SawStop Assembly #1: First Step: To Stand the Cabinet Saw Upright...

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 04-25-2016 03:02 PM 670 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I planned this purchase for a year. I got delivery this past Saturday.

How can a single person lift and insert a heavy cabinet saw into a mobile base? Below is the method I used. Of course, I have a big advantage in this issue because of an overhead crane system I had installed in my garage back in 2009.

This is one of those times where my electric overhead crane pays for itself.

My brother Kyle watched his sons Kayleb and Chad and daughter Chanile hang the I-beam to the ceiling trusses. This was back on July 4, 2009. My father was here to watch this construction. He made sure we all could and would work hard. Dad had to leave before we were done because he was one of two honorees in his local town parade, WWII vets.

I rented two drywall lifts to pin the I-beam to the ceiling. My brother and nephews brought their ladders and tools. Chad fed and hung the U bolts in the attic across the ceiling trusses. Clive with his expertise did the electrical and assembled the crane lift and installed it on the I-beam.

I removed the cardboard and styrofoam packing material around the base of the prone SawStop saw so I could get my straps underneath the cast iron table top.

I positioned the tie-straps to the crane lift so I could get the table upright.

I have stood this cabinet saw up from a prone position. Now I will readjust the straps so I can lift the cabinet saw straight up in the air so it will clear my mobile base, just a few inches from the floor.

I have adjusted the straps so now when I lift the saw it will rise straight up a few inches above the floor so I can position the mobile base directly under the cabinet saw.

Slowly lowering the saw until it sits in the mobile securely.

There she sits in the industrial mobile base.

What makes this base better than the optional integrated professional mobile base?

Here is my opinion: (1) four casters instead of two casters in the integrated professional mobile base which also has two hidden rollers inside the cabinet, (2) an hydraulic foot pump to raise the cabinet off the floor instead of a foot lever to tilt the cabinet onto the roller and casters, and (3) a soft release to place the cabinet back on the floor instead of a quick drop release that the operator would have to kind of hold up with their legs and arms strength on order to keep the cabinet from slamming onto the shop floor.

Also with the four casters it should be much easier to move and maneuver the heavy cabinet saw around the shop.

I believe a garage shop should have every tool and table be very mobile.

From here the rest of the assembly should be very methodical, simply by following the instructions and using the correct part.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 09:06 PM

I have that saw and base and love both. I am tall so I built a platform to put in the base to raise it. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice hoist but used an engine lift.

Have fun putting it together..the instructions are great.

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 10:01 PM

I am discovering like other owners assembling this saw is that the parts, materials and the instructions are outstanding. All i need to do is take my time to read the instructions and follow them to a Tee.

So far I have discovered only one part missing. That was one of two M6 lock washers. I went to my storage bin and pulled out a similar sized SAE washer made from nickel. That’s the only difference I have found. I am sure it will work perfectly in the original parts place.

After a nice nap I will pick up at the assembly of step 7, putting together the 36 inch extension table. Let’s go…

-- --- Happy Howie

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