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Forum topic by controlfreak posted 04-15-2020 02:43 PM 281 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2020 02:43 PM

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I have been taking my cheap Kobalt TS outside my small shop for longer cuts or rips so I thought the Sawstop jobsite was my only option. Since I don’t need to go to job sites someone suggested I get a saw stop with a mobile base. So here is the question, If I have a 3/4” drop from the shop floor to the future deck height is that too much to clear even if I have a wedge to taper it? I could shave off the door bottoms to rise the deck height but that may cause some water issues during rainy weather if I make it level. For those the have the contractor or cabinet SawStop on a base what are your thoughts on the maximum threshold I can safely roll the saw over? I guess I could lay a 5/8” or 3/4” sheet of plywood down to roll it onto but that means another thing to store when not needed.

The pre-virus plan was to built a bigger shop but I need to put that on hold for now.

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#1 posted 04-15-2020 02:54 PM

which sawstop base were you looking at getting?

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#2 posted 04-15-2020 03:29 PM

If you’re going to move the saw more than just moving it for sweeping once and awhile then get the Industrial sawstop base and not the professional one. I don’t move mine much but wish I had sprung for the industrial base. A guy I know who has one, it moves much easier and more smoothlyl.

I would think that a short ramp would be fine, just keep in mind that the professional sawstop is pretty heavy and the side extension table does lift off the ground when you lift the saw on the base but it does stick out.

BTW.. I have the Prof sawstop and find it everything I had hoped for.

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#3 posted 04-15-2020 03:44 PM

1/4” – 3/8’ clearance is all you have under the saw with the industrial base when fully raised.
Your plywood idea would work.
The SS mobile bases are designed to move on level floors. They are not all terrain.

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#4 posted 04-15-2020 03:50 PM

Might think about DIY with much larger diameter wheels.

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#5 posted 04-15-2020 04:22 PM

Okay, maybe I need a combination attack.

1) Add a gutter to minimize rain water drip.
2) shave some off the door bottom to decrease the distance between the threshold and the to be installed deck.

If I can get difference to about 1/4” I should be able to built some sort of transition piece to get me over the hump. Thanks for pointing out that there is a difference between the Professional base and industrial base.

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#6 posted 04-15-2020 04:29 PM

IMHO – to get over 3/4” step you need a minimum of 4” OD casters.
Have no idea what size Sawstop uses?

Dealt with caster size/obstacle issues for years. My last 4 shops have had same annoying 3/4” drop off at exit of garage to meet building code. The biggest challenge with most generic commercial mobile bases is they don’t have enough ground clearance, often less than 3/4” total to keep center of gravity as low as possible.

Ones I have tested look like this sitting in a 1” wide groove typically used as crack stops in many Arizona driveways:

All but the tallest have parts rubbing on concrete!

The tallest base has 5” casters, and is ~1.25” of the ground. My review of it is here.
If Sawstop doesn’t offer what you need, IMHO – The All Terrain Base might work?

PS – Mobile base casters hate me, and I hate them!

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#7 posted 04-15-2020 04:54 PM

Well, the worse case for you would be having the plywood pieces. It might work with a short ramp (I think it will actually) but if you did need the plywood, it wouldn’t be a sheet…you could get by with 2 strips that are maybe 6” wide and long enough to get the saw out. IIRC I moved mine over a drop of about 3/4” when we moved here 4 years ago. I had to roll it out of the shop onto the concrete drive to load it on the trailer…but bear in mind I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. Interesting that SS doesn’t publish the lift height anywhere that I can find. I’ve never measured it but it’s not much.

Edit: OK I measured mine. I had 5/16” floor clearance under the carriage when I jacked it up as far as it would go.

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