How hard is it to install the SawStop integrated mobile base later?

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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-09-2014 07:46 PM 1953 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2014 07:46 PM

I just bought a SawStop PCS and am going to get the integrated mobile base free after rebate. The saw was just delivered today. Can I assemble the saw right away and install the integrated mobile base later without too much trouble, or is it going to be really difficult to install the integrated mobile base after the saw is already assembled and calibrated?

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#1 posted 05-09-2014 07:50 PM

The awkward part would be the rails or if you have purchased the cast iron wings, other than that not too bad.

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 08:48 PM

Hmm, I did get the cast iron wings; and holy crap, they’re heavy. Is it awkward because you have to tip the saw onto its back or side to install the integrated mobile base? I wonder if there’s a way to install the mobile base without tipping the saw over…perhaps by assembling the saw on top of some 2×6s or 2×4s from the start.

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 08:58 PM

I am getting old and do not like tipping equipment. I bought the HF engine lift several years ago on sale with a 20% off coupon. I do not use it very often but for something like this it is great. It makes it easy to lift something and then put blocks under it. I always leave the straps attached.

Let us know how you like that base. I have the PCS with the Industrial base and am very happy with it.

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 09:05 PM

Rob—I know you probably hate to let the new toy sit unassembled, but I would wait until the mobile base arrives.

The integrated base was delivered with my saw, and it wasn’t hard to install, but I did that before I added the cast iron wings and rails.

I think with the rails and wings on the saw, it would have been a tough job for me and SWMBO to handle.

I don’t know how you would install the integrated mobile base without tipping the saw over.

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 09:47 PM

Thanks, guys.

The garage won’t be wired until next week anyway, so I guess I’ll see how long it takes them to ship the mobile base. If it’s going to be 4-6 weeks like it says on the rebate form, I’m not sure I want to wait that long. But I know someone mentioned in another thread that SawStop shipped his rebate item out right away after he submitted his rebate form.

If I do end up assembling it before the mobile base gets here, is there any problem with disassembling it and reassembling it again to make it easier to install the mobile base?

I’ve wished I had a hoist on several occasions already, but just don’t have anywhere to store it. Either way, I might check around to see if anyone in the neighborhood has one I can borrow for this or some other time later. I’ll let you guys know how I like the integrated base when it gets here. I think it’s going to be a little annoying since only 2 wheels pivot, but I won’t be moving it around that often.

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#6 posted 05-10-2014 12:03 AM

The nice thing about the SawStop PCS is that the assembly is very clear. I recently disassembled my SawStop and had no problem reassembling. I wanted to tweak the machine. IMHO, tipping the saw on it’s side is the hardest part. That said, I waited to put the mobile base on. The shipping of the mobile base was within a week for me.

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#7 posted 05-10-2014 12:24 AM

It’s easy. Mine was on back order but I called Sawstop and they assured me it wouldn’t be a problem. The directions actually have you lean the saw over and support it with the rails. At least that’s how mine was about 4 years ago. They may have change their procedure since then but I bet you could find the instructions on line.

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#8 posted 05-20-2014 04:15 AM

I had to use my car lift (10,000 lbs ) to put the base on my 5 HP saw plus I still had to raise the entire unit up to 37.500 for my back. The floor was so bad and with no levers on the saw or the base , I had to do a lot of back work .

It was worth all of the pain !

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#9 posted 05-22-2014 10:13 PM

Just wanted to confirm that, as Scott mentioned, the instructions for the mobile base include two installation methods.

Method 1 (installing on a new unassembled saw) requires the saw to be on its back on top of the shipping foam, with the bottom of the cabinet hanging over the edge by several inches.

Method 2 (installing on an assembled saw) just requires you to tilt the entire saw cabinet to the right, so it’s propped up by the rails.

As others have mentioned, SawStop shipped the mobile base pretty quickly after I submitted my rebate. I ended up waiting because I’m still waiting on the extension cord and strain relief to plug it into my new ceiling outlet, but I think either method would have worked just as easily. I finally started assembling it yesterday when the mobile base arrived, but if I wasn’t still waiting on the extension cord, I probably would have assembled it last week and used Method 2 to install the mobile base.

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