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03-11-2014 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: g1023rlw downstairs r4512 basement

Hello All. Will soon put my 10% Grizzly discount coupon to use toward a G1023RLW table saw (my R4512 has the blade alignment issue, and I recently discovered that the miter slots are not parallel; that is the last straw). I am thinking about how I will get it to downstairs to the basement. For other heavy tools, I left the unit in the shipping container and, with the help of a friend, slid it down the stairs with a dolly waiting at the bottom.

For the G1023RLW, I want to get the weight of the large box down from 474 lbs to 325 or-so lbs., as this is a weight that I have handled safely with other tools. My plan: Open the box, remove all items except for the cabinet w/ table and motor (removed items will include the wings, miter gage, and all bags/containers of fasteners), reseal box, and slide downstairs. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Will the weight of the box, after removal of the aforementioned items, be in the 325 lb range?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 03:26 PM

That will be about as much fun as sliding your old saw you are replacing up the stairs. When I bought my new saw last year I unpacked everything and it reduced the weight considerably. there is a lot in the crate that can be removed that weigh a lot. I have a large heavy eye hook 1/2” threads x 4” long that I screwed into the ceiling and I used a chain hoist to then get my saw in place. Even though my cabinet saw is stationary and doesn’t ever move I put it on a mobile base…you never know…. Easily done by myself because I was entirely too anxious to get it set up and didn’t want to wait until help could come

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 05:17 PM

Are the stairs accessed from outside or inside? A couple months ago I purchased a used G7209 wich weighs in around 925 lbs. I took the fence and wings off getting it down to the 700-800 pound range. I have an exterior door to my basement. I made a ramp out of 4×4’s and 7/16 OSB. The OSB provided enough grip that the saw didnt slide freely. I carted it to the doorway on a pallet jack, tipped it down onto the ramp and my brother-in-law slid it down into the basement. I had it tied to a rope in case it did want to slide easily, but didnt end up needing it. I was very surprised how easy it went with just two people.

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 05:34 PM

Are the stairs accessed from outside or inside?

Generic – stairs are acceded from inside. Thanks.

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 05:37 PM

It shouldn’t be too bad if done it pieces. The main saw body and table will the biggest, but is a manageable size, prolly pushing 300#....use a dolly. You can even remove the top and the motor if you have too. If you do remove the top, check for any shims, and their locations between the top and the cabinet, and take a pic so you can replace them exactly where they were. The other parts can be carried no problem.

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#5 posted 03-12-2014 07:23 AM

Hope you go look under your stair and make sure it is braced up solid, so it doesn’t give way under the load. I have seen some poor built stairs, I wouldn’t trust with myself and that much extra load. Did you see the video on the news of that stage going down with all those kids in California?

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#6 posted 03-12-2014 02:16 PM

I’ve found help is hard to come by when moving heavy stuff …. I built a ramp using a 1/2 sheet of 3/4” ply and 3 2×4s on the flat to stiffen it up a bit. I lay that on the stairs and just slide the heavy stuff down the stairs on the ramp. No wheels under the load to be moved, that way it won’t get away from you. Works pretty well. To get the heavies out of the basement I have a 4 wheel dolly to put on the ramp, and pull it up with a come-a-long or ratchet straps. Slow and tedious but gets the job done.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your responses. Looks like there’s more than one way to skin the cat. Scott – the appliance dolly idea intrigues me though, not having used one on stairs, I must be visualizing it incorrectly; i.e., it seems like it would, with heavy load + wheels, be a risk for easily getting away from the operator and rolling/crashing downstairs. What makes this setup controllable? Thanks again.

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