Sawstop PCS Mobile base #1: Planning

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Blog entry by pneufab posted 03-31-2013 10:25 PM 3882 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to try doing a Blog. Although this project is going to be a metal working project, it is for a wood working tool. :)

I ordered my Sawstop 3HP PCS a few weeks ago and it will arrive next week (4/1). I am on vacation the following week so I plan to get it assembled and tuned up.

I was planning to get the mobile base for free (the promo that they are currently running) but as I was doing some thinking, I decided against it and will get the dust collection instead, for two reasons.

1. My current table saw is about 36” + high. The Sawstop is only about 34”. Being 6’1” I prefer a height of about 38”. With the PCS mobile base, I think the saw will be too low for comfort so I want to raise it up a few inches.

2. My garage is constantly converting between metal working, auto painting and woodworking. I need to have a mobile base to tuck the saw against the wall. With the two fixed casters on the PCS mobile base, it will be more difficult to maneuver into the space against the wall, that it will live most of the time. The industrial base is nice, but too expensive and does not raise the saw up enough.

I came up with a few designs, one overly complicated using a air suspension bag to raise and lower (I used to spend a lot of time building minitrucks and have spare parts) but decided to make a simple one. I have a tendency to over complicate even the simplest projects.

Here is what I decided on, pretty basic (I am proud of myself!) Casters and feet are on order. I want to get this completed in a timely fashion so I hope by “blogging” about it, it will motive me to get it knocked out quickly! The tubing sizes are partially based on what I have on hand as scraps to try and use up some material.

Overall, I should have under $100.00 in materials.

UPDATE: The saw has arrived :)

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 03:20 PM

I’d love one of them one of these days! Your build looks great!

-- Dennis, WV

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