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471 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question planer tablesaw

Hi,
I have a Delta Unisaw and a Delta DJ15 Planer in my garage. I want to move it to the basement where my shop is.

The only access to the shop is down a flight of stairs beneath Bilco doors.

How do I get those machines down there? Beyond brute force and having a bunch of guys, do I construct a ramp? Do I set up pulleys?

And where and how do I connect to the machines? Hooks under the table? Nylon straps around the body of the machines? Other?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks


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#1 posted 471 days ago

Kind of all of the above. In most cases, this equipment isn’t light. A move like that shouldn’t be attempted alone. The use of say a couple long 2×10s or 2×12s to slide them down would probably work. But keep safety in mind. If you can secure them for a slow trip down is best. Multiple people to control them is also preferred.

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#2 posted 470 days ago

NOBODY (that you like) allowed behind/below it during the descent.

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#3 posted 470 days ago

No stairs here, but everything has to go out back to my shop where you can NOT drive to it. It all has to be carted back there by hand. I’ve learned to take things apart, make several trips with lighter components, and reassemble in the shop. This DOES mean I have to set things up and adjust afterward, but honestly, on a table saw, no matter how careful you were when moving it to your house, after a vehicle ride it’s probably going to need adjusting anyways.

Blade removed (duh), fence and rails removed, wings removed, main table off (if necessary), motor removed (if necessary). I haven’t had to get all the way to “motor removed” yet. Once you get the wings and main table off, you’ll be amazed at how easy it it to move it.

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#4 posted 470 days ago

I had a my dolly modified with a steel plate welded to it. Lots of straps to secure the saw to it . My neighbor and I dollied it down my stairs one step at a time into the basement…Wasn’t too bad….Your Unisaw might be a different story….Good luck to you

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#5 posted 470 days ago

I too have a bulkhead door, to my basement shop. I use an electric winch, secured in the bed of a pickup truck (or tree). 2×10 ramps and if need be a dolly or sled for the equipment. The most important thing is safety, NO ONE below the equipment!!! As a matter of fact, I needed to replace the wooden stairs before using them. They were rotted away and wouldn’t have support a person, let alone people & equipment!!!

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#6 posted 470 days ago

I’d get a couple estimates from movers who do this all the time and are insured. The back you save will be your own.

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#7 posted 470 days ago

Disassemble them. Even if you can get them down in one piece you still have to adjust them the stress and twisting will knock them out of wack. taking them apart means less chance of damage.

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#8 posted 470 days ago

Move the shop to the garage, less work in the future. Kick the car out, it does not mind being outside, will not whine about it. (Laughing)

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#9 posted 470 days ago

Using a setup like kdc68 shows above, you could attach a couple strong straps (or rope) to it and attach the other end to your car (or truck). Someone to do the guiding while the vehicle SLOWLY moves forward.

Oh and use plywood or lumber as a ramp on the stairs for the dolly to roll down on.

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#10 posted 470 days ago

How ever you get it down there be careful! If you hurt yourself you won’t be able to use them! One stupid mistake can change your life forever! I like the winch and 2X10 idea, you could use a “come along” if you don’t have an electric winch. Taking the top off the saw is a good idea also, after moving the unisaw around you’re going to need to square up the table anyway. Good luck and be careful!

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#11 posted 470 days ago

I agree with Shawn. That’s what I did with my industrial tablesaw that was given to me. Disassembling it made it a lot easier to get it down into the basement by myself.

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#12 posted 470 days ago

The people that move the cola vending machines like Pepsi or Coke have a hand truck that is hydraulic like this http://www.powermate.info/. I wonder if they are available for rent.
Mike

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#13 posted 470 days ago

Take the entire top off and the cabinet with motor & arbor will be manageable. Build a ramp using 2” X 6” on edge with plywood and slide the saw cabinet minus the top down the ramp on carpet. I wouldn’t use wheels as it would be easy for it to get away from you. Sliding it down the ramp will give some resistance and make it easier to control as it goes down the ramp.

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#14 posted 470 days ago

In my situation, I was able to rig a chain fall in the attic, centered over the stairwell.
Yes indeed, be very careful!

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#15 posted 470 days ago

If the stairs can be removed easily a backhoe, excavator, bucket loader, or tow truck boom all work well. I have helped put cast iron hot water boilers in basements using all of the above.

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