Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Excellent value...
I'm giving this product a 5 star rating in spite of the terrible instructions. Everything eventually became self-evident. It would have been nice if the side rail bolt holes were all slotted. You are limited somewhat by the fact that only the long bars have slotted holes. In my case, however, it ended up working out perfectly. BUT, and that's a big but, you cannot pre-measure the needed inside dimensions and expect to simply drop your power tool into the base. There is a lip on the top of each of the corners that will prevent that. You will need to assemble to the desired specifications, unbolt one of the side rails, install your power tool into the stand, then re-bolt the side rail. I would also highly advise installing any and all bolts to the corners from the inside out.. If you install them from the outside the extra bit of bolt length inside will definitely impede an exact fit. After lifting my table saw into the base I used a bar clamp to pull the two corners closer together in order to align the necessary side rail bolt holes. Installing the "brake pads" for the two stationary rollers with the single nipple in the down position worked best for me. I would also advise to think ahead of where you will need to roll your stand/tool as that will dictate whether your swivel casters need to go in the front of the stand or, as in my case, on the side. I have my fingers crossed as far as the durability of the plastic engagement levers for the wheels. I don't use my table saw all that often so I don't foresee it being a problem. My mobile base is being used for a Craftsman 10" contractor's table saw, and now it rolls around my shop with the greatest of ease. This mobile base was money well spent.
April 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Me Mobility
Was very exited to receive this mobile base, Looks to be very well built, yet it can be locked into one location when using my table saw.
Can be adjusted to many different sizes.
March 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dryfly Good value for the money
Overall the mobile base works as well as several costing much more. I have only had this base for a few weeks but so far no problems at all. I have an industrial saw weighing slightly over 600 pounds and the base supports it. I wish the steel would be a little thicker as it is showing a slight twist. For the average home saw which is half the weight this would be great. So far there has been very little movement when cutting full plywood sheet or ripping oak boards. There braking system is working far better than some of the other designs. Plan on purchasing several more for shaper and planers.
Home Depot has one of the best prices on this and I hope it stays there until I can purchase at least 2 more. Would definitely recommend this product! The only reason for a less than perfect score is I'm not sure if you go to the 700 pound max it would still hold up.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bill hd universal base
as advertised. easy to assemble, works. instructions clear
February 23, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jcha Nice product, poor materials
I received the product today. I put it together fairly easy. Unit rolls smothly..issue is nuts and bolts are poor quality and multiple stripped. Metal is to soft, poor grade nuts and bolts. I went to HD and got better quality bolts and paid more! I would recommend it if you get you own hardware.
December 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by javamann Could use some instructions
The instructions that came with this unit are useless. I went from the picture on the box to assemble mine. Once together it's a good unit.
October 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jbreitmun Need shop mobility? Look no further!
This HTC 3000 HD Universal Mobile Base is the perfect solution to those with a smaller workshop, like myself. But, it would be very fitting as well in a larger workspace as well. It would allow you to shuffle your tools around to better adapt to your needs as well as allow you some ease when it came to clean up.
In my own situation I have a full size furniture and cabinet making shop in my one car garage. This can prove to be a little difficult at time because the larger tools, when not in use, need to be parked against the walls allowing space down the center for fabrication. Prior to these mobile bases I would either use my furniture dolly, dangerously tilting and lifting these heavy tools up on or I would rock them back in forth to move them to my desires location. All this was very tedious! Also in the summer to help alleviate some of my cramped quarters I put up a 10' x 10' canopy shelter in my drive to work under. Now I have no problems staging my tools exactly where I need them with this mobile base.
I was so impressed upon receiving this and placing my bandsaw up on it that I ordered 2 more immediately for my jointer and drill press. The first one arrived with one of the wheel lock pedals missing but I contacted the company directly and they had a replacement shipped to me next day. Talk about excellent customer service! The other two arrived with all parts intact so it was probably just a fluke with the first one.
These mobile bases are heavy duty! They are completely customizable to your tools footprint and the wheel placement can be whatever configuration you choose. The wheels are heavy duty as well. It comes with plenty of nuts and bolts, 4 longer bars with slightly slotted adjustable holes, and 4 shorter bars with fixed size holes to adapt it to almost anything within the maximum parameters. With four different locking mechanisms, 2 wheel locks and 2 drop feet locks, once your tool is in place lock them down and your tools are solid and stable! In each corner piece there is a hole in the base plate allowing you to bolt your tool to the base for even more stability.
Honestly, you can't go wrong with this system. I highly recommend them to anyone; particularly those in a similar situation as me. The price does appear a little steep but in the long run (saving my sanity, back, tool abrasion, time, and safety) I know they will payoff.
June 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom Decent Tool Stand
This tool stand is really convenient for moving heavy tools around the garage or shop. I've got my 100 lb planer on it right now, and I can move easily it without any hassle. I plan on building a custom cabinet to hold the planer infeed/outfeed at the same height as my table saw so I can get some extra support when I'm planing long boards. The non-swiveling casters lock down very well, and the floor locks (which aren't supposed to be used as leg levelers - more on that later) for the swivel casters work well when they're adjusted correctly. There were few improvements which could have been made to the design, but for the most part it's a solid buy.
Additional assembly tips:
- The instructions were decent, but a few key pointers could have made the whole process a lot easier.
- The leaf spring brakes on the non-swiveling casters should be inserted with the single rib facing down toward the wheel. Otherwise it won't lock the wheel down when the brake is engaged. The instructions are for an older model that had different brakes.
- Plan out where you'll place the bolts before you start throwing the whole thing together. Keep in mind that there are several bolt holes that can't be used, including the ones centered over the fixed caster axles and two at the other side where you'll mount the floor locks.
Room for improvement:
- The floor locks which look like they're leg levelers are made of high density plastic. I sincerely doubt they can bear a full 700 lb loading but I don't plan on using my tool stand for anything that heavy. The assembly instructions specifically state, "Adjust the leveler so that it engages the floor, (without lifting the machine completely off the floor) when in the lock position." So they're not levelers, which I was disappointed to discover. They're only to be used as brakes.
- The floor lock design has rivets that are the same for both sides (there are no left and right side parts - they're the same), and they make one side sit at a very slightly cockeyed angle because they aren't perfectly flush.
- The adjustable sides should have been made out of angle iron instead of flat bars. One of them was slightly bent when I unpacked it, and I gently tried to bend it back straight but ended up REALLY bending it because it was much more ductile than I initially guessed. The stand also flexes fairly easily when assembled if I grab two sides and pull together. Angle iron would have taken care of this. I suppose it will get better with a tool or cabinet mounted solidly to it, but I thought the stand itself should have that rigidity.
- One of the fixed caster axle mounts didn't quite fit, and I had to whack it with a hammer several times to get it to fit. It almost didn't work - I was about to reach for my rotary tool!
That being said, I'm still happy with the stand. It's sturdy enough and gets the job done.
June 15, 2013