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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Festool Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: Toller on December 30, 2018, 10:40 AM

Title: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: Toller on December 30, 2018, 10:40 AM
I have read past posts, but I guess my needs are different.
I figured I had all the tools I would ever have and set my shop up (with DC plumbing) accordingly; rearranging would be a pain.  But then Ebay has 15% off and I couldn't resist a MFT/3.  But I have no place to permanently put it, and would like to have it on casters.

It is now 1" too high to act as an outfeed table for my Sawstop.  Putting casters on and lowering it an 1" would require cutting 4.5" off the legs.  The casters i have are very stable when locked, and I picked up a pair a stabilizers (also 15% off); so I don't think rigidity will be a problem, and don't expect to ever use it out of the shop.

So, what do you think of cutting the legs off, and are there alternatives i haven't thought of?
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: rst on December 30, 2018, 10:48 AM
I cutoff the legs of my MFT to match my table saw and router table heights.  I stead of adding casters to each leg I went another route.  I clamped angle to two of the end legs and mounted DeStaco push clamps with casters screwed into the clamps.  I extend the clamps and I lift the opposite end to wheel it around.
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Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: DeformedTree on December 30, 2018, 10:52 AM
I wouldn't go cutting the legs, I'd un-bolt them and bolt a new leg system on to it, maybe a base with shelf and such.   Then you can always put it back the way it was, or sell the legs to someone who might want to gain 2 adjustable legs or damaged theirs.
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: Peter Halle on December 30, 2018, 12:41 PM
This situation has been around since the beginning of the forum.  Many have built cabinets on casters and then placed their folded up MFT's on top.  Some have modified the legs.

I have always wondered if anyone has designed a caster system that used the bottom horizontal bracing.  I had thought about playing with that but I have once again become one who primarily works out of a van and can't afford that space waste.

Peter
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: Toller on December 30, 2018, 01:17 PM
Building a cart was certainly the way to go, had I known of it before buying the stabilizers.  Now though, I feel compelled to use them.
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: multiblades on December 31, 2018, 12:08 AM
This situation has been around since the beginning of the forum.  Many have built cabinets on casters and then placed their folded up MFT's on top.  Some have modified the legs.

I have always wondered if anyone has designed a caster system that used the bottom horizontal bracing.  I had thought about playing with that but I have once again become one who primarily works out of a van and can't afford that space waste.

Peter

How about something like this: http://www.multiblades.com/wheels.html
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: box185 on December 31, 2018, 10:10 AM
How about something like this: http://www.multiblades.com/wheels.html

I like this solution . . . clever and simple.
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: TinyShop on December 31, 2018, 11:48 AM
This situation has been around since the beginning of the forum.  Many have built cabinets on casters and then placed their folded up MFT's on top.  Some have modified the legs.

I have always wondered if anyone has designed a caster system that used the bottom horizontal bracing.  I had thought about playing with that but I have once again become one who primarily works out of a van and can't afford that space waste.

Peter

How about something like this: http://www.multiblades.com/wheels.html

Will the casters prevent the legs from folding properly?
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: box185 on December 31, 2018, 12:53 PM
Will the casters prevent the legs from folding properly?

Not according to the video on the website - 5:10 near the end.
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: TinyShop on December 31, 2018, 03:25 PM
Oh yes, I glossed over that part of the video. Thanks!
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: travisj on December 31, 2018, 05:57 PM
I went the cabinet route.  It made the MFT more stable and gave me better organizational options underneath it.  The legs are hanging with some saw horses if I ever need to make the MFT mobile again. For the most part, every version of an MFT cabinet I have seen is about the same.  I have a small shop, I made every work surface (MFT, Sjoberg’s bench, & outfeed/workbench) the height of my table saw.  That way any surface can be a support for any other surface when needed.  I am looking at replacing my miter saw at which point I will rebuild it’s cabinet to those dimensions as well.


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Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: Toller on December 31, 2018, 09:18 PM
Digesting everything...  I will attach some casters to the legs as in the video.  If that seems satisfactory, I will do something permanent.  $48 for his casters doesn't seem all that bad for something nice.
The video attaches them along the long side; I need to do it on the short side to squeeze through my tools.  Do you think that will be a major problem? Looking at it more carefully, I guess it would tend to collapse on the short side.  Would the stabilizers prevent that?

If that doesn't work well, i will take the legs off and build a cart.

In the latter case I won't need the stabilizers I bought that haven't even arrived yet.  But I can return them as long as I pay postage. Maybe they will be defective and the seller will have to pay postage.  Unlikely, but I can hope. [unsure]

I appreciate everyone's help; just wish I had asked a week earlier.
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters?
Post by: Toller on January 05, 2019, 04:01 PM
I've done decided to build a.  cart. But the bolts don't come off the legs. If I force them does it damage anything?
Title: Re: MFT/3 on casters? Solution?
Post by: Toller on January 08, 2019, 02:01 PM
I made these.  They would work well on concrete, but are really marginal on the floor pads.  But they were cheap and easy, and will work for the few times I have to move it.  Yeah, one bolt is missing; one of the 8 I bought was a half inch too short.   [sad]

I would like it an inch shorter though to act as an outfeed table.  Maybe European tools are an inch higher.