Reviewing: DELTA 50-345 Universal Mobile Base (Wood Not Included)

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    • Scott Pointon
    • November 25, 2015
    104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a great buy!, November 20, 1999
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    Scott Pointon (Crest Hill, IL United States) –
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    This review is from: DELTA 50-345 Universal Mobile Base (Wood Not Included) (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I have purchased three of these for my small home workshop and they all perform flawlessly! With some minor assembly, these perform just as well as their more expensive cousins. I even bought one for my father to use with his HEAVY old unisaw (built in the late 1930’s) and it works like a charm

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    • Paul Martin
    • November 25, 2015
    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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    Good choice, July 25, 2002
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    Paul Martin (Albuquerque, NM) –
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    This review is from: DELTA 50-345 Universal Mobile Base (Wood Not Included) (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I am using this stand for a compound miter saw. For a light tool like this, pine rails ripped from 2x4s work just fine. If you are trying to support a major league table saw or something closer to the 300 pound limit, then follow Delta’s advice and use hardwood.
    I bought an HTC mobile stand for my table saw, in part to compare the two models. On design, the Delta wins. The freely rotating front caster makes the unit very maneuverable, much easier to move around the shop than the HTC. In addition, the lever in front gives a much greater range of motion, so it lifts the unit much further off the stationary feet. The two units are roughly equivalent in difficulty of assembly. Do your own measurements for the wood; the unit will take a tad more than the 1 1/2 inch square cross section recommended. I also recommend drilling the bolt holes with a drill press if at all possible. I don’t own a drill press, so I couldn’t get the holes drilled perfectly square, and the unit looks like it was assembled by a drunken sailor. It works great, but I can’t really blame Delta for the appearance.
    One downside to the Delta is the need for the hardwood rails for heavier equipment. If you don’t have a lot of scrap hardwood lying around, you should include the price of the wood in your price comparison. You should also have access to a planer and joiner to square up the wood, something that wasn’t necessary with the pine.

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    • Darryl Ramm
    • November 25, 2015
    90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Poor design and construction, February 3, 2006
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    Darryl Ramm (Redwood City, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Bench Dog 40-011 Feather-Loc Double Featherboard for Table Saws & Router Tables (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I purchased several of these. Initially they looked good, but in use they are annoying and end up breaking. Most other commercially available featherboards are better designed, better built and cost less! I am surprised other reviewers rate these so high, I suspect the ratings are given before much use.

    1. The black plastic knobs that you use to tighten the featherboard in place capture onto a nut head. The largest problem with these featherboards is that it is easy to strip the black plastic knobs when they are tightened, allowing the plastic knob to turn freely on the captive bolt.

    2. A better design would ensure a more positive capture into the track slot by having both black knobs works to lock the split aluminum bar into the track slot, in this design only one of the knobs does this. Which BTW is the one that strips as above, since you have to tighten it enough to stop the featherboard sliding in the track.

    3. The black plastic knobs are small and feel cheap, other commercial featherboards have larger knobs that are easier to tighten.

    4. Also after using them for a while you’ve start to hate the non-parallel bolt slots that the featherboard slides around on. Most other commercial featherboards have parallel slots and these are easier to adjust.

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    • E. Weber
    • November 25, 2015
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Usefull but awkward to use, January 12, 2007
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    E. Weber (NH United States) –
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    This review is from: Bench Dog 40-011 Feather-Loc Double Featherboard for Table Saws & Router Tables (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I have been using these featherboards for a little while now both on my router table and on my table saw fence.

    They do there job but I find it awkward and time consuming to set them up because of the non parallel slots.

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