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Forum topic by pendledad posted 459 days ago 674 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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459 days ago

So I am trying to figure out what is the best approach here. I’ve read through the manual a couple of times and I wanted to get your input. I plan on moving this saw back and forth by pushing/pulling the front of the saw. I will not be moving it left/right by pushing the wings. So I know which way the fixed wheels need to be oriented, but now I’m trying to figure out he best spot for the wheel plate. Behind the saw, or to the side of the saw?

Here is a picture of my original plan (I stopped assembly until I can gey my Dad’s help):

As you can see, I have the wheel plates protruding off the front and back of the saw rather than stick out to the sides. Does this matter? Any experiences on which will be easier to move around?


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#1 posted 459 days ago

Only thing I can see is you will be kicking them every time you use the saw. Can you move them to the sides and still push front to back?

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#2 posted 459 days ago

That was what I was thinking too last night after I stood at the saw and did some test runs. I’ll probably move the swivels to the outside and leave the back fixed casters where they are. It will leave me with a slight “shopping cart” formation where the wheels are wider where you push and more narrow further away.

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#3 posted 459 days ago

I put mine the other way, side to side not front to back. The few times I have used the saw so far I have not tripped or kicked the casters… I do not need to move the saw to use it, I just added the mobile base for ease in the initial shop set up

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#4 posted 459 days ago

+1 on turning the base so the wheels are along the sides of the saw.

As for wheel orientation, I’d probably do fixed wheels on the left side.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 459 days ago

copcarcollector +10

The reason to put the fixed casters THIS way (sideways) is that the TS has no way of rolling when you are ripping a long 8/4 of hardwood or the like. Think safety here, and not convenience of orientation.


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

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#6 posted 459 days ago

pendledad – I’m getting ready to put my new Grizzly saw together soon. Thank you for the picture of yours. copcarcollector and HorizontalMike thank you for the picture of yours as a comparison. I know now that I will set mine up like like the both of yours

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 459 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I wasn’t even thinking about the saw moving away as I pushed a heavy board through. Luckily I didn’t fully assemble the base yet, so I’ll switch things around and make it safer.

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#8 posted 459 days ago

When I reassemble my older 1021, it will be on a base from northern tool I will remember the recomendations.

Thanks for asking the question and all the photo respnses.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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