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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 04-17-2015 05:32 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2015 05:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop mobile base

I’m planning for a purchase of a sawstop probably next calendar year. But, well, I like to plan/obsess.

For those with a PCS, could it be set up to use the heavy duty dollys (like the HF style 1000lb moving dollys) instead of the PCS or ICS base? This would allow me to move it around without the tripod action, and be considerably cheaper than the ICS option.

For any of these options, how do the little legs that support the extension move? Looks like they have no wheels. When you move the saw, how do you account for that?

-Brian

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 11:07 AM

I’m not sure which HF dollies you refer to, but I got the ICS base. When it lifts the saw (straight up) it also lift the extension table, so the legs on it come completely off the floor. The fence rails are super heavy duty, and have no problem holding the weight of the extension. Can you link the particular HF dolly you think might work? Somone may have already applied it and have some advice.

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 11:19 AM

The Saw Stop bases will lock into place when lowered, preventing inadvertent machine movement. Can the Harbor Freight dollies be readily secured?

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 11:32 AM

I agree that the industrial mobile base is expensive…..BUT it is the best machine base I have and would buy it again.

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 11:45 AM

I made my own base with four swivel casters from 6/4 red oak. The cabinet has holes front and back for mounting the Sawstop base which I used to mount mine (with 3/8” all thread rod) at the proper height. I intended to use toggle clamps to immobilize the saw in use, but found the locking swivel casters have been enough for my needs. If you check out the ICS base install instructions for the PCS you’ll find that it mounts with self tapping screws into the cabinet.

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 10:05 PM

http://www.harborfreight.com/30-In-x-19-In-1000-lb-Capacity-Hardwood-Dolly-61897.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiNzQ0MzM2ODQiLCJza3UiOiI2MTg5NyIsImlzIjoiMTIuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lk%0D%0AIjoiMTA2ODIifQ%3D%3D%0D%0A

There is the HF style dolly. This one doesn’t seem to have locking casters, but I think there are others that do, or they can be replaced. The advantage is that the casters swivel so you can move the machine without 3 point turns. As anyone with limited shop space knows, that can be a huge help.

Does the ICS base allow that kind of movement?

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 11:45 PM

Yes, the ICS base has four swivelling casters, the PCS base has two swivel, two fixed. In both bases the casters raise and lower so the wheels are only on the floor when the saw is moved.

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#7 posted 04-18-2015 02:47 AM

Think of the PCS base as providing a “wheelbarrow” like method of moving the saw. If you want to move it “forward” or “backward”, you have to do that by angling it and sort of “tacking” back and forth. In other words, you can move the saw along it’s longer axis, or an angle, and jockey it back and forth to accomplish movement in the other direction. You can’t just move it directly toward or away from the normal “operator position”.

The ICS base does not have that limitation. It has 4 rotating casters that allow movement in any direction.

One of the most common reasons to move a saw is a “garage shop”, where you keep the saw and other tools up against a wall when not in use, and then back the car out on the weekend and set up the shop for use. For this kind of a moving saw arrangement, the less expensive PCS base would not be ideal.

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#8 posted 04-18-2015 08:31 PM

I have the ICS. And the base is fantastic you can move it with your pinky

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#9 posted 04-19-2015 01:47 PM

Ditto…ICS base. Without a doubt the best option for this saw

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#10 posted 04-19-2015 06:55 PM

That HF dolly look pretty tall.

Another + for ICS

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#11 posted 04-21-2015 05:01 AM

From a maneuverability standpoint, the ICS base can’t be beat. Except for one potential flaw. It raises the saw about 1/4”, if that. If you have a pristine and flat floor, no problemo. If not, things could be troublesome.

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#12 posted 04-21-2015 06:16 PM

The PCS base is simple to move and I am able to do 360s in the garage and get over the concrete seems no problem. Least footprints, saw sits flat on the ground when wheels raise. Quickly installed and you can build and use the saw before you install the base. You will never lift it again after unboxing.

I would not even consider more of a mobile base and I have the same tight space you have.

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#13 posted 04-21-2015 06:28 PM

I wouldn’t use the HF dollys – -

How do you plan to lock your saw in place?

The ICS base is best, but the PCS base if free…. so why get some crappy dollies from Harbor Freight instead of the ‘real’ base?

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#14 posted 04-21-2015 06:28 PM

Biker dad, if you have the ics base and that is all you can lift your saw, you have a problem.
It only takes 2 to 3 pedal pushes to get either the pcs or ics saw off the ground to move. If you need the saw higher, more pushes raises the saw. The shop floor where I work is not flat by any means and usually takes 5+ pumps to get the table legs up high enough where they will not hit the floor. Which is usually 1 1/2” or more clearance. Although less than the legs, the saw has plenty of clearance also to navigate the uneven floorwhen up that high.

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 04-21-2015 06:30 PM

I was surprised by that 1/4” as well. I can’t jack mine up to check without more work than I’m willing to put into it…but it sure seems like it was on the order of 1 1/2” at least.

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