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BLarge

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939 days ago

So I think I am going to get a new cabinet saw, I figure I do enough projects that is makes sense to have a stalwart in the shop and no longer try to squeze percision out of the less that percise machinery….

My question, gents. The shipping weight on these puppies is 600lbs… I have a basement shop, do these come in enough small parts that I can bring them down without major issue?

I brought my jointer down, and that bed weighed as much as I did…

Thoughts?


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 939 days ago

Get some friends and a large appliance dolly. A hold back rope might also be handy.

Take lots of measurements to make sure that the biggest piece(s) will fit. Take your time and work very carefully.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#2 posted 939 days ago

A healthy man can move a cabinet saw down a set of stairs with
a hand truck. The wings of the saw come off and they weigh
40-50 lbs apiece and the fence won’t be on there either when
you move it. At that point you’ll be dealing with about 300 lbs.
for a unisaw-type saw. Larger saws may be heavier.

If you have a helper, one guy in front and one in back holding the
truck back. Bump, bump, bump, one stair at a time.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 939 days ago

I’d turn it upside down and slide it down 2 planks. I hate the bump, bump, bump part. You’ll definitely want a hold back rope, and if I’m the guy in the front, I need to trust the guy on the hold back rope.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 939 days ago

I helped a friend get his cabinet saw into the basement and we did a combo of both your methods. We hooked a winch to a truck and lined the stairs (a straight shot) with wood. We bound the saw, connected it to the winch, and just eased it down. It was friggin terrifying. I used a floor jack to move the heavy stuff in my shop. I’d like to buy one of those, just to have it around. You could always hit up CL and find some guys to move it. I just never wanted strangers in my shop.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bill White

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#5 posted 939 days ago

You need good friends and good luck.
Bill

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BLarge

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#6 posted 939 days ago

thanks for the replies guys… maybe it would be best to just hire a moving company? Two big dudes can probably handle 300lbs down the stairs if I brace the stairs as Cr1 suggested.

The adventurer in me says there is no reason I can’t do it, but the pragmatic side of me says why hurt myself when I can hire a bonded company to do it safely and we are covered IF something goes awry… heck, I am getting to old to keep using the muscles, better to exercise the noodle, right? Isnt that wisdom, and supposed to increase with age?

I am going to have to have electrician come in and wire 220 for it, so maybe I will just build the moving or a electrical supply cost into the equation…

Anybody ever havea moving company move something like that?

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Don W

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#7 posted 939 days ago

My son called me last fall. He needed help getting his wood stove in the basement. A big old cast iron job. We did what Al posted except no winch, just the truck. It worked like a charm. Of course it only works if the stairs to the basement is a straight shot outside.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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BLarge

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#8 posted 939 days ago

The machine come in two boxes, one 472 lbs and the other 75 lbs… I checked and the main piece cannot be broken down further without voiding the warranty…

man, 472lbs- that is more than twice my weight!

I think I am going to do some more research and see if I can find any saws that come in smaller pieces… perhaps a hybrid… I try to go big when I buy woordworking machines for the fact that if you by well you will only buy once…

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#9 posted 939 days ago

I bought a 700# cabinet saw, but … while I’m NOT putting it downstairs (at some point, we’ll be moving. Wasn’t worth it) ... I did check into it, first.

I like the “couple of planks” idea, with people in front and in back, and with a block and tackle … secured somewhere on the high side.

If push came to shove, I was prepared to pull out the basement door, at the bottom of my stairs, move the saw in, and re-install the door and frame. Would have bought me a few more inches. Ditto removing the stair hand-rail.

Finally, I’d get Bertha to help you. The guy works out. Seriously. I know you’d do it for him …. ;-)

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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Bertha

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#10 posted 939 days ago

^lol, Neil. I never broke 405 on the deadlift. If we saw it down the middle, now you’re talking bench press, lol.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BLarge

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#11 posted 939 days ago

$155 an hour to get a moving company out, 2 hours estimated… not that unresonable, but this is what harder than I imagined….

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#12 posted 939 days ago

Certainly get help. When I bought my saw some years ago, we had 4 or 5 people there to carry it out of this guys basement. Like you found out, the table comes off, but it doesnt break down much further unless you want to take the motor etc off. Once I got it to my house, we had to move it through the yard and into the shop but that was slightly down hill through the yard. We did that with just two of us and an appliance hand truck. Getting a mover is a good idea. You might try calling a piano mover. I have had them do work for me from time to time and I think they are cheaper than a regular mover. They usually charge me about $60-$80 to move things from the street to the shop and it only takes them about 15 minutes.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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BLarge

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#13 posted 939 days ago

Wayne, good idea on the piano mover…. I will call one…. I found a mover located near me that will move either saw for 150….

They do gun safes, up to 1k lbs all the time…. So a cabinet saw s a breeze!

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indianawoodbutcher

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#14 posted 939 days ago

Blarge,
Just give it a shot with some friends. You would be surprised how strong your friends are if you offer a few beers (after the move) and a T-Bone. Be careful, move smartly and don’t hurry. You will find that the movers aren’t any smarter, just a little more experienced. But, if you don’t do it yourself, you won’t be any more experienced, just less wealthy. Or, more poor, depending on how you look at it.
My ideas and recommendations are not bonded or insured.

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BLarge

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#15 posted 938 days ago

Rick,

I figured they did some sort of special set-up at the factory and that is why they ship as a unit… your suggestions was my first thought… so it was not that hard to pull apart and reaasmble?

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