Unisaw upgrade #1: Part 1

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Blog entry by hairy posted 10-12-2009 01:13 AM 6030 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How do you pickup a tablesaw by yourself? Here’s what I did.

The mobile base was a piece of trash when I bought this. The former owner said he had nothing but trouble with it. I replaced the lift caster, and it almost worked, but didn’t last.

I finally went and got the Rockler all terrain mobile base,and the B set of extensions.

I cut a 4×4 in half, and placed them crossways under the table. Then another crossways under them.These were all held together with clamps. I then placed the base of a ramp used for getting a vehicle off the ground as a base for a hydraulic jack. Here’s how I did that.

Then it was just using the jacks to get the saw off of the base. I used a stand roller to stabilize the end of the table after it was up.

With the saw off of the ground , now I could move the old base out of the way. I cut a piece of plywood to fit inside the. base. Then I slid the new base into position and lowered the jacks. About this time, the guy next door comes over with some boards he wants me to cut. It was cool, I was ready to remove the 4×4’s and jacks.After I took care of him, I bolted on the legs to the base.All of this took about 2 hours.

I wish I had done this before, this mobile base is a good one.

I have some more plans for the saw in the works, I hope they are as successful as this.

-- My reality check bounced...

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 01:23 AM

That is a good looking saw! and i like the base and the innovations u used to make it a 1 man job!

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 01:29 AM

Way to go Hairy: That’s using the old noodle! Always a way to skin a kitten, just by thinking.

My old daddy used to say “you’re head’s used for more than just setting a hat on”

Looks like a nice UniSaw. I really like mine. It’s a ‘09 X5, 5 hp, and that sucker is a beast, These saws will handle anything you throw at them, with no problem.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 01:36 AM

Great idea on the one man lift. How do you like those wheels? Is it easy to steer the saw around the shop and do they feel stable/sturdy enough?


-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 01:37 AM

Excellent job Hairy…very, very cool.
Thanks for taking the time to record the stages and techniques and posting it here.

Being able to move stuff is a very big—dominating—deal.

I’ve had my eye on this for some time now.

I’m gonna have to break down and get one (or more) of those mobile base systems.

All the best.


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#5 posted 10-12-2009 01:42 AM

Good thinking well done.

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 02:22 AM

Thanks, fellas!

Bob,it seems pretty sturdy. The plywood insert is 48” long. Before installing it, I stood on the stretchers, one foot on each. It held up well. Each wheel locks,the 2 wheels farthest away from the cabinet are the steering wheels, the other 2 are fixed.It rolls very easily.

-- My reality check bounced...

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 03:12 AM

Now that is a good idea. I would not have thought of it.

When I put my saw together in April I had resigned myself to trying to coordinate my two sons and a neighbor to get it on the mobile base. This pained me because, if there is a way to do something by myself I generally try to find it. Fortunately I had to have my electrical box upgraded and the electricians volunteered to help me lift the saw onto the base.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 06:39 PM

Cribbing and bottle jacks. Must remember this for the future.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 05:51 AM

I noticed on another post you were asking about dust collection to your saw. I have a similar Delta to yours, I used a standard 4 1/2” X 15” by 6” diameter heating connection that was a straight fitting, in other words the dust flex pipe did not make a bend like the fitting you are using. I can send a photo if interested. I have been working on the dust system for a few months now (a clear vu system) and still have a ways to go.
Bruce Ebling

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 12:03 AM

Thanks, Bruce! That would be great! It will be awhile before I can work on it, but any help is appreciated. I’ve got a good collector hooked to it, but there’s a lot of sawdust up on the top when I’m done. I know 1 thing I need is a zero clearance insert, that might help.

I went and got some magnetic sheets,8 &1/2×11 at Staples. I will cut them , and place them around the handwheel holes, maybe that will do something.

2 heads are better than 1 on a problem. Thanks!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 12-12-2011 06:05 AM

Nicely done.

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