The concept of the mobile base is to allow for moving the drying rack system around. This could be from one finishing bench to another, or to a heat source destination for final drying and curing.
The system is especially helpful for small items, like cabinet doors or shelving, window sashes, or short lumber stock.
We wouldn’t recommend racking anything longer than 6′ on the rack in conjunction with the mobile base. But for small items, consuming such a small amount of floor space to material drying, and then making it portable, is worthy of serious consideration.
The Erecta-Rack system itself fits the definition of a convenience tool to a ‘t’. The mobile base makes it that much more handy. Sometimes it is interesting to observe the efficiency gain that can occur when small to medium impact tools come together to create a notable overall process enhancement. The whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. If you have ever had to paint and dry a dozen window sash or cabinet doors, you know the rub.
We do not know if the mobile base will make it into production and become available for purchase, but our feedback to Erecta-Rack is that it should. We believe that contractors who use the Erecta-Rack system would, like us, appreciate not having to commit a fixed amount of floor space to material drying, when relocation to a designated drying area post finish is often preferable. Attempting to move a non-castered rack system is the highest risk of rack collapse, which is catastrophic during prefinishing.
For readers who are not familiar with this drying rack system, read our recent review in Tools of the Trade magazine.
If you are an ER user, please comment below with opinions on this concept.