I recently got a Grizzly G0690 table saw and moved it into my workshop over my garage. I would have bought the saw sooner than I did, but I was worried about how hard it would be to get it up to a second story shop. I figured I’d share the process to give other people an idea what was involved and what worked for me in the hope it will help them with decisions and strategies.
The shop is above a two and a half car garage. An external stairway goes up the side of the building to a landing with a standard size door on the right. The stairs themselves are sturdy and can take plenty of weight, but the railings aren’t beefy enough to support the weight of a heavy machine.
Before ordering the saw, I downloaded the spec sheet from Grizzly’s web site. That let me know the dimensions and weight of each shipping crate. The G0690 comes in three crates. Two I can easily carry myself. The third weighs 460 lbs and is 24×30 x 43 in.
I measured the distance between the railings on the stairway, the landing (to make sure it could turn), and the width of the doorway (including the edge of the door) – the saw would fit, though the clearance between the rails would be tight.
I could get the weight down by unpacking the crate at ground level, but if possible I wanted to move it intact. If we dropped it or banged it around on the way up, its chances would be a lot better if it were still properly packed.
I’ve helped a lot of friends move over the years, so there were more people happy to help with this than could safely participate. The challenge was getting enough hands on the crate.
We ran two 2×4s through the pallet and screwed them in to the sides of it. They were around ten feet long, so we had 7+ feet sticking out of one side. We had an appliance dolly on the other side of the crate and, not trusting the dolly’s straps, used ratchet straps to attach the crate to the dolly. Finally, we looped a strap through each of the dolly’s handles.
This setup let four guys move the crate. As it went up the stairs, the dolly was on its back using its treads or wheels depending on whether it had crested each step. Two guys pulled on it from above, one on each of the straps. We used different lengths so one of us was a step higher than the other. Two more guys pushed from below, each standing between the 2×4s on different steps and each gripping both of them. With that many people, the trip up the stairs was actually pretty easy.
When we got to the top, we screwed a short board to the top step to prevent the dolly from rolling back down the stairs while we stood it up. This turned out not to be necessary – it didn’t try to roll – but we felt safer having it anyway. We had to remove the 2×4s to turn the dolly and roll it into the shop.
All told, two of us spent an hour and a half planning and setting up, and when the next two guys arrived the move itself only took fifteen minutes.
If I’d known how it would go, I would have ordered the saw a year ago.