Carrying heavy and bulky 4 x 8 sheet materials around the shop is hard enough, much less lifting them to horizontal and feeding them through a table saw. Wouldn’t it be great to have a support system on wheels that can help you do both tasks?
Portamate’s new PM-1800 Panel Carrier offers a solution: it is designed to do double duty, saving you from back strains and making it safer to cut large sheet goods on your table saw. Made of tubular steel, the Panel Carrier has a hand-truck style handle with a 2-1/4-in.-wide bottom lip that can support two to three sheets at a time. The handle is mounted to a fold-open base that triangulates to form a vertical stand for loading sheet goods, plus of pair of 6-in.-dia. inline rubber wheels that help you roll the material to your saw. Once there, the black handle can be swiveled and locked to horizontal, and telescoping arms enable it to be raised or lowered to between 28 and 40 inches, so you can adjust its height to meet your saw table. Then, you can then use the Panel Carrier as an infeed stand for feeding the sheet through the saw.
When not in use, the PM-1800’s stand folds flat for storage.
“It’s a cumbersome job to cut materials such as plywood and other large, hard-to-carry materials without assistance,” says Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Portamate’s parent company Affinity Tool Works. “We designed the Panel Carrier to allow an individual to more easily move, position and cut a full sheet of plywood on a table saw when they don’t have assistance.”
Rated for a 350-lb. load capacity, the Portamate PM-1800 sells for $109. It can be purchased now through select Portamate dealers, and it will be available on Portamate’s online store in March. To find a Portamate dealer in your area, click here, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Or call 866-588-0395. To watch a video of the PM-1800 Panel Carrier in action, click here.