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Offline BrianJA

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mft/3 to heavy
« on: May 03, 2015, 03:49 PM »
i just got my MFT/3 last week and i love it. until i have to move it. it is a bit on the heavy side and needs some wheels or something to make moving it to and from the van easier. i do move from site to site about one a week as a field installer. And not with my new TS55 and MFT/3 i am able to do my installs faster have have to move more often. Not a bad thing but still a pain. i was thinking of making something like Tim's portable deal and adapting the MFT/3 to it. Thoughts?

Brian

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 04:17 PM »
If it was too light, you'd probably say it isn't heavy duty enough ;)

I too have Tim's plans, haven't got round to making them yet, but in my opinion, I would rather have that over the MFT

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Offline Locks14

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 04:34 PM »
If it was too light, you'd probably say it isn't heavy duty enough ;)


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I agree, you moan about the weight for the few minutes you have to shift it in to location at the beginning of the day and packing it up at night. But, you're glad of it for the 8 hours in between.

Fill it with lead for all I care, you can always use a sack truck if you haven't had a big enough breakfast to carry it.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2015, 04:42 PM by Locks14 »

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 05:08 PM »
I was thinking of making something like Tim's portable deal and adapting the MFT/3 to it. Thoughts?

I like Tim's portable table, but I don't see how it's going to be much lighter than an MFT (maybe it is) to lift in and out of a vehicle. After that it's easier to move around but invariably I have to lift it over steps etc....
I don't really like lifting my MFT's in and out of my vehicle and I dread taking them up and down the stairs, but I do use them everyday and they are indispensable.
Tim

Offline Chuck Kiser

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2015, 05:40 PM »
Rubbish! you just need to be big German guy like the Festool advertising shows. A folded MFT3 in one hand and a 4 stack of Sys 5's in the other. No problem, right?
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Offline BrianJA

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2015, 05:55 PM »
Rubbish! you just need to be big German guy like the Festool advertising shows. A folded MFT3 in one hand and a 4 stack of Sys 5's in the other. No problem, right?
great.
How much is the German Guy [eek]

Offline ewils91

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2015, 06:06 PM »
Rubbish! you just need to be big German guy like the Festool advertising shows. A folded MFT3 in one hand and a 4 stack of Sys 5's in the other. No problem, right?
great.
How much is the German Guy [eek]

He's NAINA... [crying]

Offline Ivan T

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2015, 06:19 PM »
i use a parfdog in one of the holes as a handle. Makes it easier to carry for me.

Offline John Beauchamp

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2015, 06:23 PM »
When I was only 55 or so I was that German guy. Now at 72 I need wheels on the mft so I can use it as a walker. It's not always complaining, sometimes it's just dealing with reality, the older I get the more things weigh.
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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2015, 07:06 PM »
This may come across the wrong way but it isn't meant to be offensive at all.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  You have all the tools to make a rolling "skate" type sled.  I have often considered making one for mine and still do as I regain my lost muscle strength after my health issues.  But until then my scrawny 145 lb self hoists the MFT up and carries it.

Constructively,

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Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2015, 07:11 PM »
I used to tote around my MFT even though it seemed heavy.

I think if I did that today, I'd need a Systainer or two to hold the shards of me...

There is a thread on here somewhere that shows a member adding a lawnmower type wheel attached to the T-Slot on the profile. I thought it was a really simple and elegant way to aid moving the table. It may have been Steve (Quas)?


I was about to post this and noticed that Peter just posted... Do you remember the post of which I'm thinking, Peter? You and Seth are pretty good at resurrecting those posts.


Thanks,

Tom

Offline rst

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2015, 07:40 PM »
Go to EBay and search for slab dolly.  I move sheet glass on similar wheeled assemblies.  I have not made one for my MFT as mine is used in the shop only.  It would not be hard to construct something similar that could be clamped to the MFT.

Offline RL

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2015, 08:45 PM »
I wouldn't like to carry the MFT/3 to and fro every day but if I had to move it on day 1 of a multi-day job when setting up, then I wouldn't complain.

I have a couple of MFT 800s and I prefer to use them when I have to bring a table for a short period of time. Perhaps you could try a Kapex MFT if you want something smaller, but I doubt its weight is much less?

Offline shaun.mcc

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2015, 09:37 PM »
I thought the same thing when I first got mine in the shipping box. I couldn't believe how heavy it was. I figured that when you have just the table (not the guide rail, fence, protractor head, etc. that it'd be easier...it is...but still awkward.

I thought the same thing - the German guy in the ad made it look so easy.

I'm 6'-2" and can lift it...I find the issue more about how to hold it. I like Ivan's idea! Any issues with breaking the knob or table that way?

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2015, 10:07 PM »
Tom,

I will go searching but I'll bet that Setn beats me to it.

Peter

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2015, 11:39 PM »
Here is the wheel and some other mods too. The wheel is the fourth or fifth post.

MFT Mods, by Qwas
« Last Edit: May 03, 2015, 11:47 PM by Qwas »

Offline Alex

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2015, 03:28 AM »
Here is the wheel and some other mods too. The wheel is the fourth or fifth post.

MFT Mods, by Qwas

Unfortunately the pictures disappear again. Any chance you can re-up them?

Offline bryan1982

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2015, 05:52 AM »


I use my mft for to install abd build kitchen cabinets

I put 2 x 9mm plywood tops on the mft the bottom one is cut away to have100mm boarder to make it lighter and then the top one to give an overhand for planing fillers ect

I love it

I dont use the ts on site but i could easally add it if needed

Cheers

Bryan

Offline fastbike

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2015, 09:56 AM »
As Peter mentioned, a skateboard style sled is trivial to make and works well. Frankly, when the legs are folded and secured, they are all the handle needed.
I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2015, 12:10 PM »
When I was only 55 or so I was that German guy. Now at 72 I need wheels on the mft so I can use it as a walker. It's not always complaining, sometimes it's just dealing with reality, the older I get the more things weigh.

Im 6'5 German, 250lbs and 30 years old and I have no issuses moving the mft or other tools.   Just a German tool made for strong Germans to use I guess.  LOL.  You can always try the gym lol. 

Offline jobsworth

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2015, 01:44 PM »
I used to have that problem carrying my MFT around.

Then I watched a documentary on this sailor. He swears by eating spinach he gets really strong. He demonstrated it a few times on the documentary.

But I can't understand why he ate it right out of the can.

But since I started eating it, I became strong to the finish...

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Re: mft/3 to heavy
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2015, 02:24 PM »
Here is the wheel and some other mods too. The wheel is the fourth or fifth post.

MFT Mods, by Qwas

Unfortunately the pictures disappear again. Any chance you can re-up them?

The pictures are re-upped ( [big grin]) and ready for viewing.