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Old 07-29-2007, 09:39 PM
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Vise Stand Wheel Help

I just made a vise stand over the weekend out of an old steel wheel and axle. It is pretty hefty and was wanting to add a caster or two to help move it around. I can't figure out how to do this. Because the wheel is round, it would be hard to bolt a caster to it. Has anyone built one themself that I can steal ideas from?

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I would suggest that use it the way it is for awhile to try it out. In the end I think the wheel will need concrete poured in it to keep the stand from moving around when the vice is being used. IMO, you can always tip it up on the edge of the rim and roll it to where it needs to be.
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I agree with everything he just said. I think you will need more weight and tipped it should roll wherever you need it to go.
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I was using it today and it actually functions pretty well. I too thought it would need some more weight added to it but it was VERY sturdy. I was wheeling it around on its side but thought that some cheap casters would make it even easier. Just an idea.
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I agree leave off the castors. Mine's just on a 2" steel disk plate that sometimes isn't heavy enough and isn't a problem to move. If you have to move it a long way just use a 2 wheel dolley.
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I'm leaning toward no casters myself, but you could screw the bottom of the wheel to a chunk of 3/4" plywood and screw some locking casters to the bottom of that.
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I'm leaning toward no casters myself, but you could screw the bottom of the wheel to a chunk of 3/4" plywood and screw some locking casters to the bottom of that.
Jim's got the right idea, if you did put casters on the stand, it would be tough to use it with it rolling all over the place while you're trying to work. Dan
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it looks like its balanced, i see a wheel weight on the wheel. good fab job, i like it.
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Thanks for the comment. I am going to leave it the way that it is. It is really well balanced.
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Spartyon,

I made a stand just like yours. It works well and it is very stable. What I did so I could move it around BUT not have it on the wheels all of the time was to weld on two pieces of flat quarter inch plate about eight inches apart. I drilled two 1/2 inch holes on the outer edge so I could install a 1/2 inch solid bar with two 8 inch hard rubber wheels mounted on the ends of the bar. The wheels are off the ground by about 1/4 inch when the stand is in-use. But when I need to move to another part of the shop I tilt the stand back onto the wheels and it goes where ever I want. Once I get to the new place I let it rock back on the rim.

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Spartyon,

I made a stand just like yours. It works well and it is very stable. What I did so I could move it around BUT not have it on the wheels all of the time was to weld on two pieces of flat quarter inch plate about eight inches apart. I drilled two 1/2 inch holes on the outer edge so I could install a 1/2 inch solid bar with two 8 inch hard rubber wheels mounted on the ends of the bar. The wheels are off the ground by about 1/4 inch when the stand is in-use. But when I need to move to another part of the shop I tilt the stand back onto the wheels and it goes where ever I want. Once I get to the new place I let it rock back on the rim.

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That is exactly what I was refering to. Any pictures by chance?
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Spartyon,

Sorry, no I do not have any pictures.

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I made on like Sparton's. I took two non turning casters, welded amd brace them to the wheel as Sparton described. Just tack them in place to try it. I can't take a picture of mine until Tuesday. Perri
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Get two pieces of 1/4" flat bar steel get them at the same length and weld them to the bottom of the rim (edge that meets the ground). Be sure to position them so they stick outside the rim about a 1". Not drill one hole per lug for your caster wheels (be sure to get the casters with the one stud mounting!) that way you can pull the casters on or off as you like.
I agree with everybody else here, add more weight to the base. Go to home depot and get a 60# of concrete, mix it up and fill the top of your rim with it, be sure to smooth it nice and smooth! (Name, date, & hand prints are optional!) ...that way if dust, crumbs, grinding power, or slag gets on top it will be easier to brush off. My $0.02 Good Luck!!! ...Mark
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Vice stand

Scholman has the right idea. When I got my horz./vert. band saw, I didn't like the height or the little dance it did when ever I tried to move it. A new frame was built out of 1" sq. tubing and a pair of wheels 1/8" off the floor. If you try this, set the saw in the vert. position with the table plate on to get the height you want. Oh yeah, throw the table plate that came with your saw in the scrap bin and make one about 6" sq. out of 3/16 or 1/4" plate. Don't worry about the miter slot. It never works anyway. Youngster.
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