Shop Update #2: Finally - A Serious Saw!

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Blog entry by Dave posted 08-07-2011 05:54 AM 2015 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Garage Upgrade Part 2 of Shop Update series Part 3: New Shop Layout - Advice Needed »

I finally saved up enough to buy a cabinet saw that can handle everything I’ll be able to throw at it for many years to come. My old Ridgid TS2410LS is a great saw, but it doesn’t have the cutting capacity for big jobs, it’s dusty, and it’s LOUD.

My new saw is a 3HP Saw Stop Professional Cabinet Saw with the 36” fence, industrial mobile base, and overarm dust collection. I won’t bother doing another review of it – the ones on here are pretty accurate and I love the thing. All I’ll say is that the industrial mobile base is more than worth the extra $100 or so if you have a small shop. Because all 4 wheels rotate I can pivot this thing on a dime with no effort at all. It’s way easier to maneuver than the TS2410LS it replaced!

The big challenge for me was getting the damn thing home. I had it shipped to the store to save a significant amount on shipping. When I arrived at Woodcraft to pick it up they used a forklift to get the palette of boxes into the minivan (yes, it fit – It’s not the coolest thing to drive, but man it can sure haul a lot of stuff!).

When I got home, I had to improvise to get the thing out again. There was no way I was going to manhandle 400+ pounds of saw onto the garage floor and most of my neighbors are in no shape to do heavy lifting. Luckily, my 4”-thick Southern Yellow Pine workbench wan’t done yet (the benefits of procrastination) so I re-purposed it into a temporary unloading ramp. With it, my wife and I could easily lift the saw out by ourselves.

Here’s the improvised ramp and proof that a Honda Odyssey can haul just about anything. Notice that the bottom of my makeshift ramp is wedged against the 1/2” lip of the concrete garage floor so it won’t slip, and the stacks of lumber holding it up are doubled up pyramid-style to make VERY sure the ramp wouldn’t tip or slip off its supports:

To get the saw out my wife and I “walked” the palette to the back of the van, resting it on alternate corners, and then inserted a 2×4 to give us good lifting leverage as we lifted it out and slid it down the ramp. I handed my 7-year-old daughter the camera for this part (she loves to take pictures and did a great job!).

We had to get the saw all the way to the point where we could rest the center support of its loading palette on the ramp. Those wimpy 1/2” palette boards you see on its bottom would have snapped like twigs if we’d tried to pivot on them:

Then we just pivoted…

And slid…

At the bottom I had old towels and cardboard to set the palette on…not to protect the floor but to make it easier to slide the thing where I wanted it.

After that, assembly time was about 6 hours (by myself) and uneventful. The only physically demanding parts were 1) pivoting the saw down into its base (my wife & I managed it as a team by walking the saw off a low platform into the base) and 2) getting the cast-iron top assembled (I did alone but had a few sore muscles afterwards!). Actually, there was one injury…I cut my finger on the sharp edge of the miter slot as I was wiping the packing grease off the table top. Dumb-ass move :) Good thing this baby has lots of safety features because I can be a clutz.

Here’s the finished product. Too bad you can’t see the big grin on my face. I’m one happy guy. I’ll have to update the shop pics soon.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 10:57 AM

Dave, it looks like you and your wife did a good job of unloading the saw and getting it assembled. I am sure you will enjoy using this saw as it is such an improvement over your old saw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 02:47 PM

Ok…. Just a tad jealous….lol

Enjoy Dave!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 03:00 PM

Sweet…’s the one that I want. Showed my wife and she said I can’t buy anymore tools till I start using the ones I have. So I talked her into A/C for the garage err shop. Baby steps.

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 03:00 PM

When I con my wife into something like this she says that I should have married a strong man, no way.

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 05:01 PM

Thanks, gang. I was pretty stoked.

@Maveric – yeah, I must have gone down into the garage the next 10 nights to just stare at it in disbelief.
@jlsmitty – that’s why I took HER van…her only alternative was to drive around forever with my saw in the back!

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 08:48 PM

Dave, let me know how you like the saw, I think that’s going to be the next saw I get down the road, so any advise will be appreciated. Have fun!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 02:01 PM

Congrats, your new table saw.

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 02:27 PM

That’s a great looking saw and I can only imagine how proud you are to own it. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 08-08-2011 02:45 PM

Congrats on the saw! With your jointer knife cover, you’re working on a nice color scheme there;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 12:26 AM

Yeah – the decorator’s coming on Tuesday to help me pick out some drapes for the shop, too, LOL. Seriously, everybody, thanks for the encouragement. This was a very big ticket item for me and I always have a bit of a queasy feeling on those while I’m deciding if it was REALLY worth it. But, so far, so good. This saw is performing like a champ.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 12:33 AM


BIG congrats on the new saw !!!!

It’s a glimpse into my future, since my ICS should be here in another week. I just got the info: 40×40x40 crate, and about 700lbs.

I’m having mine delivered, and got a sheet of ply, and two Harbor Freight furniture dollies, to help me get it around the garage—its temp home. Got the gizmos you got, too, so … glad to know they were $$ well spent !

Enjoy that thing … for a long, long time :-)

-- -- Neil

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 06-24-2012 12:39 PM

Hi Dave;

Congratulations on your new saw!

Is that the same wife that won’t let you put holes in the garage walls?

You look bigger than her in the pictures. I don’t get it. LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-13-2012 10:34 PM

Yeah, Napoleon was short too. Go figure. LOL.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 04-07-2013 05:04 PM

A Saw Stop! On a dolly. doing it right! LOL!

also noticed the other tools on dollies. Thinking ahead! Good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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