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Forum topic by cowboyup3371 posted 08-17-2019 06:47 PM 249 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2019 06:47 PM

I picked up a brand new but maybe only used once DW788 last weekend for half the price after a guy, whose dad bought it but now has dementia, sold it to raise some money and clear out the garage. I also then picked up the stand for it but couldn’t start to put it together until today. I noticed the instructions state I should bolt the stand to the floor. Is this to help reduce the vibrations? If so, our shop has a concrete floor and I really don’t want to drill into it (yes easy to do but). Is it really necessary to bolt it to the floor or can I maybe put it on 3/4” plywood and throw some wheels underneath instead to make it more mobile?

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#1 posted 08-17-2019 06:53 PM

Well, personally I wouldn’t bolt it to the floor…..but I probably also would put wheels on it, unless they were completely retractable to let the saw set on the floor. But let me mention, I’m not a heavy scrollsaw user.

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#2 posted 08-17-2019 11:28 PM

There’s no reason to bolt it to the floor. I do have mine on a plywood platform with a couple of wheels on the back so I can pick it up and roll it out to vacuum the sawdust around it. But they don’t vibrate enough to require bolting down.

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#3 posted 08-18-2019 02:51 AM

The Instructions saying to BOLT IT TO THE FLOOR is for legal liability reasons. Protects the manufacture from law suits, incase of accident. Not everybody has common sense in safety, consumers may have cents but not common sense. there are reasons for 10 pages of safety before you get to instruction of how to assemble or use the product. My scroll saw only gets set on my workbench if I’m using it.

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#4 posted 08-18-2019 12:26 PM

Mine’s not bolted to the floor and I have no vibration.

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#5 posted 08-18-2019 05:59 PM

Thanks guys; set it up this morning when it was still fairly cool and so far it seems to work well. It’s a bit on the warm side now with the humidity and all so I’ll wait until this evening to do any more with it.

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