Whether in the shop or on the job site, there always seems to be a need for stands to
support long or awkward workpieces,
particularly when feeding or catching
long offcuts on a table saw. The new
Bora Portamate PM5093 Deluxe Pedestal Roller offers three solutions in one
to this challenge.
The PM5093 is basically a bipod
stand with extensions to give it a stable
footprint but still keep it easily portable. The best part of the stand is the
quick-change feature on top that allows
you to instantly change between the
three most popular work stand options:
roller, ball bearings or fixed bar.
With sturdy all-steel construction, the
PM5093 is plenty strong for most applications. It is officially rated to hold
up to 200 pounds. The two legs mount
into a triangular fixture that braces
them securely when engaged but allows
them to fold up for transport.
One of the common problems with
work stands is how the center column
locks – or doesn’t – to support weight
without slipping. This stand’s center
column has a tapered design that
means that gravity and weight actually
wedge the column tighter against the
The quick-change feature for the
three different support systems is clever
and easy. Without tools, you simply lift
up the bracket and flip it over to one
of the three modes. The big roller is
great for ripping long boards on a table
saw. The roller ball fixture is helpful
with unusual shapes and pieces that
might need to change direction while
still being supported, such as position-
ing a piece in a drill press. The fixed
bracket is the right support when you
just need a long end supported while
you are working on the other end, such
as crosscutting a long board or holding
a piece for gluing.
How it works
Sturdy and simple, the PM5093 performed excellently in all of our tests.
It was great to change to a different
support system as the work required.
When out of the shop and on a job site
with uneven ground, a leveling feature
on one of the stand’s feet kept the unit
stable. The wedged center support
never let the stand slip while supporting work.
Our only complaint is that when
switching between the three stand
modes, the height of the stand changes
and must be readjusted, but that’s just
a minor inconvenience for a very useful
stand. You can learn more about the
unit at www.boratool.com. ;
by Will Sampson
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William Sampson is a lifelong
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The Bora Portamate PM5093 is a
work stand that can instantly change
between three different work support
modes: roller, roller bearings, and