If you happened to catch my previous thread about adjusting the height of the DP table you will know I had a bad time with that. The answer to that eventually came down to purchasing a new Delta with adjustable table (17-959L).
The instructions say bolt it to the floor or mount it on a sheet of ¾” plywood 28 x 21 inches. The Rockler sales person said do not use a dolly (Is this logical?). OK so I mount it on the plywood. What is going to happen to the plywood in a few years sitting on the cement floor in my garage? I foresee wood-rot.
I trimmed down a sink cutout to the designated size. I painted the plywood side with exterior primer (2 coats). I painted over the primer with two coats of exterior acrylic. Then I got chicken. Knowing me, I assume that the DP will get moved once or twice---scratching through the paint. Will that paint prevent rot even though scratched? I think not.
If I lay out a sheet of plastic under the plywood it will probably get scratched through the first time I move the beast. I could put a new piece under it after the move. However, that is one HEAVY piece of machinery. Tilting it to put plastic under it scares me.
I could lay the cutout so that the laminate is down against the cement. However (There had to be a however didn’t there?), the laminate is sure going to look better under the DP than the painted plywood. I don’t know why I am concerned about that; after all it is a woodworking shop. I suppose looking at some of your shop pictures makes me want to be “Not-ugly.”
Back to the dolly question. I would sure like to be able to move this beastie once in a while. However, I can understand the Rockler salesperson's concerns. This machine is tall and not only heavy but top-heavy. If I raise it on 4" casters, I am going to have to get a footstool to change the speeds.
I am, also, one of those, "If in doubt, build it stout." (Remind you of anyone?) type people. If it is going to have wheels, they will need to be heck for strong and the platform is going to have to be large enough to be a real base.
I can certainly live without wheels, however it will be inconvenient. Teflon skids? Whatevers? I sincerely doubt that it will ever be moved as much as six feet.
Enjoy and thanks for your help.