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Forum topic by DavidNJ posted 396 days ago 1158 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DavidNJ

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396 days ago

The drill press probably weighs close to 200#, the bandsaw close to 300#. They are in a basement, no engine hoists or blocks and tackle from the ceiling.

How do you get them on the mobile bases without damaging them or damaging the mobile bases?


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kdc68

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#1 posted 396 days ago

Don’t know what mobile base you have….but the last one I bought for my table saw had instructions on how to build the base around the tool….here’s the pdf….maybe this will help

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heavy-Duty-Mobile-Base/D2057A

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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DavidNJ

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#2 posted 396 days ago

I have two. The ShopFox D3757 which I want to put under the bandsaw:

And the Rockler which I want to put under the drill press:

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 396 days ago

Cut some blocks of wood shorter that the width of the opening in the mobile bases. Then tilt the tool up and slide a block under it. Then go to the opposite side and tilt the tool up and slide a block under that side. Repeat the process until the tool is high enough to clear the base. Assemble the base around the tool. Then tilt the tool and remove one block and set the tool on the base and, again repeat the process on the opposite side. You may need an assistant to insert and remove the blocks. HTH

-- Art

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kdc68

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#4 posted 396 days ago

Now that I see your mobile bases, the link of instructions I posted might not be applicable to your situation…Strong friends and cold beer might resolve this by lifting your bandsaw and drill press onto the assembled bases….good luck

AandCstyle…your advice is that of the link I posted

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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RogerInColorado

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#5 posted 396 days ago

For my drill press, I simply tipped it over (carefully!) onto the floor and then bolted the base and the drill press together. Once it was mounted, I just tipped it back up

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DavidNJ

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#6 posted 396 days ago

When I was 20 that would have worked. Now? I’m the only one on the block who mows their own lawn.

One of the bases goes under the unit. I’m thinking if I rock the saw on to blocks so it is higher than the base plus maybe 4”. The put the base wood on blocks with some wood on top of that and slide the band saw on to the wood over the base wood. Install the corners. The rock it one way then the other to remove the wood between it and the base. If the base is 4” off the ground I should be able to get an automotive floor jack under it to get it on the ground. The aluminum ones are light enough to get to the basement.

The drill press I could support with wood in the middle. Build the base around it. Then just rock it to remove the supports and drop it on the base.

I have no idea how I’m ever going to get a jointer into the basement. Maybe I should install some sort of pulley system on the rafters just for this purpose. I’m not sure there is enough room…it might have to be between the rafters. If I do that I might be able to use it to lift the cyclone on to a platform cart as discussed in the other thread: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/50577

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#7 posted 396 days ago

David, when I got my G0490X jointer the bed was in one long wooden crate. This was the heavy part. If yours is similar, I would think you could slide the crate down the stairs in a controlled manner, assuming it is a straight shot, then un-box it. I lifted it onto the base with a HF shop crane. I have used the crane many times so the cost isn’t all that bad, maybe you would be able to rent one someplace. FWIW

-- Art

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DavidNJ

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#8 posted 396 days ago

I could get this for $40 at HF:

I could drill a 1/2” hole through 2 rafters with a 1/2 rod and some extra blocks on the side to add strength. The bandsaw even has a hook on top.

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Loren

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#9 posted 396 days ago

Muscle. Steel toe boots.

Over 400 lb. hoists, wedges, prybars and so forth help.

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Buckethead

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#10 posted 396 days ago

If you are going to use framing members (joists/rafters) to support your shop tools, please remember to add temporary supports near your hoist. A 2×4 “T” brace (post) would make me feel a lot better about the lift.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 396 days ago

If you have a lever long enough, you can move the world!

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#12 posted 396 days ago

I have pretty much all my machines on mobile bases. I had the neighbors come over and we just lifted them up on the base. It went pretty easy with 3 of us.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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DavidNJ

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#13 posted 396 days ago

Are your neighbors in their 20s or in their 50s?

It would be easier to reinforce the rafters with each other or a supplementary panel than a floor support…their just isn’t room.

I could use a joist supported by a lolly column as one of the joists.

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#14 posted 396 days ago

If you are asking me, my neighbors are in their 60s and so am I. If the weight is too much then take it apart. On the drill press we just took the head off, put the stand on the base and lifted the head back on the stand. We did the bandsaw all in one piece, and we lifted my floor mortise machine in one piece on a base too. You only have to lift it a few inches.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 396 days ago

if you tilt the tools
and put the bases under them
be careful when raising them back up

when the wheels on the base
come into play
it might want to ‘skate’ away from you
maybe put something on the floor
to keep the wheels from moving

and never lift the band saw by the table
it can break the trunnion

best of luck

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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