Bicycle Mechanics - Park PRS-2 Stand: Floor Base Options WOTL?
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Just picked up a second hand PRS 2 work stand, without a base. One option is bolting it to the floor. But I bet there are better ideas, and ones that don't cost $200 or more (the Park base).
Would appreciate any input on thrifty solutions!
Contact a local job shop. Tell them you want to buy a piece of 1/4 plate. What are the park ones are, about 3' square i think. Should be about a 5 minute shear job. But will take longer if they have to set up a lazer to do it.
08-12-10, 03:06 PM
Flip it upside down and bolt it to the ceiling (into a beam or joist) and then rotate the arms around so the clamping handle is back on top.
There is a shop in Everett Washington that has their repair stands suspended from the ceiling.it is actually kind of a neat idea and you have relatively unencumbered access to both sides of the bike (with a double sided stand you might still be a bit encumbered).
08-12-10, 03:15 PM
A doubled piece of 3/4" plywood about the size of the factory Park base plate. Glue and wood screw the two pieces together to make a 1-1/2" thick base and bolt the Park's base to it with the biggest diameter carraige bolts that will fit the holes. Insert the bolts with the heads underneath and counterbore the underside of the wood so the bolt heads are flush. Use washers and nuts to fasten the upright in place. Sand the edges and corners smooth and paint the base with whatever paint and color you happen to have lying around.
Some good ideas, thanks! I would prefer to not permanently mount it to the floor. I have low ceiling height with lots of utility runs (basement), otherwise, the overhead suspended route sounds very appealing.
Took a quick look at Amazon. The base for the dual head stand like mine is approximately 24 inches by 36 inches by 7/16 thick and weighs in at 118 pounds! Now that is one stout base...
Hopefully 24 x 36 x 1/4 inch would be stong enough. (that thickness would weigh about 67 pounds).
It isn't wise to just bolt it to the floor, because the bolt pattern is so small and it'll tend to work loose. Park makes a fairly inexpensive (I might even have one) 1' square plate to enlarge the bolt pattern for those who want to bolt it to the floor.
Other options are a cardboard drum with concrete poured in to a depth of 4-5". Or you can also make a trip to the scrapyard and look for something like a floor fan base, or whatever can support the stand by virtue of it's weight or size. If they're ripping up a street nearby, see if you can promote the used manhole cover.
My stand is an older style (or maybe it was modified in the past). It has a threaded pole, that fits into a pipe flange.
08-13-10, 07:37 PM
I was considering buying a stand like that last year. I was simply going to bolt the flange to a 4'x4' peice of 3/4 plywood. I think if you put it about 6" to 8" in from one corner you will get more than enough support.
used manhole cover.
I like that!
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