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Offline suds

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Retractable casters/wheels
« on: April 19, 2009, 08:46 AM »
Anyone know of a way to attach retractable casters to the MFT, or are there any retractable casters that already exist that could be bolted on.  I thought I saw somewhere a set that fits on legs of a bench. ???
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Offline Allen Akin

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 05:47 PM »
I've been thinking about getting a set of these leveling casters.  Overkill for most MFT applications, but if they look good, I can use them on some heftier machinery and my old-style workbench.

Allen

Offline wnagle

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 05:51 PM »
Would be nice to make my MFT moer mobile but I don't see how would they would attach to the legs of the MFT.  Whats your idea?
Wayne

 

TS 55, CT 33 x2, ROTEX 150, RO 90, DOMINO 500Q SET, TRION PS 300, OF 1400, MFT/3, ETS 150/3, KAPEX KS 120, DOMINO XL.

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 08:14 PM »
i have these. i got them from woodcraft. nice, but i use them on my workbench, which i do not move all that much.i do not think i would use them on something portable, like mft.

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 08:57 PM »
The ones you got from Woodcraft, are they the Lveling Casters in the link here?  If so how do they work?  I want to be able to deploy them and then be able to have it sit on it's regular base.
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Offline tallgrass

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 03:11 AM »
yup and they work well. they are leveling. my only complaint is that the wheels ae a little small so you need to not use them on rough surfaces. they do work well for their intended purpose. they were about 100 for 4.

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009, 09:03 AM »
How did you attach if used on MFT?
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Offline MarkF

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009, 11:09 AM »
I would attach the MFT to a rolling cabinet with big locking casters like others here have done. 

Although they are great for large equipment like big bandsaws, the Zambus style leveling casters are not intended for frequent mobility.  They're actually a pain to adjust.  http://www.greatlakescaster.com/great_lakes_caster___swivel_caster_with_stabilizer_leg___175_stabilizing_casters_with_a_220lbs_capacity_in_motion_and_a_550lbs_capacity_when_the_stabilizer_leg_in_extended-LV-1710-NYP-S-M12.php  is another option.  A few folks in my area have had great service from them.

Offline Allen Akin

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2009, 07:11 PM »
Wayne, I don't have a mounting strategy in mind yet.  Originally I was looking at these casters for my combination machine, a more traditional use for this sort of thing and one where you'd just drop a bolt through a hole in the chassis and thread it into the caster.  It occurred to me that they might be useful on my MFT as well, since I sometimes want to move it short distances with a workpiece and accessories in place, but most of the time it needs to be fixed on the floor.

Mark mentioned that they're tedious to adjust.  That's true, and if I were to use them on an MFT, I wouldn't bother using them for levelling; they'd just be locked or loose, not fine-adjusted for height.  I have smooth concrete floors in my shop, so the small range of adjustment and small-diameter wheels are fine.

Allen

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2009, 07:37 PM »
I used these Benchdog casters from Woodcraft on a cabinet that I put an MFT onto (no legs).



Here is the story:   http://www.woodshopdemos.com/fes-cab-1.htm


I had plans to make height adjustments from the top but never got to that part.
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Offline wnagle

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2009, 09:20 PM »
I leave my MFT set up but have a rolling table the just fits under the MFT which leaves me room to park my car.  I'd like to be able to just roll them out to the floor when ready to use.  I need to come up with something on the MFT that would let me lift one side and roll it out without interfering with the table that I store underneath.  Maybe just two wheels mounted on the back legs of the MFT that would engage the floor when the front is lifted.  maybe the benchdo wheels would work if mounted right.
Wayne

 

TS 55, CT 33 x2, ROTEX 150, RO 90, DOMINO 500Q SET, TRION PS 300, OF 1400, MFT/3, ETS 150/3, KAPEX KS 120, DOMINO XL.

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2009, 12:24 AM »
Found some more at Woodcraft.  Item number is 141550.  Looks like what I'm looking for to mount to the legs of the 1080.  http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=141550&FamilyID=3703
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Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2009, 09:30 AM »
Picked these up at the local Woodcraft store.  Gonna have to do a little modification but I think they will work.  Nicely made and stout.  Maybe overkil for the light MFT 1080 but will certainly do the job.  I'm going to try them on two legs for each table.  4 retractable casters for 44.95. 
MFT's, Kapex, TS 55, Vac, 150 Rotrex, 300 Trion, Domino

Offline wnagle

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2009, 09:39 AM »
Suds,

I looked at those yesterday at woodcraft but didn't pick them up.  Let me know how the work.  They may be the ticket for me since I want to leave the underside unrestricted.
Wayne

 

TS 55, CT 33 x2, ROTEX 150, RO 90, DOMINO 500Q SET, TRION PS 300, OF 1400, MFT/3, ETS 150/3, KAPEX KS 120, DOMINO XL.

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2009, 08:22 AM »
The bracket that attaches to whatever you're attaching to is removable.  There are three bolts attaching it to the main part of the caster assembly.  I plan on just unbolting that bracket and drilling three holes in the legs of the MFT and attaching with longer bolts through the legs and on to the assembly.  I'll let you know how it all works out.  The up/down mechanism is very well built and certainly stout enough for the light weight of the MFT.
MFT's, Kapex, TS 55, Vac, 150 Rotrex, 300 Trion, Domino

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2009, 09:30 PM »
Got the brackets attached with 4" hose clamps I purchased from Woodcraft.  These hose clamps work much better than ones I had from ACE because the thread holes on the clamp go much further along the clamp, which allows a much tighter fit.  Simply put a 3/8 socket on my Makita 10.8 and cinched down the bracket with two clamps.  Works very slick and makes moving these benches a breeze. ;D
MFT's, Kapex, TS 55, Vac, 150 Rotrex, 300 Trion, Domino

Offline wnagle

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2009, 09:32 PM »
suds,

did you put them on the MFT?  Any pics?
Wayne

 

TS 55, CT 33 x2, ROTEX 150, RO 90, DOMINO 500Q SET, TRION PS 300, OF 1400, MFT/3, ETS 150/3, KAPEX KS 120, DOMINO XL.

Offline suds

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2009, 01:11 AM »
If you take a look at the casters, they are mated with the angular bracket that attaches to the leg of a table saw.  I simply unbolted this bracket from the caster assembly and aligned the assembly with the MFT leg and attached two 4" hose clamps around the leg and the assembly.  I used my 10.8 v Makita with a 3/8 socket to tighten the clamps and within a short period of time it was working like it had been designed specifically for the MFT.  I wasted a lot of time going to ACE to get a smaller hose clamp, but the 4" clamps I had from Woodcraft worked much better because the "threads" on the clamp go almost all the way around the clamp and allow for a much tighter fit than the smaller ones from ACE.
I'll try and see if I can attach some pictures but I have to admit that I'm as challenged with computer/programs as I am with woodworking.
MFT's, Kapex, TS 55, Vac, 150 Rotrex, 300 Trion, Domino

Offline John1234

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2009, 04:38 PM »
We have developed a industrial retractable caster system that is foot activated. It is rated at 800lbs. We weld it onto the unit we build, but it could be bolted to a workbench or other movable equipment. The current design is 22" wide. I am not sure if there is any interest for this outside of our products, which are machines and racks for a number of industries.

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Offline BuCuTao

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2019, 11:59 AM »
Would it be better to use the Leveling Plate Mounted casters or the Stem Mounted Casters? I want to purchase these leveling casters for a project and noticed everyone here has experience. Here are the two options I am deciding on. Just trying to figure out the best way to attach these. They might be over kill but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Thanks! :)

Plate Mount Leveling Casters

Stem Mount Leveling Casters



Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2019, 01:06 PM »
Would it be better to use the Leveling Plate Mounted casters or the Stem Mounted Casters? I want to purchase these leveling casters for a project and noticed everyone here has experience. Here are the two options I am deciding on. Just trying to figure out the best way to attach these. They might be over kill but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Thanks! :)

Plate Mount Leveling Casters

Stem Mount Leveling Casters

Sure you don’t work for Caster HQ?

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Retractable casters/wheels
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2019, 03:35 PM »
Would it be better to use the Leveling Plate Mounted casters or the Stem Mounted Casters? I want to purchase these leveling casters for a project and noticed everyone here has experience. Here are the two options I am deciding on. Just trying to figure out the best way to attach these. They might be over kill but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Thanks! :)

Plate Mount Leveling Casters

Stem Mount Leveling Casters

Sure you don’t work for Caster HQ?

When  I posted the above it was from the suspicion that BuCuTao might just be promoting Caster HQ. Now I am going to promote them.   [blink]

Six months ago I bought a set of the heavy capacity (600# each) self leveling stem casters (he linked above) from Caster HQ via Amazon. I bought in anticipation of a project that was delayed so just this week I got around to installing the casters and discovered that one was defective.

I contacted the vender through Amazon and they promptly sent a replacement and said to keep the bad one. After six months.  [big grin]

So now I’m a happy promoter/customer of Caster HQ, a family owned business in Arlington, Texas.