I finally saved up enough to buy a cabinet saw that can handle everything I’ll be able to throw at it for many years to come. My old Ridgid TS2410LS is a great saw, but it doesn’t have the cutting capacity for big jobs, it’s dusty, and it’s LOUD.
My new saw is a 3HP Saw Stop Professional Cabinet Saw with the 36” fence, industrial mobile base, and overarm dust collection. I won’t bother doing another review of it – the ones on here are pretty accurate and I love the thing. All I’ll say is that the industrial mobile base is more than worth the extra $100 or so if you have a small shop. Because all 4 wheels rotate I can pivot this thing on a dime with no effort at all. It’s way easier to maneuver than the TS2410LS it replaced!
The big challenge for me was getting the damn thing home. I had it shipped to the store to save a significant amount on shipping. When I arrived at Woodcraft to pick it up they used a forklift to get the palette of boxes into the minivan (yes, it fit – It’s not the coolest thing to drive, but man it can sure haul a lot of stuff!).
When I got home, I had to improvise to get the thing out again. There was no way I was going to manhandle 400+ pounds of saw onto the garage floor and most of my neighbors are in no shape to do heavy lifting. Luckily, my 4”-thick Southern Yellow Pine workbench wan’t done yet (the benefits of procrastination) so I re-purposed it into a temporary unloading ramp. With it, my wife and I could easily lift the saw out by ourselves.
Here’s the improvised ramp and proof that a Honda Odyssey can haul just about anything. Notice that the bottom of my makeshift ramp is wedged against the 1/2” lip of the concrete garage floor so it won’t slip, and the stacks of lumber holding it up are doubled up pyramid-style to make VERY sure the ramp wouldn’t tip or slip off its supports:
To get the saw out my wife and I “walked” the palette to the back of the van, resting it on alternate corners, and then inserted a 2×4 to give us good lifting leverage as we lifted it out and slid it down the ramp. I handed my 7-year-old daughter the camera for this part (she loves to take pictures and did a great job!).
We had to get the saw all the way to the point where we could rest the center support of its loading palette on the ramp. Those wimpy 1/2” palette boards you see on its bottom would have snapped like twigs if we’d tried to pivot on them:
Then we just pivoted…
At the bottom I had old towels and cardboard to set the palette on…not to protect the floor but to make it easier to slide the thing where I wanted it.
After that, assembly time was about 6 hours (by myself) and uneventful. The only physically demanding parts were 1) pivoting the saw down into its base (my wife & I managed it as a team by walking the saw off a low platform into the base) and 2) getting the cast-iron top assembled (I did alone but had a few sore muscles afterwards!). Actually, there was one injury…I cut my finger on the sharp edge of the miter slot as I was wiping the packing grease off the table top. Dumb-ass move :) Good thing this baby has lots of safety features because I can be a clutz.
Here’s the finished product. Too bad you can’t see the big grin on my face. I’m one happy guy. I’ll have to update the shop pics soon.
-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright