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01-30-2011 12:22 PM

The posts I’ve read have convinced me to order one of the Grizzly cabinet saws (probably the GO690). My question for some of you who may have that saw or similar one: How did you manage to get it into your shop, garage, or basement, and on to a mobile base?? Grizzly says they can arrange for lift gate truck delivery, but that still leaves is out at the curb! Any suggestions/experiences?
Thanks so much!

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 03:36 PM


Here’s what I did. I borrowed a friend’s pickup truck. He also has a ramp that he uses for loading his riding mower, so I borrowed that too. On the way to Grizzley, I stopped at Home depot and bought a solid hand truck with pneumatic wheels. That was about $45.

At Grizzley, I bought a G1023SL which is similar in size and weight to the G0690. They loaded it into the back of the pickup using a fork lift. I also bought a set of ratcheting tie-downs. I used these to secure the saw in the truck bed.

Once home, I opened the box and removed the cast-iron top which I strapped to the hand truck using one of the tie-downs. My shop is in the finished basement of my house which, because of the grade, has a full-size exterior door. To get to that door form the driveway, there are a series of large, irregular stone steps in two separate sets. Using the ramp to first get out of the truck bed, I carefully negotiated these steps with the hand truck. I repeated the process with the saw cabinet, although I did had a small mishap where the saw wasn’t correctly seated on the hand truck and it fell off and banged one of the rock steps. There is a resulting small dent and scratch on the cabinet, but no other lasting damage.

Once all the parts were inside the shop, I assembled the saw according to the instructions. I then assembled the mobile base. To get the saw on the base, I used some scrap lumber and an automotive floor jack to lift one side of the saw while I pushed the base partially under the cabinet. I then extended the cabinet feet so that wheels of the base were off the floor and lowered the saw partially onto the base. I then lifted the other side of the saw using straight muscle and pushed it onto the base in the proper position. It wasn’t easy and it helped that I’m a big guy with strong leg muscles.

The hand truck has proven to be useful. I’ve since used it to move the jointer and bandsaw I bought and to move the large cabinets that I’ve built since then.

I realize that this won’t work for everyone, but I managed to make it work. I don’t expect to move any time soon, so I suspect that the saw will remain where it is for a long time to come.

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 04:21 PM

In my case, I used my little Tonka truck sans camper shell and picked the G0690 up at the UPS Freight Hub. I bought a 1-ton hoist and hung it from the I-beam in my garage and using my tie-down straps I hoisted the saw to the ground after pulling my truck out from under it, and then proceeded with uncrating the saw and assembly.

The mobile base was an easy install. All it took was using the hoist to slightly lift a corner and slip one half the mobile base under the saw at a time. Then I bolted the two mobile base halves together. It did help that my shop is in a MetalMart 24×30 building with an I-beam running across the center. The hoist cost me $40 from HF.

I-beam in center of garage:

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 02:36 AM

I cheated, I had a forklift next door when mine arrived.

Just recently I did move the saw though, it took two people to move it by hand onto a trailer and off once we got to my new shop. It wasn’t very hard really although I did have a makeshift dolly that we used a bit that I made using 4 of Grizzly’s 4” HD swivel casters, it helped alot just rolling it around.

For the most part though, we just “walked” it by tilting it and swinging one side around at a time.

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 03:46 PM

Thanks to Sailor, Horizontal Mike, and bunkie for the great ideas!

I’m leaning toward putting a horizontal beam across my garage and using a chain hoist to unload the saw. It will also be useful for future loading or unloading. If I did the math right, I’m not getting any younger!

Thanks again

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 03:58 PM

Heck, all these highbrow ideas…. I was thinking two thirsty young bucks and a couple of six packs would do the trick.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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