After considering asking some friends to come help me move the Unisaw and drop it from the furniture cart to the floor, which was a total of five inches, I decided to take this task on myself. I have no doubt they would have had no issue in doing so, but I figured I’d save everyone involved the risks of crushed toes, fingers and the possibility of a hernia. The saw cabinet and top probably weigh in at about 525lbs or so. Besides it’s close to the holiday and I’m sure they all have other commitments.
Uni in Latin means one and I decided I was the one to do this alone. Architects are inventors and solvers of design problems. During my career in construction, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in projects that involved placing very large machinery into buildings and so I used that experience to do the same here.
I got to the shop in the late afternoon after picking up a few 2×4s that I needed. I also had some 4×4 cedar posts in the back of my truck that were left over from constructing raised planter beds in my yard two summers ago. Those items along with four 18” lengths of threaded rod, some washers, nuts and screws was all that was needed to set my new Delta Unisaw down on the shop floor very gently. The whole event took a little over 3 1/2 hours from start to finish and that was including assembling the Shop Fox mobile base and cleaning the Cosmaline off of the top. In the end I chose not to use the mobile base as I won’t have a need to move the saw about the shop at any time.
The following is a photo essay, from start to finish, of how this was achieved.
In the end, this was actually a very fun project. There’s a certain satisfaction in overcoming what at first seemed like a somewhat difficult endeavor. On the way home I stopped at one of my favorite craft brew distributors and had them fill up a jug to celebrate. So cheers everyone :) I’m enjoying my porter and a pizza for dinner :)
Tomorrow I get to set the saw up and make some sawdust!
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)