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  • BT3000 on casters

    I know that the BT3000 had two casters on one side for moving it around (mine are missing), has anyone mounted it on four casters? I have limited space, so I have everything in casters for easy configuration.

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    There are various commercially made devices called mobile bases, low profile, for putting fixed tools on to move them around without raising the height significantly. Some of them have adjustable metal frames and others you cut wood braces to size.
    One is the HTC2000 with adjustable size and four casters that can be lowered to stabilize the tools when parked and used. I have three and recommend it.
    They are available from Amazon and other places for around $70... search for HTC2000 tool base

    You can also do a search on this website sawdustzone for mobile bases; lots of discussions over the years.

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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 01-13-2021, 11:15 PM.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
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    • #3
      Also, on this site go to Articles --> Mobile. Where there is an entire section of articles an making the saw roll.
      Chr's
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      • #4
        Awesome, thanks for the tips.

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        • #5
          I mounted a third locking caster on the other end on a large angle iron where the leveling legs are. My shop is in the basement and the floor was not perfectly flat, so my premise was that the three point stance would make it more stable. It's worked fine for the last 20 years.
          Jim Frye
          The Nut in the Cellar.
          ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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          • #6
            Here is my version based on the article link above. Used ball casters and the saw rolls around very easily.

            (OK - I admit it's not beautiful looking but works great to move the saw around in my 2-car garage).

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            • #7
              I like it. It doesn't need to be pretty to do the job.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by nicer20 View Post
                Here is my version based on the article link above. Used ball casters and the saw rolls around very easily.

                (OK - I admit it's not beautiful looking but works great to move the saw around in my 2-car garage).
                You used available wood, and it works - how much more beautiful do you want it to be? Looks good to me!

                It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
                - Aristotle

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                • #9
                  To the original poster: the stock BT3 did not come with wheels. The "accessory kit" included two wheels - not casters - that bolted to one side of the BT3 base. You lifted the other side up, via the fence rails, and moved the saw around somewhat like a wheelbarrow. Since those wheels weren't casters, parking the saw against a wall was a nuisance... you had to "parallel park" it like a car.

                  The various aftermarket bases noted by the other folks in this thread are more versatile especially if you need to store the saw along a wall. Pick one that has a weight rating well above the saw's total weight; you have to consider the weight of whatever materials you might be cutting on the saw and/or whatever stuff you'll pile on it when it's not being used! There's another current thread talking about casters and weight ratings; going with items rated for higher weight tools should provided better long-term durability.

                  Another idea to consider is to replace the stock base with a shop-built wooden storage box/cabinet and put double-locking casters on it. Many folks have done that... or built cabinets that fit inside the stock BT3 stand like I did. Lots of extra storage that way. And you can alter the working height to be more comfortable for your height.

                  mpc

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by radhak View Post

                    You used available wood, and it works - how much more beautiful do you want it to be? Looks good to me!
                    Thanks !

                    I was a little embarrassed looking at the beauty coupled with ingenuity & functionality of some of the jigs and attachments made by many of the astute veterans on this board.

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