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I have a Ridgid 14" bandsaw and am tired of moving it around by dragging it on its rubber feet across my concrete floor. I am thinking about making a 2 x 4 base frame and putting 2 fixed and 2 locking casters on the bottom. Would this make it more or less stable during use? Any opinions? Thanks.
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That depends on several things, Todd. Weight of your bandsaw and type of base you choose to build. I have a table saw made by Hitachi, which has wheels that can be "down" for rolling and then "up" for sawing. Numerous commercially made units are available, but it can be easily enough made in your shop. You want 4- sturdy wheels mounted to the base via a swinging mechanism that will lower the wheels for rolling and raise the wheels upward to be non-supportive of your band saw. Good luck! OPG3
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what OPG3 said, sound advice
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My band saw is on a frame with casters. I made mine from angle iron that the base of the band saw fits in. The wheels are mounted to 4 outrigger angle pieces this keeps the tool center of gravity close to the ground. I use locking casters & machines don't move while in use. One is a band saw The other is a drill press.
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I put my bandsaw on a wooden frame with coasters as you propose. It is very steady but I find it's a bit too high now. Not a huge problem but I would prefer the original height. The casters that drop are a good idea.
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I have had my 12 in. delta band saw on casters for years now without any problems.
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My router table,drill press and shopvac/dust deputy are made on some type of base with locking casters as this is needed due to room in shop.....

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I have a Ridgid 14" bandsaw and am tired of moving it around by dragging it on its rubber feet across my concrete floor. I am thinking about making a 2 x 4 base frame and putting 2 fixed and 2 locking casters on the bottom. Would this make it more or less stable during use? Any opinions? Thanks.
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I would suggest locking wheels on all 4. I have my router table on wheels and I have locks on all. I also will upgrade to metal bracket shop wheels in the near future as the plastic ones I have are not solid enough.

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The Harbor Freight mobile base gets good reviews, just supply the wood.

300 Lb. Capacity Mobile Base

A HTC base came with my jointer, it's done very well and couldn't be simpler to work with.

http://www.amazon.com/HTC-HTC2000-Un.../dp/B00002262M

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I have a Delta 50-941 mobile base on my drill press and it works well (the tool is just a fraction of an inch higher off the ground than it would be without the mobile base) although the lifter lever hangs out a bit in front.

http://www.amazon.com/DELTA-50-345-U.../dp/B0000223CL
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