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Forum topic by opalko posted 02-21-2010 11:07 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2010 11:07 PM

I;m looking at a Unisaw on CL. I have a Dodge Ram pickup that can handle the load but I have no idea how I’d get the thing into the bed of the truck (just me & wife). The saw is not nearby and a bit of a drive. I don’t have access to a small trailer, although I guess I could rent a U-Haul? Recommendations?

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 11:10 PM

Either rent the trailor or get lots of help. That’s a dangerous amount of weight. Don’t take many chances

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 11:19 PM

Or take 2 days to take it all part by part. I did it myself that way…it was slow and I got to really know how to set it up, but it was a painful process

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 11:21 PM

Can you do some disassembly so you’re dealing with lighter “chunks”? I’m sure that it came in pieces and was assembled on site. That might be the best way to move it.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 11:22 PM

If I take it all apart will all the pieces fit in the back o the truck?

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 11:31 PM

I would disassemble the saw. Remove the top and extensions wings as well as the motor. The bouncing of the motor riding in the back could break the motor mounts or trunnion. It will also give you access for a better visual inspection. Either way, disassembled or not, it should fit in the truck.

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 11:45 PM

I moved my unisaw myself in my Dakota. Take off the fence rails, and you can “walk” it across a sheet of plywood. I moved it to the back of the tailgate, and carefully tipped the extension wing onto the tailgate. I then lifted the cabinet and swung it into the bed.

Maybe not recommended, but it wasn’t that difficult. Takes a little time, though.

-- Gerry,

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 12:34 AM

I would rent a low trailer. Even with the saw broken down each piece is plenty heavy. When I bought my PM66, we took the table top off, removed the rails, etc and it was still heavy enough that it took about 4 big guys to move it into the trailer. Also, with a low trailer, you can rent an appliance hand truck…the ones with the strap…and it makes it much easier to pull it into the trailer. But in any event, get some help….nothing worse than to wreck your back or drop the saw.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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