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X m? BASE 15 SIZED FOR SPECIFiC TOOL (OR CLASS OF TOOLS)

HTC

(Prices range from about $100 to over $300)

The Case tor a Dedicated Base

JET

One of the downsides of most universal bases is the time you have to spend assembling them (more on this later). Of course you only have to do this once (unless you want to change it for another tool). Still, you don't want assembly to be a hassle. And thafs where the Jet universal base shines (photo at right).

Note: This base is rated for 600 lbs. Jet makes another mobile base for tools up to 1200 lbs.

Assembling the base takes a couple minutes at most. All you have to do is slip the steel bars into the corners, position them to match the mobile base to the base of your tool, and then "lock" everything in place with spring-loaded pins (see inset).

This ease of assembly does come at a sacrifice. Because the rails are held in each corner by a single pin and not bolted, the base isn't as rigid as I'd prefer. It has a little "flex" to it. YouH probably notice this most as

Instead of a "one-size-fits-all" approach, you might want to consider a dedicated base, like the one shown at right.

Now you might be thinking that once a mobile base is under a tool, isn't it pretty much "dedicated?" What makes a dedicated base different is that ifs designed to fit a specific tool (or power

A Wheel Locks. All it takes to firmly lock the two fixed wheels of this base is a couple turns of a knob.

class of tools, like 14" band saws).

The reason I prefer a dedicated mobile base is because ifs engineered for a specific tool and the frame features welded steel construction. So the base (and tool) are solid, whether ifs locked in place and you're using the tool, or you're moving it around the shop.

Some tool manufacturers make dedicated bases for their tools. But HTC Products Inc. has "dedicated" themselves to this type of base. They make a base for just about any tool. (They'll even custom make one for you.)

WELPEP STEEL FRAME IS RIGID

THREE-POINT STANCE AND LOCKS ON ALL WHEELS FORM A ROCK-SOLID BASE

Cost - About the only downside to a dedicated base is the cost Ifs probably going to run at least twice as much (or more) than a typical universal base. For sources of dedicated bases, see page 35.

you move the tool around. But once the wheels are locked in place, the base (and tool) is quite steady.

Speaking of locking the base in place, thafs one feature of the Jet base I really liked. I don't have to

ALL FOUR WHEELS

LOCK TO FORM STABLE PLATFORM

bend over to lock any of the four wheels. Each one has a separate foot-operated lock, as you can see in the margin photo.

Extension Accessory - A handy accessory available for the Jet base is an add-on extension kit Ifs designed to support table saws (or other tools) with large wing extensions, like the one you see in the photo on the opposite page.

A Wheel Locks.

A simple press of each foot lever locks (or unlocks) the wheels of the base.

STEEL RAILS SLIDE EASILY AND PIN IN PLACE QUICKLY (SEE INSET)

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