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lazlo
05-25-2010, 03:49 PM
I have a 14" Taiwanese vertical bandsaw, and like many of these machines, the mounting bolts are situated on the outside of a very narrow base, so the machine is very prone to tip.

My "shop" is crowded into a 2-car garage, so putting everything on rollers helps to move machines around as projects require. But lifting an already top-heavy bandsaw with 4" casters seemed like a recipe for disaster.

So this is what I came up with: 18" wide outriggers for polyurethane rollers that move the center of gravity out by several inches.

I started by cleaning up some 3/8" hot roll. That's a Sandvik RA-245 facemill. The inserts have a 45 lead angle, which I used to cut the shin chamfer on all the edges:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2547.png

Shot of my power feed :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2545.png

Facemill off the mill scale with Mitee-Bites:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2562.png

lazlo
05-25-2010, 03:56 PM
I finally found a use for the (in)famous Kurt protractor plate -- cutting 45 bevels for the outer edges:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2564.png

That's an AccuLube micro-drop applicator running Mobil Omicron cutting oil. You can adjust these down so fine that it uses less than a tablespoon of oil for a job like this -- no mess and absolutely no mist:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2566.png

Final product. Took about an hour -- probably 15 minutes for Lane or John :D

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2571.png

lazlo
05-25-2010, 03:58 PM
Here you can see where the original bolt hole are located. I don't know what the designers were thinking, but almost all I've seen had the mounting hole in the same place, just waiting to tip over:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2573.png

Mounted with polyurethane rollers, and ready to work :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/Bandsaw%20Feet/IMG_2575.png

Mcgyver
05-25-2010, 04:16 PM
good idea...i'm slowly getting everything on wheels myself.... somehow i pictured you taller but you carry off the pink rather well

HSS
05-25-2010, 04:21 PM
Roflmao :d

Alistair Hosie
05-25-2010, 05:50 PM
I see daddies little lady is having fun:D Also well done looks good to me.Alistair

lugnut
05-25-2010, 06:26 PM
Outriggers look great. Are those six little hold downs in the third photo down something you made or are they available commercially. They look pretty handy.

Fasttrack
05-25-2010, 08:24 PM
Outriggers look great. Are those six little hold downs in the third photo down something you made or are they available commercially. They look pretty handy.


Yes they are. Lazlo mentioned them in the line right above the picture: Mitee-Bites.

Here is there website:
http://www.miteebite.com/


Looks great Robert! The bevel really makes them look very nice.

jdunmyer
05-25-2010, 08:32 PM
Here's what I've done to several of my wife's woodworking machines:
http://www.oldengine.org/members/jdunmyer/woodshop/042935.jpg

It's 4 pieces of 3 X 3 X 1/4" angle iron, simply welded together, using 4" casters on the corners. It's dirt-simple to make, raises the machine only 1", and increases the footprint enough to make it very stable. The only machine work is drilling and tapping the holes for the casters.

gnm109
05-25-2010, 09:14 PM
That's a very nice job on your outriggers. It looks like you had some help, too. LOL.

I did something similar to my 7X12 Enco Horizontal/vertical bandsaw when I freshened it up a while back. I took the easy way out and just used some large angle iron and casters. The original wheels were very poor and it's much better now.

You can just see them in this picture.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r188/gnm109/EncoRebuildG.jpg

MickeyD
05-26-2010, 08:59 AM
That was a very nice job Robert. That Excello looks like a real treat for you assistant.

wierdscience
05-26-2010, 09:37 AM
Nice job,dunno why mfgs don't get with the times and put proper bolt on caster pads on machines now.

BTW,that last photo,what happened to the bricks?You got the Excello on wheels too and lost braking?:D

BobWarfield
05-26-2010, 12:06 PM
Big beastie plates, excellent!

No additional green paint though?

Cheers,

BW