Jet Clamp-On Castors Hot
Caster set puts wheels where you want them
No matter how large or small your shop, you’ll benefit from the flexibility of having heavy stationary tools on mobile bases. But some mobile bases are a pain to assemble (can you say “bag of bolts”?). More important, you can’t change the wheel locations to best serve the tool they’ll hold.
If you own closed-base stationary tools, there may be an answer. Jet’s Clamp-on Castors mount individually to such tools so you can place them anywhere around the base. The installation instructions make several suggestions about where to best place the wheels for tools with different centers of gravity, whether low (jointer), high (bandsaw), or off-center (cabinet saw or shaper).
The Clamp-on Castors installed easily on both my bandsaw and jointer, especially because I only needed to tilt those heavy tools slightly during installation, rather than muscle them onto a mobile base. The casters’ magnetic faces held them in place while I tightened the J-shaped clamps that grip the wrap-under flange on most closed-base tools. (Oddly, my Jet 14" bandsaw lacks that flange, but the casters held fast anyway, although the cabinet flexed more than on my jointer, which has a flange).
In use, the casters locked and rolled easily, even over broken concrete. Neither set works with open-stand tools.