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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 11-30-2011 07:51 AM 1066 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2011 07:51 AM

Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I am looking for advice on removing my unisaw from it’s mobile base. When I bought it second hand it came with the saw so I figured I might as well use it. Well that was about two years ago and saw hasn’t moved an inch in that time. I am looking at building a new out feed table and figured this would be a good time to remove the mobile base. Problem is that I have no idea how to lift the saw without screwing up the alignment of the top and/or the extension wings. I doubt these things are designed with lifting from the top in mind.

Lots of guys say they use engine lifts and my father in law has one I could use if needed. Should I just wrap heavy duty straps all the way around the saw and lift that way? And how do you work around the issue of the engine lift legs needing to be “under” what you are lifting? I only need to lift it a few inches but want to make sure I have a plan so I don’t end up breaking anything.

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 08:07 AM

I have used an engine lift multiple times. Be aware of where you route the straps and do not the straps lift on the wings. Try and keep them close to the body and you will be fine. I lifted my Oliver from the bed of my truck, Chevy 2500HD with an engine lift with no problems. Its 1100#!!

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 02:24 PM

Like MedicKen said, the engine lift will work fine. Follow his advice on just strapping around the table top. I used nylon load slings on mine. The legs will straddle the saw, depending on which direction you approach. BTW, just because the saw hasn’t moved in 2 years doesn’t mean it ever will. I bought mine with a mobile base in 2000, and since then it’s moved maybe 5-6 times (not counting the change in houses)....but each time I was really glad the base was under it!

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#3 posted 12-01-2011 07:57 PM

Depending on the design of the mobile base, you should be able to
tilt the saw easily and stick a piece of 2x material under one edge.
Then you go from there getting the saw up and over the side
of the base and onto the floor. You can also just tilt the saw
up and stick a piece of plywood under there, tip it back onto the
plywood, lift the back edge of the saw and then it’s sort of
sliding/grunting down the plywood towards the floor outside the
mobile base.

A unisaw only weighs about 400 lb. That’s an easy machine,
relatively speaking, for one guy to manhandle.

Having moved a lot of saws, it is my opinion that using the
top as a grip for walking and partial lifting does not usually
knock them out of alignment.

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 02:59 AM

I kinda agree with Loren, I put the mobile base under my General by myself, I just rocked it back and forth as needed. If you can disassemble the base to make it easier so much the better.

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 03:10 AM

Is the base causing any issues? Why not just keep it on if it’s not for that one day that you have to move it. Also, will the lower stance cause any issues? If you are tall you may be used to the added height.

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