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Forum topic by Michael posted 08-23-2014 04:45 AM 385 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael

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08-23-2014 04:45 AM

I’m moving a Grizzly 1023 Table Saw a few miles to a new home, and am considering using the approach suggested in this thread: tip the saw so that the top rests on the truck bed, then pick it up from the bottom while simultaneously sliding it into the truck bed. (A sheet of plywood and a couple of 2×4’s would help here.)

I’m worried, however, that tipping the saw onto its side might damage the trunnion: it seems dicey to let that heavy motor hang at an unintended right angle from its usual upright position, especially if the truck hits a bump or two along the way.


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unbob

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 04:54 AM

I always pull the motor, just makes things easier. At least the motor should be blocked up.
An accidental hard drop when moving can and does break trunions with the motor installed, or not supported.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 04:59 AM

you could always rent a truck with a lift gate. I moved my unisaw and 20 inch bandsaw that way. They each weigh a lot, probably more than your 1023

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Michael

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 05:14 AM

I always pull the motor, just makes things easier. At least the motor should be blocked up. An accidental hard drop when moving can and does break trunions with the motor installed, or not supported.

How tricky is it to pull the motor, and will it mean much adjusting when replacing it? Looks like the motor is attached via 2 bolts, but can’t tell if pulling it will be more involved than simply removing those bolts.


you could always rent a truck with a lift gate. I moved my unisaw and 20 inch bandsaw that way. They each weigh a lot, probably more than your 1023

Another possibility is to rent an engine hoist, and lift the saw straight up using straps looped under the cast-iron top. (After removing the wings, there seems to be just enough overhang on the top for the straps to grab.)

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 06:39 AM

Do you have, or know someone who has a small utility trailer? Much easier than trying to get it up into a pickup bed, and easier to unload once it’s moved.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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