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    Poor man's Shop cart

    Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier


    https://www.amazon.com/Portamate-PM-...ords=portamate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan m View Post
    its a shame its so expensive. that's plus vat and delivery.
    I'm going to try and make one similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan m View Post
    Weld a couple of the PM-1800 together and save a few hundred bucks.
    Daniel E.
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    I have a roll around workbench that I use for doing my buildups. It is slightly higher than my trailer I haul lumber in and just about the same height as my table saw, and the Bot. Heavy duty casters make moving the workbench relatively easy. If I am using materials that are prefinished I have an old Army blanket I throw over the workbench. Russ

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    a vertical cart takes up a lot less room. I only have to lift one end on the table then the other. I can fit a sheet cart in my shop and get around it. if the material is heavy I have a overhead lift I setup. I have three of these.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    $1500 is not expensive. Hurting your back is a life changing event you can’t buy back for $1500.

    I’m only 47 now but invested in one of the US made carts last year. Best decision I made, every kitchen we do ( this current one was almost 35 sheets of 3/4 particle core veneer) I thank myself. And we’re more productive as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajcoholic View Post
    $1500 is not expensive. Hurting your back is a life changing event you can’t buy back for $1500.

    I’m only 47 now but invested in one of the US made carts last year. Best decision I made, every kitchen we do ( this current one was almost 35 sheets of 3/4 particle core veneer) I thank myself. And we’re more productive as well.
    I'm considering making one.
    I'm thinking about making a double sided one so that I can bring in sheets on one side , run each through cnc and then put it on the other side.
    I was mocking it up this evening on a bit of mdf to see the moving parts.
    it should work. hopefully.
    might get a chance next week to build it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan m View Post
    I'm considering making one.
    I'm thinking about making a double sided one so that I can bring in sheets on one side , run each through cnc and then put it on the other side.
    I was mocking it up this evening on a bit of mdf to see the moving parts.
    it should work. hopefully.
    might get a chance next week to build it
    One thing I’d say is not to cheap out on the casters. Ive tried many imported knock offs, even though they had a high load rating... they sucked. Now I only buy made in North American made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajcoholic View Post
    One thing I’d say is not to cheap out on the casters. Ive tried many imported knock offs, even though they had a high load rating... they sucked. Now I only buy made in North American made.
    I thinking to make it on a steel frame I made up like a pallet. then use my pallet truck

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