PortaMate Universal Tool Base PM1000 Review

By Robert Robillard on Tool Review Videos

HTC PortaMate PM1000 Universal Mobile Base

The folks at HTC recently sent me their Port-A-Mate PM-1000 adjustable mobile base, to evaluate and review.

Mobile tool bases are ideal for moving, storing or servicing larger tools in your workshop.  I have a small work shop and for me having all of my woodworking tools on mobile bases means I can store these tools against the wall and leave the center of the shop open for assembling operations.

With a mobile base, when I need to access a tool or run long boards through the machines I can simple roll it out into the open shopp floor to get the long lenths through the machine.

PortaMate Universal Tool Base PM1000 Video Review:


Putting together the PortaMate PM1000:

Ther kit comes with everything you need.  I decided to use the PM1000 on my heavy drill press.   I simply measured the drillpress base and thenn assembles the PM1000 to that dimension.  Fully adjustable mobile base features side rails and corner pieces with holes spaced every 1 inch to insure the perfect fit for your machine  Time on task was 20 minutes.

Getting this heavy drill press onto the PM1000 was the hardest part.   Once on the base the once immovable drill press rolled effortlessly across my shop floor.

PortaMate PM1000 Features:

  • Each side expands from 14-to-43-inches
  • Maximum Square 31-by-31-inches Maximum Rectangle 19-by-43-inches
  • Adjusts in 1-inch increments – all parts included
  • Foot level raise and lower tool with rubber leveling feet
  • 400 pound capacity

 The PM1000 was a perfect unit for my drillpress.   HTC has many different size bases to accomodate bandsaws, table saws, sanders, drill presses, jointers, planers, and much more.

 How much and where to buy:


The HTC PortaMate PM100 can be purchased online for $ 64.99 here:


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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

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Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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