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    Default Hammer N4400 mobility kit

    Hi I've bought an N4400 that will be delivered after we move into our new place.
    I'm seeking opinions from users of this saw whether or not the hammer mobility ( about $300 from memory ) kit is okay or would you opt for a general mobile base with a piece of ply in it, or some other option?
    I don't think I'll need to move the saw a lot after I've decided on a location for it but it may take a bit of fiddling to work out where it will fit best.

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    I've been asking myself the same question.

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    Ask me on Sunday

    BTW, current prices are:

    • The rolling carriage without lifting bar is $156.24 +GST
    • The lifting bar is $125.28+GST

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    I got the mobility kit on mine and it works well. Having the ability to move it around is definitely handy. Iíve never used anything else on mine so canít comment, but as long as itís sturdy when operating youíll be good to go.

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    If you have the space and not required to move the machines around then no its not worth purchasing. It is however handy to have (esp for cleaning purpose) and it does not affect the height of the machine (compared to other systems) and you may buy other Hammer machines in the future.

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    i have it and found it very awkward ... i need to move my machines a lot though ... if you don't need to do much moving it might be ok ... i ended up building a frame under it and putting heavy duty locking casters on ... it made it a bit taller than i would like and one day i will get around to looking at a better arrangement for it

    regards david

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    The N4400 has a low table, and so it is possible to add wheels below it. My base is just a couple of 4x2s ...



    This will provide an idea of the height after the wheels ...



    Perfectly happy with this over 7 or 8 years.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone.
    I think I'll probably go with the mobile base/ ply insert option, raising the machine a few centimetres might be a good thing.
    I still have a few weeks to decide.

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    Hi Barramonday,
    I have been using my N4400 for over three years and I built my own mobility kit that works just fine on this and all other machines. I have two fixed rear wheels and a twin wheel portable removable dolly that attaches to a small front bracket. Two adjustable leveling stops and also mounted on the front bandsaw frame. The dolly has a short lever action that lifts the unit off the ground that makes all heavy machinery easy to move. In the last few months the bandsaw is now in a fixed position as I only use it for re-sawing boards. I also fitted an extra 100mm dust port to the rear.
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    Got mine home yesterday. The 'kit' is just a pair of wheels on a steel bar with some spacers and locking rings. The lifter is similar to Paintman's, but a bit more robust in construction.

    However, they work surprisingly well. I have a steep, rough drive and the missus and I managed to push all 150+kg of the beast up with little trouble, and it's very easy to move around the shop (despite my sloping, pebble-dashed floor.) And when parked, it sits flat on the floor as normal - not on the wheels. As Derek mentioned, the lifter can be used on other hammer machinery - you can see the front bracket for it on Derek's A3 in the pic above. His A3 also has the official wheels on the back).

    Expensive, simple, but very effective.

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    Not only does my A3-31 have the mobility kit, but so does the K3 ...



    The N4400 was my first purchase, and I probably did not purchase the mobility kit for it because I was keeping down costs. Now, having become a little better adjusted to costs, I would probably have purchased it, as I did the other machines, since space is at a premium and occasionally I move machines to find an optimal position. In retrospect, however, it would not have made life much easier since the position of the bandsaw and slider do not move, and only the A3-31 does. If the bandsaw is to be moved, it needs to do so sideways (to make space for the drill press), and then the mobility kit would struggle with this.

    It’s a bit crowded in this half of a double garage ...



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    Derek, cars, especially the Porsche are waterproof.

    I have the mobility kit and use it every time I use the bandy. Quick, simple and easy, especially with the height of the N4400, safe.
    Pat
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    Pat, my Porsche is getting long in the tooth now ... a 2001 Boxster S. The soft top is the reason it lives in the garage over night (my wife's golf lives outside ). It is not as old as the '57 Porsche 356a I had before it (Gad, I miss that car! But woodworking was more important than restoration).

    Back to the mobility kit. I think it is only worth it if the bandsaw needs to be mobile, or if the bandsaw will be moved at some time. It is compact and does not cost much in the grand scheme of things, and especially if other Hammer machines are planned.

    Regards from Perth

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    I use the felder mobility kit, its a nice way to move a heavy machine around. If I had more space it (and my other big tools) would be bolted to the concrete though to really make them steady.

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