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Offline Drich

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80/20 mobile base
« on: October 16, 2016, 09:58 PM »
I need to get a mobile base for my new Powermatic band saw. I would like to build one for it. Has anyone every used the 80/20 material to make one? I have never used it before and was wondering if it would work well. It weights around 400#. Any in site would be great. Thanks

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: 80/20 mobile base
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2016, 10:37 PM »
I would get this and call it a day.

https://www.amazon.com/Portamate-PM-3500-Industrial-Strength-Universal-Heaviest/dp/B010HWCWOW/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1476671361&sr=8-8&keywords=Band+saw+Mobile+Base

I have made things of 8020 extensively. The size profile you need will larger than most good bases made of steel or steel/aluminum(normally the corners benefit being steel).  You are going to end up paying about the same as this, for something more cumbersome, probably not as good and definitely a whole lot more work.

This base here is overkill and should be a beauty for your machine. I wouldn't drop down to the next lower end unit from them though, for me the rating are over stated and anything 600 lbs plus really needs a base like this, not the PM 2500 version.

If you do go 8020 take a look at the 3030, it pretty solid., I just don't think anything smaller will be stiff enough:

https://8020.net/freetextsearch/search/result/?keyword=3030

Look here for how to build:

https://8020.net/university-assembly-tips
« Last Edit: October 16, 2016, 10:46 PM by Dovetail65 »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline Drich

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Re: 80/20 mobile base
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 09:12 PM »
That is a nice base. I may just order one. My honey do list is very long for the new house