Adjustable Mobile Base
Mobility is the quintessential tight shop solution, but it can be equally valuable in larger workshops. Repositioning machinery improves workflow and, in some cases, creates extra assembly space for large projects. While the WoodRiver® Adjustable Mobile Base will not make your shop...
Mobility is the quintessential tight shop solution, but it can be equally valuable in larger workshops. Repositioning machinery improves workflow and, in some cases, creates extra assembly space for large projects. While the WoodRiver® Adjustable Mobile Base will not make your shop bigger, it will make it easier to move your tools, enabling you to get the most out of your existing space. Simply step on the foot-activated metal cam levers, roll your tool into position then lower the tool to rest firmly on the adjustable rubber leveling feet.
- Adjustable base makes it easier to move your tools and maximize your shop space
- Stable 4-wheel design
- All steel construction
- Frame adjusts in 1" increments to easily expand from 12" to 50"
- Foot-activated metal cam levers
- Weight Capacity: 400 lb.
- Minimum Dimensions: 12" x 12"
- Maximum Dimensions (Square): 34" x 34"
- Maximum Dimensions (Rectangle): 18" x 50"
- (1) WoodRiver® Adjustable Mobile Base
- Buying Tip: Buying an adjustable heavier duty base makes sense if there is a chance that you might switch to a different machine, or if you are planning future upgrades.
Articles & Blogs
Few of us ever admit to having “enough” tools and machinery, but sooner or later, we realize that it’s possible to own one too many. Finding parking spots for those most-needed machines, benches, stands, and materials in a crowded garage or basement can take the thrill out of making sawdust.
asked woodworker Dave Clarke, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, to take a look at an article Woodcraft
Magazine published in Issue 44 by Pete Stephano – “The Wheelchair
Woodworker Shop” – to see if he felt that the recommendations were still
relevant and if he had any other advice for folks wanting to set up a workshop
with modifications. Read more here...
Mobility is the quintessential tight shop solution, but it can be equally valuable in larger workshops.
Good base for midsized machines
I bought this on sale for $60. At this price I'd say it's an excellent deal. Instructions are fine - just look at the diagram. If you have issues assembling this base then I'd recommend a different hobby. I've yet to find a budget woodworking machine/item with great instructions. I used this for my RIDGID jointer ( 250 lbs ). Mobility is great, I'm able to move the jointer around my small shop without issue. I would not recommend this for heavier machines like a table saw.
Haven't used it much yet but it seems to work OK. A little flimsy.
Nice base, great price
Good strong stand at a great price,assembles easly, the two things I would add. First, use softer wheels to provide better grip and install adjustable rubber resting pads at the rear for more secure positioning
These are great!
I bought one of these for my 14" band saw and was pleased by the mobility and stability. It is thoughtfully designed and made using stout materials. It doesn't have a flamboyant paint job and there are no unnecessary gew-gaws to inflate the price. It is simple, strong and reliable. I liked it so much, I bought another for my planer. It underprices the competion, whose competitively priced model requires you to build your own stretchers out your own stock of 5/4 hardwood. Screw that. This model is solid steel, rugged and built to last, just what you want for a foot operated workhorse that hauls around your precious heavy machinery.
This base was easy to assemble. Yes the instructions aren't a step=by=step on an iPad, but there are on;y a few sized fastners, and the second one went togther in less than 20 min. Great product!
Does the job; a few caveats
As others have said, the "instructions" that come with this are inadequate. I recommend a dry-run assembly, with everything only loosely assembled, to make sure you know which bolts go where before you tighten everything down. Do NOT yet connect the four quarters to each other yet. Note their suggestion that for narrow tools like drill presses you may want the front wheels in an "outrigger" position for slightly better stability, rather than in front. When you're ready, tighten down the bolts in each of the four quarters except for the ones that hold the arms. Now take an adjacent pair, place them next to the cabinet/table/whatever that you're mobilizing, and use it to determine how much the arms will overlap. Note that you will want more than a one-hole overlap (I'd recommend at least three); you may need to move the arms out a space or two on the corner pieces to get the needed reach. Repeat for the other dimension. Tighten down all the bolts in each corner. If there will be open space in the middle (ie, if the thing you're putting these wheels under has legs), I would suggest you consider assembling the mobile base as two halves rather than completely assembling it now. In my case, that meant assembling the front and the back. I was able to slightly lift the table and slip each of these half-bases underneath, then bring the side arms together and join them to complete the cart. That was MUCH easier than dismantling the ancient drill press, or trying to levitate it to slip all four corners under at once. Check the arm overlap as you do these two stages. You may decide you want to bring the dimensions in a notch, or open it up a bit; the dimensions at the floor may not be exactly what you expected, and/or the rounding over of the arms or position of the bolts may force a reconsideration. The holes are 1" apart, and are elongated so you can do some limited fine-tuning. Make sure the bolts that join the arms are tight (you DID already get all the others, right?) and you're ready to roll. BE AWARE that this is only as stable as the object it's carrying. A bench drill press on a stand can be a tall object with all its weight at the top; move it slowly and carefully to keep it from turning into a dangerous inverted pendulum. Moreover, a stand which is adequate when stationary may flex more than you expect when being moved; it may need additional bracing, or you may want to find another stand. And DO seriously consider bolting the tool down to the stand if you haven't already done so, again for safety's sake. And remember that this will add a bit of height; you may find you want to adjust for that too. Having said all that: It certainly does work. The old Craftsman drill press, which was a difficult two-man lift unless you broke it down into components, can now be moved around the shop relatively easily. The whole seems quite stable when the wheels are lifted and it's resting on the rubber feet. If you get it on sale, as I did, and if you're using it in a home shop, this is definitely worth the cost. I haven't played enough with any of the others so I hesitate to say more than that. Single most desired improvement remains the instructions. I'd recommend Woodcraft add a sheet of your own, if you continue selling this product. Feel free to borrow some or all of my comments above for that purpose.
Mobile base for a file cabinet
We are using this mobile base for a 4-drawer file cabinet. Easy to put together and seems very stable. However,I had to drop a 1-inch plywood sheet into the platform so the bottom drawer could clear the actuator cam levers.
Too much whiz and not enough bang
I use the lift very rarely to move my 14" band saw. Usually the saw was in a stored position and I had to move it out about 12 inches over a concerete floor to use. The lift mechanism was totally inadequate for the weight of my saw. Great concept but needs to go back for some re-enginering.
Finally, big enough for my radial saw
Easy to put together and quickly installed under my old radial arm saw. Easy to move around in a small shop.
Great for a space constrained work shop
Easy to put together, and I bought 2
wobbly with bandsaw, ok 4 other machines
I bought this for use with my Jet 14" Deluxe Pro Bandsaw. The stand was easy to assemble on a flat surface and the directions were OK. However, the outriggers on the band saw must sit on the base as well, rather than fit under and there is no support in the center. This makes the saw wobbly, so I have to wedge pieces of wood under it to make it sturdy in use. Also, the aluminum cams are not strong enough to use to lift the castors on their own. I have to use a wrecking bar under the stand frame to lift first, then I can operate the cam levers without breaking them. This design also tips the bandsaw almost scarily until both castors are in position. I CAN say that it DOES work as I am able to move the bandsaw around. I do not recommend for bandsaws, probably great for other machines. This stand is exactly the same as the Port-A-Mate Adjustable Mobile Base PM-1000 (Item #150782); so why it's $10 more, I don't know.
May not be enough stand for my saw.
Got this stand as a birthday gift to use under my grandfathers 1938 tilt table Delta contractors saw which also has a jointer mounted on the same table. The legs on the stand are approx 21"x 35". Odd size but the saw is 73 years old. Found that there was no combination of side pieces that when assembled would fit this saw table. Consulted the assembly instructions and found no help there. Bought a 36" length of 1 1/2" channel, drilled some holes and made a side piece. Back to the assembly instructions. Did I mention how bad the assembly instructions are? Fortunately assembly is pretty intuitive. After the holes were drilled in the channel, it only took about 20 min. to assemble. Using two floor jacks, a 1 x 4 and my son we got the saw on the stand. My first attempt to lower the casters resulted in two bent aluminum cam levers. I found that the only way to lower the casters was to lift one corner of the saw by hand and then operate the cam lever. Repeat for the other corner. Once the casters are down, the saw is easily moved and seems to work well. Raising the casters is not a problem since I have gravity working for me. This saw/jointer combo may be pushing the stand's capacity limits. This stand would no doubt work well with a smaller lighter tool.
Bought one of theses to try out and was a bit disappointing. The stand tilts the tool when it is being used to move it due to casters picking up the base. This could be a real issue for taller tools.The cam levers pick up one side of the tool at a time further causing some concern on a tip over.Also the cam levers are aluminum and do not feel very substantial considering they are picking up whatever tool is mounted to the base one at a time.Adjustable "feet" on one end are provided for leveling purposes and were a nice touch and would have been nice on both ends rather than one. Once mounted to my Powermatic 12" disc / belt sander combo it feels sturdy at rest but I do have a real concern that it may not hold up if used to move it too often due to the cams used to lift the casters into play.Time will tell. Assembly was not to difficult but there are a lot of nuts and bolts. Be sure to assemble it on a flat surface with attention to it being "flat" on the upper side so as not to cause "sag" in the frame and check to make sure it is square. Directions inform you to make it 1" bigger than the tool base but I found this to be untrue.
Works for me as advertised.
The assembly instructions were not totally accurate. The nuts for the 1/4" bolts required a metric wrench. This was not noted in the 'tools required' section. This caused a minor irritation during assembly. The four corners could be bolted directly to the bottom of the legs on my stand. I did not have to used the perforated side straps. This made for easier assembly and a more sturdy setup.
I'm looking to buy one more!
I have been doing wood work for years and got tied of moving equipment and scratching the floor. I put one under a 150# cast iron bandsaw and moved the saw over a concrete floor with no problem. I will be getting one more for my floor standing drill press. The only con, it took three hands to assemble. Best to assemble on the floor or flat surface.
Roll your stand tools, don't drag them!!
I easily assembled this Mobile Base in my kitchen. When I took it into the garage to install on my table saw, there was no way to attach it to the base of the saw. The table saw just sets on top of the Mobile Base. If I would have to pick the saw, to move it up a step or over a threshold, it will separate from the Mobil Base. Then I would have to lift and re-position the table saw onto it. Other than that minor point, I am very happy with this product. It is very easy to use and the front wheels lift up when you want to use the saw.
Works great w/buffer stand
I am able to move buffer around shop easly.
Fantastic Mobile Base!
This product is great - especially for the price. I bought one for my table saw a couple of years ago. Now that I have built a new shop, I bought another for a cabinet that I will make for my planer and jointer. I love the adjustable sizes for the frame, the durability, and the ease of use of this product. I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a mobile base for their tools.
Not as advertised
The Woodcraft techs said it would fit my Porter Cable band saw. WRONG!! You have to cut the base pieces for width and also cut your base storage door on the bottom all the way into the lower hinge to open it. Fortunately I also needed a mobile base for one of my table saws. After again cutting the width and redrilling some sizing holes it works well on the craftsman table saw.
Huge improvement in machine usefulness
This mobile base is in use under my planer table, and makes the planer infinitely more useful. While the instructions could have been clearer, it came together well in the end. I had initial reservations about it's performance, but it is living up to it's description.
Moves Heavy Equipment Easily
Use this base to move heavy material. Moves my jointer easily. Foot levers are a bit stiff and require a great amount of pressure to lift machine. Overall good value for the money, especially on sale.
Suprising in a good way
easy to assemble....plenty of nuts and bolts to make the connections strong...quickly changes from stationary to mobile....good stuff!
I would buy this product again
This has made my shop mobile with better use of limited space. Very good product.
well worth the money for my saw.
this is my second one.
I really like it.
I bought the first one to put under my really old Craftsman Bandsaw. I liked it so much I bought another for my equally old Craftsman drill press. It really helps out in my small home shop. The only thing I'd change is to someway make it so it would fit odd shapped machine bases. My old drill press base is slightly "keystone" shaped. I put a piece of 1/2 inch plywood in the bottom of the mobil base for the drill press to set on. Other than this minor nit pick I think it's a great product.
Odor from this item is bad!
The first one I received was so smelly that I had to return it for a replacement. The second one smells too, but not quite as bad. Co-workers say it was bad paint. Not sure if I can put up with this piece of equipment and the odor it puts out.
Solid Base Moves Easily
Mobile base like most out there. Easy to setup for any machine (using it under belt/disc sander) and moves around easily. Would buy another if needed.
Great value for the money.
It's the BOMB! Good strength in the corners where the load will be but with lightweight members between them to reduce mass of the overall unit. Good finish. No superfluous luxuries to go awry in the function. Robust!
"Tools need to be mobile"
In my shop where floor space is at a mininal, I needed a mobile stand for my 14" bandsaw to store it against a wall. This base was just what I was looking for, its lightweight and strong. The only thing about it I didnt like was the aluminum cam locks, I guess time will tell how long they last. My saws weight is only 200 pounds and it lifted and rolled easy and the price was good.
"I would buy this product again! :)
it makes it easy to move equipment around in a small shop
This package smelled so bad, I had to remove the metal parts and place it outside. Both the packaging and the metal smelled terribly. I have had it for several weeks and hope to assemble it this week. I darn near sent it back to you for a replacement, but feared that the replacement would also smell. The smell may be created via a bad batch of paint that was used. You should check up on the stock you have on hand to see if it is all smelly.
Good value equipment base
Overall a pretty good mobile base. I used this under an older contractor saw with cast iron top, probably around 250-300 lbs. Easy to maneuver on a typical garage floor and nice and no loss of stability when using the saw.
Just What I Needed
Great Product. Got two of these, one for my bandsaw and one for my jointer. they are easy to setup, sturdy and have already saved me headaches in helping me free up needed shop space. My shop is small so every little helps. Also got them on sale. Great deal. No regrets.
Put the mobile base under a 14" bandsaw but have not had a chance to use it much. Moves the heavy bandsaw easily and seems well built. I think it is going to work well for me in my cramped garage.
If it sounds like it's too good to be true...a [$] mobile base on sale for [$]., it is literally not true. The instructions booklet is microscopic...too small to be read. I put a 257 lb. band saw on this base, rated at 300 lbs.. Idoubt seriously that it will hold up. The base is flimsy at best. I should have spent another $15-$20, and got a much higher quality mobile base.Every time I move this band saw on that base, I'll worry that it will fail, and the saw will fall over. Not Woodcraft's fault...it was mine for looking for a cheap mobile base. Cheap is the best word for this product. Do not wasteyour money on a Wood River # WR1500 mobile base. You'll be sorry.
I would buy again!
This mobile base works great for my Hybrid Jet table saw!
It seams to handle my router table just fine. When I received it one of the spot welds for the wheel assy. was broken but woodcraft sent a new assembly with no hassle.
Quality control needs improvement
I plan to use this mobile base for a 14" band saw. Unfortunately, the kit was missing the nuts that hold the casters on and the brackets that hold the casters seemed to have missed a manufacturing step. I had to give them a good squeeze in my vice before they would fit and function properly. I am waiting for the missing parts. It appears that the mobile base will be satisfactory once I can complete assembling it.
Wished I owned it years ago!
My table saw would not sit level and was extremely difficult to move. Since I do not have a shop, I have to move it to use it in my garage. This has made it extremely easy to move around and it will sit level no matter where I place it.
He aint heavy
Installed on a 14" band saw. The saw is now easily moved. I hope to figure a way to attach it to the base more securely. It tends to move out of placement some as I shift the weight to operate the lifts.
The base is the foundation
Substantial base to be used for my bandsaw . . .just not there yet.
I would buy this product again
The mobile base is easy to assemble to the desired size. It appears to be strong enough to support the rated weight. The shim on the wheel bolts was not long enough to take out all of the excess room, I added an additional washer on the other side of the wheel. The only concern I have is with a heavy machine within the mobile bases weight range, the lifting levers are going to be difficult to push.
When they say expands from 12" to 50", they don't mean each side can have any length in between 12" and 50". You get eight side extenders -- 4 are about 12" long, the other four are about 24" long. The four corner pieces add another few inches. If you use a short-long on each side, your max is about 38 by 38. If you use two longs on two sides, your width is about 50" ... but that leaves you with the short pieces for the remaining sides. I made it a max square and my radial arm saw just barely fit on it. That's okay -- it means it fit! That aside, the assembly was easy, all pieces were there, the instructions were okay (not great, but you could figure them out). The base works great -- I especially like the ease of raising the two front wheels and letting the base sit on stationary pads. Price is very good -- a good value.
A Good Mobile Base that Could Be Better
I use this base to support and move about 80 pounds. It works very well for that. It's a smooth moving base and it feels strong and solid. I bought it especially for the cam levers that lift and lower the frame. Unfortunately, the cam levers are pretty cheap and they're a pain to engage. Not handy at all. That's a serious detraction about this product.
I wouldn't buy another one.
I put it on a 300# bandsaw. It was rated to 400#, but way too light for a 400# tool. I believe the aluminum cams would break if you tried to lift the saw. Shouldn't be rated for more than 150#. Go back to the drawing board!
Would use more of these
Using one base for my router table and one for my combo belt/disk sander. Very easy to move around.
Woodriver Adjustable Mobile Base
Excellent addition to the shop, all four of them allow me to tuck my table saw, band saw, planer, and jointer against the wall while not is use. Awesome!
I will buy another one
I recently moved and had to downsize my shop to a Garage. I make furniture so I have a lot of different saws, so I bought one of Wood River Mobile bases for my Band saw and it works fine. I plan to purchase another one for my Radial arm saw, so that I can use one saw at a time in the center and keep the rest along the outside wall.
I use five of these in my small shop and couldn't get along without them.
Economically Priced, Does the Job
A great mobile base for shop tools that are not extremely heavy.
I now have two of these
Very adjustable,fits all saw bases,easy to assemble
JUST WHAT I NEEDED
THE MOBILE BASE IS WELL DESIGNED, DURABLE AND ABLE TO FIT A NUMBER OF TOOL STANDS.THE ONLY NEG POSSIBILITY IS THE WHEELS LOCKING HANDLES,WHICH ARE MADE OF ALUM. I HAVE HAD EXPERIENCED THE BREAKING OF THE HANDLES ON OTHER SUCH DEVICES. HOPE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN ON THIS MOBILE BASE
Not So Good ...
I used it as a base for a planer cabinet. The levers to lift unit onto the wheels seem flimsy and are difficult to use, compared to the Universal Mobile Base Hardware.
They work great
This is the second one I've purchased. Now there is one under my bandsaw and my router table/cabinet.
Great base for the price
Initial assembly was confusing. Instructions could use more illustrations. After all was said and done, my bandsaw has never been happier. I do plan getting a couple more of these.
Needs 4 swivel castors
Too much equipment, too little space! These mobile bases let me maximise my working space. I now have 4 of them. It would be nice to have swivel castors on all 4 corners. This would save a lot of shunting back and forth to maneuver machines.
I bought this product and buying again
I have one of these under my bandsaw and am buying a second for the router table I built.
Although this is cheaper than the others, the casters are very cheesy. One swivel caster wheel on mine bent all up under normal use under a Dewalt planer (just the small planer which should not be too heavy for this base.) I would rather have bought the beefier base and saved much aggrivation trying to push this around the shop. Now I have to try to find replacement wheels. Fun (not).
Haven't found anything better
I have a small shop and too much equipment. This product allows me to stack my machines against the walls and pull out the one I want to work with. The fixed wheels make positioning each machine an exercise in planning!
In garage to create more room in limited space. Allows me to set up & use with minimum effort. Wish I knew of it years ago!