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    Default tablesaw mobile base, is 2x2 angle big enough

    I am going to make a mobile base for my 700 pound tablesaw. It will be about 6 feet long with all the weight on one end. The far end will just support the end of a wooden extension table. Do you think 2x2 by 1/4 angle would be strong enough? I have some 2x4 heavy channel but that will add a lot of extra weight and make it almost too wide to get through my 36" door.
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    I think 2 x 2 x 1/4 would be just fine...

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    Plenty strong enough. Do you have a design, or still working it up? I've built several woodshop mobile platforms - not sure that my design is great, but it works for me. Happy to share if you are interested.

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    I do not have a particular design yet so any ideas are welcome. My shop floor is uneven so I am thinking two wheels at the heavy end and one wheel at the other end.
    I am 6'2" so I would probably raise it up several inches.
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    Something like this but a little longer with the right hand wheel farther to the right?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001LQXQ8...technical-data

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    I'd suggest that you use bi-locking(swivel and wheel locks) industrial casters, not the little ones shown in the illustration. My small table saw has 2" casters and they make it very difficult to move. If you used 6" industrial casters, that helps your height problem too(I sympathize, at 6'5").

    One such item, but may be a little light:
    https://www.amazon.com/Online-Best-S...ay&sr=8-6&th=1

    Heavier duty:
    https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Caster-...y&sr=8-34&th=1

    Not recommendations, just representative examples.

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    I agree those casters in the link are too small! I really only need to move it side to side so I will use two fixed 14" steel wheels at the heavy end and a single 8"? caster at the other. I will not raise it that high but I have those wheels already to design around.
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    Structural design is kinda like real estate where physical size is mostly irrelevant to value, it's all about location, location, location.


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