How to choose  your stands and bases?

How to choose your stands and bases?

Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield

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Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield

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A stand is designed to facilitate the use of fixed tools and can be a cart, trestles or ball-bearing and roller stands. A base makes it possible to transform a conventional power tool into a stationary tool, by serving as an anchor for drills and saws, among others.     

Important features

  • Best usage
  • Versatility
  • Tool type
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Stands and bases for stationary tools

If you're ever in the market for a stationary machine, it's best to try and find the right support or a suitable base. Generally, buyers will often wait until the last second or until it's too late to take care of this purchase, as it's deemed only a "secondary product". Then, they are scared off by both the price and somewhat limited scope that a stand tends to have. Contrary to what they believe, it is obvious that the proper functioning of any machine depends in part of its seating position and the conditions in which it used. There'seven less stopping you nowadays, as universal bases, adaptable to several machines, are widely available.

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The 6 types of stands and bases

1. Universal Miter Saw Workbench

It is a foldable frame that is adjustable in height and looks much like a trestle. It is designed to accomodate all types of mitre saws with its extendable left and right latteral supports.

2. Universal machining base

A robust steel frame with a flat table that is fit to accomodate any machining tool that may require increased stability. The feet are fitted with rubber pads to reduce vibration and protect the floor.

3. Rolling work stand

This is a mobile work aid for any stationary tool. It acts as both a whelled stand and a workstation, with its tough construction and large rubber wheels making it ideal for construction sites. Durable and solid, this is a tool that is always highly spoken of among professionals and passionate handymen.

4. Base stand for milling machine, router and grinder

This bulky stand is designed to securely fix heavy stationary machines (milling machine, router and grinder) which require a maximum of stability. It is operated by being fixed to the ground and eliminating any vibrations.

5. Clamping table and machining support

It's impossible not to mention this great tool. With its extreme versatility, it can be adapted to a circular saw, router, drill or any other portable power tool that might require a stable and secure position. Finally, it could not be any more practical can. In two quick movements, it folds up neatly and can be stored in a small corner.

6. Multifunctional sawmill

This accessory is highly recommended for the use of any saws that require cuts of increasedaccuracy. A tool like the circular saw can be placed under or over the table to saw through any situation. It can also accomodate a jigsaw or router. Even without any machine, the sawmill, also referred to a saw table, can always be used as a very practical mobile work top.

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Specialized stands and bases

Wooden tower support base

This base is generally, with rare exception, only used specifically for lathes.

Drill stand

If it's a drill press that is missing from your workshop, you can turn your corded drill into an ideal vertical drilling machine. By using this approach, you also multiple the potential force that the tool can exert.

Multi-purpose stand

Active as both trestle and a stand, this type of base is ideal for accomodating any type of mitre saw.

Multi-directional ball-bearing and roller stands

Generally placed on both sides of the machine, these stands are ideal for safely supporting any long work pieces.


If case you can't find the perfect support for your specific project, you can always use and customize folding or fixed trestles to adapt them as auxiliary supports.

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More Information

No matter what your workshop is designed for, it needs to be well equipped. Follow the links below for related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:

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Guide written by:

Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield, 68 guides

Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield

I was trained as a pipe worker and a pipe-welder and after having traveled for 35 years working around the UK, I became the head a metal shop and then a designer and in the end the head engineer. I have designed and built a workshop where I make metal sculptures: I managed to find a piece of paradise where I can to let my imagination run wild. Auctions and garage sales are no secret to me. I find unusual objects and old tools there that I collect or transform into works of art. I also like decoration, painting on canvas, and gardening. I am developing new technologies concerning tools. To share my passion and humbly advise you in your choice of materials is a real pleasure.

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