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Old 12-28-19, 04:07 PM
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Affordable Base Plate for a Pro Stand?

I've got a couple of park tool professional stands, 1 bike and 2 bike. In the past they were bolted to the floor but since moving that hasn't been an option and the plywood I've been using has been too flexible. Although I can understand the need for high shipping park tool wants an obscene amount of money for a piece of steel with some holes drilled in it. I've had no luck finding a shop here on Long Island that sells steel plate. Anyone else cobbled something together to make these work?
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I haven't, but found this: https://www.metalsdepot.com/steel-pr...SABEgKgwPD_BwE Or you could watch Craigslist for a used diamond plate toolbox for a truck, that could be cut up.
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Not for bike stands per se, but I've seen work stands and fixtures attached to an old car or truck rim -- choose a size for the amount of weight and stability that you want.
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There has GOT to be a scrap metal dealer in Long Island, that will sell steel or aluminum plate by the pound..
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My first Park pro stand is still used (fixed a flat tire last night on it) and has a plywood sheet base I made in 1987 for it. It consists of three squares of 3/4" thick plywood, 3', 2' and 1' squares screwed and glued. The stand had, in addition to the usual column base flange, a plate (maybe 8" on edge) which spread out the flange's contact with the plywood. At some point about 6" of one edge of the 3' base layer was sawed off. The only change I might make is to add leveling feet as the wood isn't too stable over time and floors are never really flat. Andy

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Find you local metals supplier and ask them to quote a piece of A-36 steel 3/8" inches thick plasma cut to 24" x 24"

They will cut it to size and charge you by the pound plus a cutting charge. It will come in at about 61 pounds. You will most likely have to drive there to pick it up unless they will deliver it to a commercial address near you.

This will be a lot cheaper than having it shipped.
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Old 12-28-19, 07:29 PM
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I have mine bolted to a heavy truck brake drum. Nice and stable for all but the heaviest bike.
Easily obtainable at any heavy truck repair facility. A worn out drum works just fine. You might have to pay scrap price, but that won't be much.
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I have the same circumstance...the single should be fine with a half sheet or so of a 3/4” plywood, bolt the stand in the corner...the 2 bike, maybe a whole sheet...maybe double up on at the bolt area.
One of my singles has angle iron feet...very stable...I do kick the front foot occasionally...the other single actually came with the plate...this is where I got the idea to bolt the stand in the corner of the half sheet...the double stand, I like the idea of the full sheet of plywood...stability and short $!
The metal plate on the single stand moves sometimes when I step on it as I’m working on my bikes...
pics coming...
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Old 12-28-19, 07:45 PM
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Very stable!

Kinda sticks out till you get a bike on it, sorta...

Cement floor vs steel plate...very stable, but it does rock when I step on it...

Allows me to stand the double stand outa the way...

Maybe I can use a full sheet of plywood for the double and the single stands...hmmmm...
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How many shops have an Avocet magnetic ring lying about on the floor? Andy
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Ruh Roh!
Actually might have seen the rest of setup recently...about 8’ of wire was wrapped around the forks and handlebars...
I built six bikes to take to Penn. on vacation, must’ve come off one of them...
I keep the computers for some reason...gotta consolidate them...
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I'm in the same boat- mine has a custom made wood base that works, but sticks up 3 or 4".

Been looking around, but both metal fabricators in my area have closed down, & it the whole project is not on the A list.
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth View Post
I've got a couple of park tool professional stands, 1 bike and 2 bike. In the past they were bolted to the floor but since moving that hasn't been an option and the plywood I've been using has been too flexible. Although I can understand the need for high shipping park tool wants an obscene amount of money for a piece of steel with some holes drilled in it. I've had no luck finding a shop here on Long Island that sells steel plate. Anyone else cobbled something together to make these work?
You are right. Plywood is flexible. Get 4x4 lumber and cut an 8 footer into a to 40" lengths and drill holes near the end. I'm new here so I can not post links to photos but the idea is to think about 4" thick lumber, not 3/4" plywood
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Old 12-29-19, 07:19 AM
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Never thought of that one . They just seem to deal in whatever junk gets hauled in and aren't interested in hanging on to flat sheets that might randomly show up. I've also called all the metal fabricators I could find and they just deal in thin, decorative stuff or fencing.
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Old 12-29-19, 07:41 AM
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How many shops have an Avocet magnetic ring lying about on the floor? Andy
I had to go back and look. Sure enough, there it was. I'm still using an Avocet 20 on one of my bikes. I like the quick updating of the 4 magnet ring.
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Never thought of that one . They just seem to deal in whatever junk gets hauled in and aren't interested in hanging on to flat sheets that might randomly show up. I've also called all the metal fabricators I could find and they just deal in thin, decorative stuff or fencing.
Start calling welding shops. I can't believe in one of the largest metro areas in the country this can't be obtained almost instantly.

Talk to the scrap guys cruising the alleys in old beat up pickups with plywood sides. I'd bet they would take an order and have it within days.
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I've had no luck finding a shop here on Long Island that sells steel plate.
No shipyards on Long Island that will sell scrap deck plate?
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Russ- If you're still looking in a few weeks let me know and I'll poke about here. I have a car drive due heading in your direction sometime soon and if I can find a suitable plate locally I could meet you and we could do a deal. But I would suggest wood or some other lighter weight base then a 75lb steel plate. Having moved mine across state boarders 3 times... Andy
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Never thought of that one . They just seem to deal in whatever junk gets hauled in and aren't interested in hanging on to flat sheets that might randomly show up. I've also called all the metal fabricators I could find and they just deal in thin, decorative stuff or fencing.
I used to live in Bellmore, LI and there was a wrought iron place just south of Sunrise Highway just off Bellmore Ave that I used for metal fabrication, here is their website, https://bellmoresteel.com/ not sure how close to you that might be. Might be worth a call.

Also was thinking that one of those older wrought iron bases for a large floor fan (48") stand might work if you can find one in a junk yard.
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Old 12-29-19, 02:20 PM
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I'm still using an Avocet 20 on one of my bikes.
Can you look around for a sextant and an abacus? I really like those for...

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I used to live in Bellmore, LI and there was a wrought iron place just south of Sunrise Highway just off Bellmore Ave that I used for metal fabrication, here is their website, https://bellmoresteel.com/ not sure how close to you that might be. Might be worth a call.

Also was thinking that one of those older wrought iron bases for a large floor fan (48") stand might work if you can find one in a junk yard.
Bellmore is close enough, I'll give them a call. I've checked plenty of places like this and they seem to deal in thinner pieces. Your fan base idea could be perfect and I'm betting those turn up on craigslist a lot.

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Start calling welding shops. I can't believe in one of the largest metro areas in the country this can't be obtained almost instantly.

Talk to the scrap guys cruising the alleys in old beat up pickups with plywood sides. I'd bet they would take an order and have it within days.
You'd be amazed, Since moving to LI I've found the ability to acquire the tools and materials I need to be dismal unless I mail order. Nearest woodworking supply places are 1-1.5 hours from me, one only sells tools the other only sells wood and they're in opposite directions from each other; neither offers large power tools. Metal places are either craftsmen/contractors who don't resale or wholesalers who don't deal with the public.

Appreciate all the answers, they've given me some new things to look at and I'll try a new wood base that's thicker.
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I have mine bolted to a heavy truck brake drum. Nice and stable for all but the heaviest bike.
Easily obtainable at any heavy truck repair facility. A worn out drum works just fine. You might have to pay scrap price, but that won't be much.
I finally got around to taking some pics. The brake drum makes it easy to move it around the shop. Just tip it and roll it


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If you build a base out of wood of any sort, consider buying a couple sacks of sand to weight it down for additional stability. You know, the kind of sand they sell in 50-lb sacks to carry in your car trunk during winter. Should only cost a few bucks.
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I've got a couple of park tool professional stands, 1 bike and 2 bike. In the past they were bolted to the floor but since moving that hasn't been an option and the plywood I've been using has been too flexible. Although I can understand the need for high shipping park tool wants an obscene amount of money for a piece of steel with some holes drilled in it. I've had no luck finding a shop here on Long Island that sells steel plate. Anyone else cobbled something together to make these work?
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I did a quick google search and many came up here are a few..I am sure you can also find it at any metal scrap yard and drill the holes yourself.
You might also try a car or truck wheel...
Good Luck, Ben
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