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Forum topic by AviatorDave posted 03-16-2012 09:28 AM 850 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AviatorDave

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03-16-2012 09:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop mobile bases bases tool base industrial base integrated base moving cabinet saw table saw ss base

Hello,

I’m new to LJ and I’ve been researching table saws like crazy. I’m going to be buying one soon and have REALLY appreciated all of the great comments people have made here in the forums. LJ is a fantastic resource. I have a question for the Sawstop owners out there . . . (or anybody else who would like to comment for that matter) I think I’m leaning towards an SS Professional cabinet saw and I’m curious about the differences between the mobile base options that are offered for it. They offer an integrated mobile base and an industrial mobile base. I’m guessing that the industrial is beefier but want to know if the integrated works just fine or if there’s a preference out there. I’m not beyond making my own base or buying some kind of aftermarket one as well but my main curiosity is about the options from SS directly. I scanned through the 10 pages of topics that covered “Bases” but must admit that I just skimmed the titles looking for this topic specifically. My apologies if I’ve brought up a topic that already exists.

My workshop is in a state of flux right now and I’ll be parking the saw in a garage and moving it around for use/storage. My current saw is an older Craftsman that has a cheapo base that I worry about breaking every time I raise it. It also has lousy ground clearance when raised. Most of my other tools have wheels as well and the ones I find most irritating are the non integrated ones that cause problems when I have to move a tool over a threshold when I tilt the tool and the base comes away from it. I know, I know . . . stop moving your tools over thresholds . . . Soon, the dream workshop will be built and I won’t worry about moving tools. For now, however, I must endure moving them. (Going over thresholds was the result of moving to new houses. I’ve had to move my workshop between three houses now. What a pain! Wheels make life so much easier! Hopefully this is the last house!)

Your input is appreciated!

-- Somewhere in this piece of wood is a finished project covered in sawdust.


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hairy

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 01:35 PM

I have a Unisaw on this base. It is easy to move around.

http://lumberjocks.com/hairy/blog/11363

It looks to me like both of those bases only support the saw cabinet, and not the table.

On the plus side, installation should be a snap. I’m sure they are both capable of the job.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Lumber2Sawdust

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 02:12 PM

I just got my new SS set up last weekend. You are probably aware, but they have a special offer going on right now where you can get a free mobile base through SS when you buy a new saw.

I got their “regular” base, not the industrial and I don’t know why you would need anything else. It is easy to install (before you stand the saw up) and operates with 2 pedals – one to put it up on wheels, the other to put it back down. They are 3” casters and they roll pretty smoothly. I have the expansion gaps in the concrete floor of my garage and it rolls over them fairly well. I suspect you might have to lift each end a little as you go over a threshold, but I don’t think it will give you too much trouble.

Something to think about for installing the mobile base: I bought my SS at Woodcraft. One of the guys there told me that it is way easier to install the mobile base when it is laying on its side. The saw is actually laying on it side when shipped. It was hard to do, but I left the whole thing packaged in the boxes until the mobile base arrived. (You have to submit a form to SS, and they send you the mobile base) It was really easy to set up that way. Since I didn’t have a burning need to cut something right away I was able to be patient and it was worth it. I know there was an section in the instructions for installing the base if you already stood the saw up, but I skipped that part so I don’t know how involved that would be.

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 08:17 AM

Hairy, do you find that the wheel locks on the base for your Unisaw hold stong? The saw doesn’t move or want to shimmy at all if the swiveling wheels have a side load on them? (Not sure why I’d put a side load on the saw while feeding wood through it but just curious about the engineering.)

Lumber2Sawdust – Thanks for the feedback. Good advice to install while on it’s side. I got a chance to go to a SS distributor today and was able to look at both bases. I see how the integrated base is, well, integrated. The wheels look plenty large for small obstacles. (Hopefully my going over threshold days are over now . . . <fingers>) The industrial base is something else. It’s got a hydraulic jack like action where you pump the stand up with a few steps of your foot and a very smooth, slow release back down when you step on the release lever. Very nice but about $100 bucks more than the integrated base . . . and it’s not included in the promotion. <sigh>

Ahh, to have a shop where the saw has plenty of room to walk all the way around and never needs to be moved.

-- Somewhere in this piece of wood is a finished project covered in sawdust.

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hairy

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 01:22 PM

A saw on wheels will never be as stable as a saw on the ground. It has not caused any problems.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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