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Forum topic by docspencer posted 05-20-2017 04:12 PM 1925 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2017 04:12 PM

We are moving from Indiana to Maryland soon and I’m taking my Rigid Table Saw. After some online research I decided to take off the rails and fence and set it upside down on a pallet. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pack the rails and fence. I also have a 4’ level that might fit into whatever it is that’ll contain the rails/fence. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 04:51 PM

Hey Doc, Retiring or taking a new job?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 05:19 PM

Hey, Mike! I am retiring – moving to be nearer the grandkids. How are you doing?

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 06:40 PM

You might do something like wrap it up in
a moving blanket held closed with tape.

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 06:43 PM

If you don’t have a box that will fit, you might try mounting the rails to a board for rigidity. I’d also be sure to mark the saw and fence “package 1 or 2”, and “package 2 of 2”, as well as “keep together” on each so they’re less likely to get separated….you might even color coordinate them somehow.

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 06:54 PM

Honestly for that table saw I’d sell it locally and purchase another after you move. Just my preference as the disassembly reassembly packing and storage of the small pieces just allows for to many problems on a move that far for a sub 1k saw. Also don’t forget your trunions or the cast iron table to frame connections unless you have the original box they could take a pounding from a load shift while in transit. You can buy a new Ridgid or the Lowe’s delta version for under 600 new after the move.

Just moved myself to a new suburb and the shop was definitely the biggest headache. Moving company broke the table trunions on my cheap 14” Ridgid bandsaw, broke the mobile base on the Lowe’s delta table saw, dented and scratched the hell out of the lower cabinet on my Laguna 14bx. Needless to say wasn’t happy.

Good luck with the move.

AJ in mpls

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 12:38 AM

I agree w/Loren. Congrats on retirement, and good luck on the move.

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#7 posted 06-03-2017 01:06 AM

Good luck with your move. I also went from West Lafayette to Kent Island in Maryland (via a 34 year layover in upstate NY). Where in MD are you headed?

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 02:30 AM

With the saw upside down on a pallet, you could go all the way and crate it. 1/4” ply and 2×4 crate on the pallet. Would most likely be enough room for the rails inside the crate. You will need to take the wings off too.

-- John

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