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noone

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07-25-2016 04:25 PM

I’m thinking ahead of my cabinet saw purchase and am wondering what the easiest and cheapest way of safely placing a 650lb table saw on a mobile base.

I’d rather not purchase a chain hoist and I’m not even sure how I would attach a chain hoist in my finished garage.

I know I had trouble handling a 200lb drill press so I’m not sure if even 3 grown men could handle lifting this.

Thanks for the input!


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JayT

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#1 posted 07-25-2016 04:36 PM

Twelve pack of beer and a few strong backs. Not necessarily in that order :-)

You might be surprised at how having others to equal out the load helps. Three of us put a ~550lb Shop Fox cabinet saw on a mobile base very easily and none of us are very big guys. Three or four decently strong guys should be able to do it.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 04:40 PM

Floor jack and 2×4’s under wings. Worked fine for me.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 04:44 PM



Floor jack and 2×4 s under wings. Worked fine for me.

- rwe2156

Can you elaborate?

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 04:47 PM

My experience has been that it is easier to tilt a heavy saw than you might think.
Lift up one side of the saw either by just lifting or by using a lever. A lever might be a two by four with one end trimmed down to fit under the edge of the saw.
Put several blocks of wood under the saw.
Raise the other side.
More blocks.
Put in blocks at intermediate positions. These should be slightly shorter than the gap so that they just slide in.
Raise one side or end. Remove the closest blocks. Lower back on remaining blocks.
Slide mobile base part way in (until it reaches the next blocks)
Raise the side or end again. Put original end or side blocks back in.
Remove the intermediate blocks.
Slide the mobile base almost all the way in.
Put the intermediate blocks back in.
Tilt the other side or end up. Remove its blocks. Lower back onto the intermediate blocks.
Slide the mobile base into its final position. Attach to saw.
Tilt sides up as necessary to remove all blocks.
Lower saw down again.

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bosum3919

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 05:13 PM

Just a one man job for a country boy. Just bring the tractor around, place a few straps around the body and lift with the front end loader. It least that’s how I did mine. :) There are several good ideas here. The floor jack makes sense and also the lever system described above. It’s really not that difficult if you just think it through.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 05:20 PM

I’m not very good at asking for help so I tinkered until I figured out a way to put my old-school Unisaw on a mobile base by myself. It was a lot like Mikenln’s description. It was pretty tricky to slide wood under to prop one side up and then the other, and at one point I almost dropped the saw on my foot but I managed to set it up without injury to limbs or saws. If I would have had one person come and help me it would have been very easy and a lot less precarious.

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 05:21 PM



My experience has been that it is easier to tilt a heavy saw than you might think.
Lift up one side of the saw either by just lifting or by using a lever. A lever might be a two by four with one end trimmed down to fit under the edge of the saw.
Put several blocks of wood under the saw.
Raise the other side.
More blocks.
Put in blocks at intermediate positions. These should be slightly shorter than the gap so that they just slide in.
Raise one side or end. Remove the closest blocks. Lower back on remaining blocks.
Slide mobile base part way in (until it reaches the next blocks)
Raise the side or end again. Put original end or side blocks back in.
Remove the intermediate blocks.
Slide the mobile base almost all the way in.
Put the intermediate blocks back in.
Tilt the other side or end up. Remove its blocks. Lower back onto the intermediate blocks.
Slide the mobile base into its final position. Attach to saw.
Tilt sides up as necessary to remove all blocks.
Lower saw down again.

- Mikenln

This method worked good for me to remove a Jet base from under a 950lb Delta 12-14”, then place it under a Jet 18” band saw. I have gathered a collection of pry bars, sometimes old tire irons work well.

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#8 posted 07-25-2016 05:56 PM

I used an engine hoist (borrow or rent, or even buy a cheap one….they are really handy) and the tractor recently to move mine form the old place to the new. Loaded it with the hoist, and unloaded with the tractor. You do need some load slings (nylon straps with loops at each end) to wrap around the table near the cabinet of the saw. Piece of cake. PS, I paid $120 for my hoist from one of those traveling tool circus setups…really cheap 2 ton Taiwanese thing that is perfect for the occasional job.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bbasiaga

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 06:05 PM

If you get the sawstop, it comes on its back. You get 4 guys to help you tip it up in to the base. Not sure how other saws come.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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ADHDan

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#10 posted 07-25-2016 06:35 PM

Lift with your back, not with your legs.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 06:42 PM


If you get the sawstop, it comes on its back. You get 4 guys to help you tip it up in to the base. Not sure how other saws come.

- bbasiaga

Edit – The ICS comes in a crate strapped upright to a pallet.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 07-25-2016 06:46 PM

Mine didn’t (November of 2014). It was upright on a pallet, and well encased in a 1/4” plywood box. All the other stuff was in smaller corrugated boxes firmly (I mean really firmly) stretched wrapped to the saw packaging.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#13 posted 07-25-2016 06:48 PM


I used an engine hoist (borrow or rent, or even buy a cheap one….they are really handy) and the tractor recently to move mine form the old place to the new. Loaded it with the hoist, and unloaded with the tractor. You do need some load slings (nylon straps with loops at each end) to wrap around the table near the cabinet of the saw. Piece of cake. PS, I paid $120 for my hoist from one of those traveling tool circus setups…really cheap 2 ton Taiwanese thing that is perfect for the occasional job.
- Fred Hargis

Where do you attach the hoist to? I have a finished ceiling.

Am I over thinking this?

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Grandpa

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#14 posted 07-25-2016 07:07 PM

build a tripod with 3 landscape timbers. Tie them at the top with chain. Tie the bottom with 2×4 and lag screws. With this built over the saw you can use a cheap come-along and pick up a lot of weight. Should be pretty easy and not too expensive.

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 07-25-2016 07:33 PM

Sorry, I’ve always called them an engine hoist, but a lot of folks call them a “cherry picker” (don’t know how you would pick cherries with one) or maybe more correctly a “folding shop crane”. You can rent them quite reasonably.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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