After Market Part To Convert Tablesaw Legs for Wheels

Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2014 08:58 pm
I recently purchased a new SkilSaw tablesaw - to replace my trusty Craftsman tablesaw that I purchased nearly 15 years ago.

I had equipped my Craftsman tablesaw with four lockable wheels, to facilitate moving the tablesaw. Fortunately, my Craftsman tablesaw had pre-drilled hole, on the flat surface at the bottom of each leg - which made installing the locable wheels quite simple.

Unfortunately, my new SkilSaw came with a leg stand, but the legs are much simpler steel construction, where the legs have been bent at a right angle, but with no flat piece at the bottom of each leg - which leaves me with nothing to insert and bolt my lockable wheels onto.

My new SkilSaw tablesaw did come with four, rubber feet, that fit onto the ends of the tablesaw legs, to prevent slippage.


I thought these rubber feet, might be a good starting point to a possible solution. I wondered if there might already be an aftermarket part, with a similar friction fitting that slips over the tablesaw legs, but in metal - and with a flat, bottom flange - at a right-angle to the fitting, which might be pre-drilled (or that that I'm sure capable of "post-drilling"). Anyone familiar with any kind of fitting that's "out there" - that might fill the bill?
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2014 11:40 pm
A Mobile Base would give your saw the mobility you want, but they come with their own wheels.
Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2014 09:53 pm
Okay, good suggestion - and one which I was already peripherally familiar with. This solution is a little "bigger" than what I was thinking was warranted for this tablesaw - especially since this tablesaw will only probably "move" about 3-4 times per year, and since I already have a nice set of lockable wheels, which I know will work well.

I wandered the aisles of my local big box home improvement store today - looking for an "adaptable" solution - since I don't think the solution to this problem is going to come pre-made, or at least not pre-made for the purpose that I'm intending to use it.

I took another look at the tablesaw leg, and took some nominal measurements - hopefully from which some inspiration would emerge. The tablesaw leg measures 1¼" x 1¼" on the two sides of the formed steel leg. I wondered whether there was "out there" a five-sided (1¼ x 1¼ x 1¼ x 1¼ x 1¼" metal fitting, that might be 1-2" tall, that could be "friction fit" over each tablesaw leg - and then a hole could be drilled through the bottom of the fitting to accommodate the bolt of my lockable wheels. I'm not sure how tight this fitting really would need to "fit" on the tablesaw leg, since all the weigh will be above and on the fitting - keeping it securely in place.

That sounds like a better solution than taking and bending a short piece of steel into a right-angle fitting and then lapping, drilling and bolting the piece of metal to one side of the tablesaw leg. Any suggestions on where to search online for the fitting I've generally (and probably inadequately) described - which would be essentially a metal "cube", except it would be open at the top?
Reply Mon 25 May, 2015 10:32 am
After exhausting the limited, and not really practical commercial solutions to this problem, I reverted to the most dependable supply chain solution - I fabricated a fix myself. Mostly, it occurred to me that some light metal fittings would be sufficient to support the castered wheels that I already owned - especially given that the fittings would be supporting the tablesaw across four separate points. And supporting the weight of a tablesaw isn't exactly the same as holding up an aircraft carrier.

As the pictures will reflect, this wasn't hugely difficult, and I suspect buying eight (8), right-angle, metal fittings somewhere wouldn't have been that difficult. But I had some scrap metal pieces of a suitable thickness, so I just cut a number of rectangular pieces with my high-speed cutting wheel. After that it was just a matter of bending the fittings to a right angle, and drilling some holes so that the openings overlapped up when the fittings were bolted on.

This solution was about a 30 minute level of effort, and given that it was "scrapped together", the cost was zero, and while not aesthetically pretty - it's completely functional.


Reply Mon 25 May, 2015 02:58 pm
You formed eight of those pieces in 30 minutes? Good show.
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