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Forum topic by cmacnaughton posted 11-18-2019 07:12 PM 213 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cmacnaughton

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11-18-2019 07:12 PM

Is it ok to transport a bandsaw (14”) horizontally in a car/SUV for a fairly short distance, i.e. 40 miles or so? I would rather not spend the money and hassle of renting a small box truck or pickup for transport, if at all possible. The saw would be secure/immobile, but I’m wondering what the chances are of damage or unbalancing in horizontal transport.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice


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#1 posted 11-18-2019 08:41 PM

Yes.
IMHO – works best if you can keep band saw laying on the back spine of the frame. Don’t dent the front sheet metal covers, or bent any thing on back of upper wheel; if you can support it to sit on the skinny, but stronger side. I cut a u-shaped pieces of plywood, and screwed it to 3’ of 2×4 to keep wheels vertical and laying on spine.

Note – Must remove the cast iron table prior to any transport!
The pivoting brackets that hold the cast iron tables do not handle impact stress very well. The cast iron tables are also horribly weak handles to use while lifting or moving it. Can not tell you how many times I have seen bandsaws for sale on CL, that need new brackets after being moved without removing the tables first.

YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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cmacnaughton

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 08:53 PM



Yes.
IMHO – works best if you can keep band saw laying on the back spine of the frame. Don t dent the front sheet metal covers, or bent any thing on back of upper wheel; if you can support it to sit on the skinny, but stronger side. I cut a u-shaped pieces of plywood, and screwed it to 3 of 2×4 to keep wheels vertical and laying on spine.

Note – Must remove the cast iron table prior to any transport!
The pivoting brackets that hold the cast iron tables do not handle impact stress very well. The cast iron tables are also horribly weak handles to use while lifting or moving it. Can not tell you how many times I have seen bandsaws for sale on CL, that need new brackets after being moved without removing the tables first.

YMMV

- CaptainKlutz


Excellent advice. Left to my own devices I would have placed it on its side and not removed the table. I’m glad I asked. Thank you.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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Thorbjorn88

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 09:36 PM

Shoulda read this last week! Hopefully I didn’t damage anything on the bandsaw I got from craigslist.

-- Dave

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