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Forum topic by zake1000 posted 03-15-2016 03:15 AM 368 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zake1000

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03-15-2016 03:15 AM

Hi,
Sorry if the title is a bit confusing. I currently have a separate router table (purchased many years ago), and a contractor type saw. I am in the market for the SawStop PCS175 with the 36” fence, and I’m looking to consolidate the router (lift) on the right hand extension of the SawStop. The only catch is the it has to all be mobile (1 car garage). There are projects from other members that built a torsion box and cabinet with the saw on top, the only problem is that it is using the contractor style saw (with the legs removed).
I am debating mounting the saw on a sort of base, but I am concerned about that raising the height of the saw (I’m not very tall, 5-8).
SawStop is offering a free mobile base with the purchase of any cabinet saw, and while that will definitely lift the saw with the extension and legs off the ground, it wil lnot do that for an attached cabinet.
So the options I am considering are:
Mobile torsion box (raises the height of the saw)
Using some sort of metal (like superstrut) to attach the saw to that has casters on it.
Is anyone aware of any builds that have a professional or industrial saw with a router table cabinet that is mobile?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 11:35 AM

I have an ICS on their mobile base. While it’s expensive, it may solve a few problems for you. For one thing, the saw sits flat on the floor (not sure if this is how the ICS base works). In my case 5’7”, I actually had to put a piece of plywood under the cabinet to add 3/4” height…this was to make it taller than my workbench, not so much for me. It lifts with a hydraulic jack, and it would easily lift the extension with a router in it (I doubt the cabinet idea would work). So, maybe consider getting the ICS base, and use it with just the router in the table; have the cabinet made so it’s on casters and slides under the router once the saw is sat in place? I did that with a cabinet that holds my saw paraphernalia. The T glide fence rails are plenty stout to lift the extension.

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 02:07 PM

Thank you for the suggestion Fred. That’s certainly an option as well. My concern with the right extension table not being supported (with a router and lift which makes it heavy) is that the extension (not the cast iron extension, but the wooden webbing) would take too much stress from the weight (and having the tablesaw fence attached to that is worrisome). It’s ok to lift the legs, but I’m.not too confident with lifting more than that if it’s not being supported by other means as well (like the cabinet would).

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 05:42 PM

I don’t think that will be a problem, but maybe someone else has tried it already and has a first hand opinion. The table is supported on both sides by 1/8” thick angle iron. I have an Excalibur overarm guard hanging on mine. Now the weight of that guard is carried to the floor, but the side load (pressure from the overhang) is squarely on the extension, and it hasn’t shown any change in flatness in 15 months. The extensions do have a web on the bottom (like a torsion box without the bottom skin) and they seem to be fairly stiff. Anyway, I hope you can work it out!

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