Setting Up Shop #1: How to get a 500 lb table saw out of your truck - alone

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 08-19-2011 02:53 AM 3458 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop is about 40 minutes from town. So when I got a great deal on a saw and I wanted to get it set up right away, I didn’t want to wait a week or two to get a couple buddies to help me. I wanted to do it right then! Home Depot used a fork lift to place it in the back of my truck. It would be up to me to get it out.

So the first step would be to disassemble the packing as much as I could to lighten it.
Starting with the metal frame…

There were actually several distinct boxes within the crate and if I could get them out separately I would make the rest easier.

Having lightened it as much as I could I grabbed a couple of oak boards, 5/4×10” x 10 ft long and the saw at this point was light enough that I could tip up on one side at a time and slide a board under each runner.

Okay, at this point it gets a little dicey. I want to inch the saw backwards until it just tips the boards and then slide it down the incline to the shop floor. One piece of advice, make sure the boards are the same length off the back of the truck.

So you can see, I missed disaster by only a little bit!

Actually the toughest part was tipping the saw on it’s side to remove the skid from the bottom, and then getting it back upright.

Then the directions for assembly… Notice the following picture. The packages of parts are labeled “For Figure A, B, C” but in the manual the figures are numbered! What fun!

But to make a long story short, I eventually got it together and all set up.

Note: This was actually in 2009 and the shop has changed a lot since then. But I think the experience is still instructive. I don’t recommend this technique to anyone!

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 03:01 AM

When I bought my 3650 second hand, 6 guys helped me load it into my truck. Unfortunately I failed to plan on having 6 guys help me unload it. I took it apart, piece by piece from my truck bed and managed to get it down by myself. Never again, I’ll just wait for help.

Great ingenuity with the ramp, wish I would have thought of that, rather than muscle it down.

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 03:10 AM

I would have dug holes for the tires of the truck to get it level with the floor :-)

You sure are a crazy and lucky man!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 03:14 AM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-19-2011 03:24 AM

Been there done that. Mine was also loaded with a forklift. Getting it out was also up to me at home. I asked my wifes ex to come over with his service truck, electric hydraulic crane mounted to the bed rails. It made life so much easier…..LOL

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#5 posted 08-19-2011 03:32 AM

Did the same thing. Bought mine and completely, I mean completely took it apart and put it back together again. 2 days. Enjoy, I think it’s a great saw. Watch your fingers, it will cut them, I know.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 03:59 AM

Wifes ex making life easier. You don’t hear that very often.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 04:08 AM

I took mine out – in the box – nearly the same way you did. The only difference was my planks were a little longer and I set them on saw horses until they we past the tailgate and them lowered them to the ground. The extra length helped me with leverage.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 04:13 AM

^Don, I was thinking the same thing.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 05:59 AM

I bought my R4511 used and it took 3 of us real big guys to muscle it into my truck. When I got it home, it was just me and my brother so we took the top off and goodness gracious is that granite HEAVY!! When I movedit to my new house I was down to just myself, so I had to separate the wings from the top. Turns out ingenuity and desire can allow you to figure out ways to things you otherwise didn’t think you could!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#10 posted 08-19-2011 06:26 AM

I have this mounted to a beam in my garage. For less than $50, what seemed like the impossible became ridiculously easy for one person to do.

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#11 posted 08-19-2011 11:58 AM

Wow! Very glad it worked out. I might have tried the same but only if I were
to tie those boards together (top and bottom).

-- Jay in Changsha

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#12 posted 08-19-2011 11:23 PM

As Jay said, tying the boards together is one thing to do for safety. Also, you can rig eye bolts in the hold-downs on your truck and rappel the heavy article down.Just give it a push over the edge, then control the slide. That wouldn’t have helped upend it to get the skid off (unless you tipped it off the truck bed when unloading).

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 08-19-2011 11:57 PM

There are several good ideas here I wish I had thought of. But maybe those will be useful to someone reading this and thinking about buying a saw. I hope I don’t have to buy one for some time to come :)

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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