Tow-bar helper

Europeans have some pretty good ideas for moving equipment, too. Phil Bumbalough snagged this tow-bar idea after checking out how hefty Italian-made multi-tools easily roll cross shop floors. Now, Phil uses one tow bar to move six tools in his Illinois shop.

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  • Tow-bar helper

    Europeans have some pretty good ideas for moving equipment, too. Phil Bumbalough snagged this tow-bar idea after checking out how hefty Italian-made multi-tools easily roll cross shop floors. Now, Phil uses one tow bar to move six tools in his Illinois shop.

  • Mating tow-bar and tongue

    To create his system, Phil welded a two-bar similar to what some Europeans favor to move tools around their shops. The tow-bar slips beneath the 1/4" thick steel tongue on his tool bases.

  • Slide the tow-bar in place

    With the tow-bar in the vertical position, the weight of Phil's tablesaw rests on two nonswiveling wheels and two front pads.

  • Life the base front end

    Pressing down on the tow-bar handle elevates the front wooden pads, making it a snap for Phil to reposition in his shop.

  • The mating pin and tongue hole

    A pin in the tow-bar (top) slips in the tongue where shown below. Lifting the tow-bar handle elevates the two front pads and shifts the weight to the 4"-diameter x2"-wide tow-bar wheel.

  • Simply storage

    When not in use, the tow bar hangs on Phil's wall-mounted cleat system. The tow-bar handle is welded from black pipe.

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