The increased height works ok for me so far.
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If you are convinced that only casters will do, I just received a set of 4 swivel casters from Amazon that seem to be way better than what I was expecting for the price. All 4 swivel and all 4 lock both the wheel and the swivel.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But I haven't actually put them to use yet. Just inspected them and said to myself WOW, these are great for that price.

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