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Forum topic by Xylofun posted 12-13-2021 01:25 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Xylofun

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12-13-2021 01:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw moving alone trick tip

Since I know there will be a few people who are fortunate enough to get a SawStop this Christmas season, I wanted to share how I brought the SawStop PCS home and moved it into my shop by myself.

Before purchasing a SawStop PCS I spent a lot of time trying to figure out if I could move this thing on my own. I assume that, once you have decided on the PCS you also looked at how much it weighs. I don’t live in a place where the liftgate delivery service is an option (and given the price of the saw, I couldn’t stomach another $150.), and I also don’t have friends that can help me move it. I searched the internet and there were a few people who did it themselves, which gave me the confidence that I could figure it out.

I bought the saw at a Rockler store. (I think they get a commission at the store, so it was important to me to actually go in and buy it.) Before purchasing my wife was worried about how I would get it into my shop and I told her that I had a plan. When they called a few weeks later to tell me that the saw arrived at the store, my wife found out that my plan to bring it home and unload it was to “figure it out.” You can imagine how this went over.

I rented a UHaul van (not a moving truck) and drove to the store. The van cost me $30. At Rockler, they loaded the saw and accessories (it comes with several boxes) into the van with a forklift. It is important to make sure that they keep the saw ON THE PALLET….the Pallet is needed to move this thing.

When I got home I put three 2×6x8s up against the van to make a “ramp.” (You want to make sure that your 2×6s aren’t angled too steep.) I thought I could push the saw onto the 2×6s with my legs and then use gravity to move it down the lumber…I was wrong. It did not move at all.

So there I was: Staring at this cabinet saw, which took months of saving to buy, in the back of a UHaul van. I looked around the shop for ANYTHING that might help and there it was: a wooden dowel closet rod that I kept after I redid my wife’s closet. SCRAP. It was about 5 feet long and about 1.5 inches in diameter. I used the rod as a lever: I placed it under one corner of the pallet at a time, lifted, and shimmied the pallet to the 2×6s. Once it got onto the 2×6s, gravity did most of the work but the weight of the saw kept it from sliding down uncontrollably.

At the bottom of the “ramp” I had a 12” x 12” furniture dolly that the previous owners left behind at the house (it is four pieces of wood with four wheels attached). I got a portion of the saw on top of that dolly and wheeled it into the shop (once some of the weight is transferred, moving it with one person is doable.) It is important to note that the dolly was not centered under the pallet. Once I got it to the shop I tilted the saw onto the floor and kicked the dolly out from underneath. Again, some of the weight was resting on the floor so keeping it lifted was doable.

I share this because I know someone out there will “google” – like I did – how to move a saw stop on your own. You can do it. You saved enough money to afford this expensive piece of equipment – you’ll find a way to get into the shop.


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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 12-13-2021 04:37 PM

Nice work! I’m looking to upgrade from the JSS to the PCS myself. But I have an engine hoist, so moving it is a non-issue for me. One could rent one for short-term rates. I’m 69 years old and am having a hard time justifying the expense of a newer saw to myself, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 12-13-2021 06:37 PM

You can do a lot with lever and rollers but not without really thinking about what mass in motion can do. Not only can a saw get hurt but a person in the way can suffer greatly. A lift gate delivery and a palette jack may not be a bad investment if things didn’t work out. Glad you both made it intact!

I had one of these moments about five or ten years ago. I put a ladder into a tree and climbed up with a chain saw. I looked around and thought this doesn’t feel right. I said to myself “I make enough money to let someone else do this”. As we age we shouldn’t take the risks we did while young. We are wiser, not as nimble and don’t heal well.

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Knockonit

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#3 posted 12-13-2021 06:48 PM

ask any millwright, he will share that a lever, wheels and or pipe are your friend, had them teach me how to move very heavy equipment back in the day, large metal lathes shimmed and leveled, relocated, what i thought at first was a daunting task, was simple as opening a pull tab beer, uh oh, some may not know that one, lol
congrats on success, dust away
r j in az

-- Living the dream

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controlfreak

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#4 posted 12-13-2021 07:08 PM

Some of the old timer can be pretty clever. I can remember one where they were going to need to remove a section of roof to have a crane lower a huge piece of machinery into a recess in the floor. He said “I can get it in there for (can’t remember the dollar amount)” They gave him the contract. He installed a sump pump and packed the entire recess with block ice. Took a fork lift and pushed the piece of machinery onto the ice and said “come Monday that will be in that hole!”

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#5 posted 12-14-2021 03:48 PM

How did you keep the 2×8s from sliding away as you shimmied the pallet onto them??

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Dark_Lightning

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#6 posted 12-14-2021 03:51 PM



ask any millwright, he will share that a lever, wheels and or pipe are your friend, had them teach me how to move very heavy equipment back in the day, large metal lathes shimmed and leveled, relocated, what i thought at first was a daunting task, was simple as opening a pull tab beer, uh oh, some may not know that one, lol
congrats on success, dust away
r j in az

- Knockonit

Having worked as a millwright, I agree.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Xylofun

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#7 posted 12-14-2021 04:40 PM



How did you keep the 2×8s from sliding away as you shimmied the pallet onto them??

- PCDub


If I remember, one edge was up against the lip of the concrete and the other was up against the back of the van. They may not have been up against the concrete, but this ended up not being an issue that I had to figure out as I went.

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jonah

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#8 posted 12-14-2021 06:54 PM

If you are willing to take the thing fully apart, it’s actually quite easy to move a cabinet saw by yourself.

And by apart, I mean taking the table off, the motor out, potentially the trunnions off, et cetera.

About five years ago I moved a Unisaw in a Hyundai Elantra hatchback by myself with nothing but a pair of work gloves and a socket/wrench set.

The motor is most awkward/heaviest individual piece IIRC, and it’s about 90lbs. The base, once you remove the table and possibly the trunnions (I didn’t but thought about it) is awkward but not that heavy without the motor.

If you don’t want to take it apart as much, your method sounds reasonable, if perhaps a bit unsafe at points.

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dbw

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#9 posted 12-14-2021 10:25 PM

I paid a local equipment moving company $44 to bring my SS PCS from my local Woodcraft to my house. The $44 included putting it in my garage. This was some of the best $44 I ever spent.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#10 posted 12-14-2021 11:11 PM



I paid a local equipment moving company $44 to bring my SS PCS from my local Woodcraft to my house. The $44 included putting it in my garage. This was some of the best $44 I ever spent.

- dbw

Well done. Past a certain age, even riggers and movers need professional help. I’ve found they are actually a bargain for what they do.

-- Think safe, be safe

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