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    • CommentAuthorrld
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
     
    i built a 26" high workbench whose sole purpose is to hold a very heavy woodworking devise. The workbench is constructed with 2x4 's and the legs are 51" apart on the long side and 23" on the short side. I want the ability to move it around but I can't find retractable casters anywhere including a google search on the web.

    Does anyone have a suggestion or method to solve my workbench mobility problem.

    Thanks
    RLD
    San Diego
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009 edited
     
    You're going to find the bolt-on retractable casters are expensive and what's on the market tends to be industrial quality, made for heavy equipment. Here's the single retractable caster that Grainger sells: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/4W805 . It's $85 per. McMaster-Carr has a selection of "spring-loaded" casters that may or may not be retractable, starting at $35 per. If no one else has any better suggestions, I will be glad to publish some homemade solutions I've used in my books over the years.

    With all good wiishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorTooljunkie
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
     
    Publish away, Nick. I have been through this before and there is nothing "retractable" available, other than this retractable wheel for a contractor saw: http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=141550&FamilyID=3703. The only other option might be the mobile tool bases, but they aren't really "retractable".

    George
    • CommentAuthorrld
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2009
     
    Nick
    I, and many readers of this forum, would really like to see your homemade solution(s) to retractable casters.
    Looking forward to your response.

    Bob
    San Diego
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2009
     
    I've gathered up five different solutions for making tools mobile. These include not only retractable catsers, but several other solutions as well. I'm going to publish these one at a time as a "Tip o' the Day" over the next week. You can look forward to:
    1. Retractable Casters
    2. Retractable Feet
    3. Wheelbarrow
    4. Chocks
    5. Wedge Jacks

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorDonS
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    While I wouldn't necessarily call them 'retractable' you can add casters which will move out of the way of the table by first mahing a board the length of the span between the feet you want to have casters on. Mount casters on the board. Then hinge mount the caster board to the feet of your table so you can lift it up, flip the caster board under the feet, and roll it away. Reading this, I realize it is much easier to do than describe. Basically, when not being used, the casters and mounting board will be laying in a position that has the casters pointing toward the ceiling. Just lift the table, kick the caster board so that the hinge allows the board to swing under the table legs and set the table down. the hinges and weight of the table hold the casters in place. Hope thismakes at least a little sense. Good luck!
    Don Stutsman
    • CommentAuthorrld
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2009
     
    DonS
    Thanks for the tip but the casters would go on a workbench with a SS 10 ER that I just acquired. It is very heavy and lifting the side may be difficult and potentially dangerous.
    Bob
    San Diego
    • CommentAuthorbillstoolz
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
     
    I have been using the Shopsmith retractor casters for work benches and stands by using "L" angle metal, I use aluminum, to mount the casters. I have a drawing with measurements and bolt locations if anyone is interested.

    Bill Mayo
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
     
    I'm always interested in your ideas, Bill. Please post them or send them. It would be great to see a photo if you have one handy.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorbillstoolz
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009 edited
     
    This is a picture and a drawing of the bracket for using the Mark V Retractable casters on the 10ER and work bench.

    Bill
      Right bracket MK5 to 10ER.jpg
      Retractable Caster Bracket.jpg
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009
     
    Nice! Simple, elegant solution.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorsmm
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
     
    I think I am going to use this method with my older Sjoberg workbench. It is a little bit low for me because I am 6-2 so I think I can add some feet to make room for the casters.

    http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=handtools&Number=4691522&Forum=,,All_Forums,,&Words=&Searchpage=1&Limit=25&Main=4691273&Search=true&where=&Name=45808&daterange=&newerval=&newertype=&olderval=&oldertype=&bodyprev=
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