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Beginningwoodworker

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12-27-2011 11:06 PM

I have a small 10×12 shed for a workshop, so I am thinking about putting my Unisaw on a mobile base. So I can move it around to rip plywood and long stock. I am wondering is it a good idea and how would I get it on a mobile base?


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lew

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 11:18 PM

CJ,
You could probably build the base from 2 x material and add casters. You would need to devise a way to keep it locked in one position during use, however.
Lew

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 11:21 PM

Lockable castors would be good…and make sure you don’t try to lift is your self .. get some help..

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 11:28 PM

This is how I installed my table saw onto its mobile base. Bought a 1 ton portable hoist on sale at Harbor freight a couple of years ago. I have used it many times for tasks like this. I assembled my Rikon bandsaw, by myself, using the hoist to lft the upper section (the heavy part) onto the base, then picked up the whole thing and set it on a moble base.

Have also used my small tractor with lift slings as well as shown in this picture.

If you have some slings and a friend with a tractor with loader you can lift the TS and slide the mobile base under it.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 11:33 PM

Rick, I need to get one of those hoist.

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 11:38 PM

I have a mobile base under My Unisaw that came with the saw purchase and love the capabilities it offers. With just a throw of the a lever(using my foot/no bending) I can be mobile in no time at all and then back to being rock solid in the same manner ! With help of coarse You and a friend can work the saw on to a base with leaning it to one side and then the other,not to difficult !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Viking

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#6 posted 12-27-2011 11:47 PM

CJ;

They go on sale often at Harbor Freight. HF has a 1 ton and 2 ton and I have yet to need more than the 1 ton. They take up very little space as the boom collapses down and the wide support legs fold up. Here is a link;

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-capacity-foldable-shop-crane-93840.html

Here are slings you need;

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-webbing-sling-44847.html

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 12:08 AM

You will love having a mobile base. I have some aftermarket mobile bases on my equipment, and I also have some that are made by the mfg that built the equip. IMO the original bases made by the mfg work the best. They seem the strongest without any saging and they have the castors on the sides instead of under it. My tablesaw has a Powermatic base which includes the extension for extension tables and its been fantastic. I can move the saw around the shop with two fingers.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Viking

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#8 posted 12-28-2011 12:17 AM

Rick L.;

We already had both tractors and bought the hoist for a completely different reason. Just used what I had and did not need to “call a friend”, take saw apart, or balance on saw horses. Your ideas are excellent but, no need to criticize ideas of others because they vary from yours.

By the way, my suggestion was “If you have some slings and a friend with a tractor with loader you can lift the TS and slide the mobile base under it.” Don’t think there was a recommendation to go buy a tractor.

You can also buy the Shopfox moble base (adjustable) and Extension Mobile Base (for long rails) for $150 for both on Amazon. Have this one and it works fine.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 12-28-2011 12:28 AM

My Ts, BS, planer, spindle sander, compressor, tall tool box, blah blah, are all on mobile bases. Sure makes configuration easier.
Bill

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 12-28-2011 12:45 AM

I was thinking about this mobile base from Delta http://www.amazon.com/50-273-Mobile-Machine-Unisaw-Shaper/dp/B00002235K

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#11 posted 12-28-2011 12:52 AM

I am sure that one would work great. Its designed for the Delta saw so it should work good. The only other thing I would add is if you ever wanted to add or build the side extension table for your saw, you would need the one that fits the extension.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 12-28-2011 01:02 AM

Ok, thanks Wayne I may get a smaller fence for my Unisaw since I have small shop.

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#13 posted 12-28-2011 01:45 AM

Here’s how I changed the mobile base. http://lumberjocks.com/hairy/blog/11363

I need to move mine to use it, but I really would prefer a stationary table saw.

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#14 posted 12-28-2011 03:07 AM

I like mine to be stationary as well, but with my small shop its not a wise idea.

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#15 posted 12-28-2011 03:30 AM

Delta makes good stuff for that. Also check out Amazon…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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