|Synonyms:||roller stand, outfeed (or infeed) support roller;|
DE: Rollenbock, Rollenauflageständer, Materialständer
|Used with:||table saw, jointer-planer|
|Similar (More or Less):||sawhorses|
Our new outfeed roller is a great help with long workpieces that you can not easily cut or plane by yourself. While a table or sawhorse at the proper height may be okay sometimes, this tool is made especially for the task!
There is a single roller drum as well as a row of free-spinning balls. You can switch between them without tools because the side screws were kept loose enough. Caution: the two roller modes do not result in the same height!
Both have their pro's and con's:
- single drum
- pro: any workpiece width
- con: may pull or push workpiece out of its path - make sure to set it up straight!
- row of balls
- pro: workpiece can freely roll sideways
- con: narrow pieces may fall between balls - minimum width: enough to lie on two balls
Using an outfeed roller is simple, but you'll have to adjust it for every operation (at least on floors as uneven as ours)...
- find the distance where the outgoing workpiece is nicely supported without tipping
- set the height so it is in the same plane as the machine table
- not necessarily the same height as the table's edge! Best measured by a straightedge (or simply the workpiece), not spirit level
- if in doubt: better too low than too high, there should be no added resistance!