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01-11-2014 08:51 PM

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I am picking up a new band saw this coming week. A Grizzly 14”, the G0555LANV anniversary edition. I have no one to help me assemble it when I get it home. My wife is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs. She’s tough, but not that strong. I have no one else to help lift the saw onto the stand. Maybe I’ll be able to handle it, but I am 64 and not as strong as I once was. How have any of you handled this sort of thing? I have thought about rigging a block and tackle to hoist the thing. But my shop is in a finished garage, with an 11-foot ceiling, so setting up the anchors would be a pain in the neck.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 08:57 PM

Make an A frame out of 2Xs to hang the block and tackle from…

Or rent an engine lift…

Or find a husky young man and pay him to help…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#2 posted 01-11-2014 08:58 PM

You have a roll-up door on the garage right? The frame the rollers run thru was probably bolted thru the sheetrock into a roof truss. Might be strong enough to hang the block & tackle there…. Or Hang the block & tackle in a tree just outside your shop? Build a mobile base for the saw first so you can roll it back into the garage/shop.

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 09:05 PM

Depending on how it is packaged. I lifted my bs frame with the motor and table off. The frame really is not too bad lift by itself. It will probably come with motor mounted already. Couple bolts and a few wires at the motor and it’s apart. Good luck.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 09:16 PM

Aside from the heavy lifting, you’re gonna love that saw.
I have the 0555LX.
Get good blades, and read the set up instructions carefully.
I use 1/4” 8tpi, 3/8” 6tpi, and 1/2” 3tpi. Those will do most everything ya need.
Be aware that the saw will be kinda “tippy” on a mobile base. Putting a riser on it will make it even more so. Once you’re used to that, you’re good to go.
Almost forgot. Use Loctite on all the frame bolts just for insurance.


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#5 posted 01-11-2014 11:26 PM

I bought a G0555 last year – great machine! I had no problem assembling it alone. I was 68 at the time.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 11:41 PM

I was able to manhandle my G0555x (which has cast iron wheels) onto the stand myself. Not bragging, just saying that it’s not too bad. I took off the table (or left it off… can’t remember if it came attached or not) to save some weight.

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 12:10 AM

Oh, I’ll give it a try. I was just looking for suggestions if I can’t manage it.

-- Dave K.

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 12:44 AM

if you have a come-a-long you can screw a 2×6 to roof framing. Hang the come along with nylon rope. make a sling out of more nylon rope to lift the head. back the truck into the garage and make sure you have tested with your own body weight. also be sure you have enough slack to lower to floor. Levers and pulleys!

I’m 68 and moved my grizzly table saw from my truck to my shop. Very slowly, using nylon ropes and pulleys.


Don’t hurt yourself.

Better yet get two big high school kids, pay them well.

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 01:04 AM

you can drill a 7/16 hole thru the ceiling drywall into a joist and screw in large eye bolt and with a small cheap come along lift the entire saw motor and all to mount onto the base. Easy just use care and common sense. You can plug the hole with a dab of putty and you won,t ever see it. Speaking of age i,m a little old 70 year old amateur.

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 01:19 AM

It’s really not a hard assembly , I’m sure you’ll be able to manage. I’m sure a local lumber jock would give a helping hand, put out a request best wishes …BC

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 04:29 AM

just got that exact bs and working on assembling it now.its pretty heavy to me got some help tomorrow to set it on the base.try to find someone to help you just to be on the safe wishes.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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