Moving a unisaw

Moving out of state and need to move the unisaw. Don't have gigantic arm and back muscles. Don't have much in what you would call help. I know the motor comes off. What else can I remove? and would welcome and appreciate all suggestions.
Thanks much in advance.
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AlysonsDad asks:

Motor, fence rails, cast iron extensions. You've saved a good bit right there. You might also have long extension tables and their legs that can come off.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (ALYSONSDAD) wrote in

How are you planning to transport the rest of your shop equipment? A woodworker with a Unisaw seldom has just the cabinet saw. There's generally a ton (literally) of other 'supporting stuff'. The top and wings can be removed, as well, if that makes sense to you. The challenge I see is that even the pieces are of an awkward size and weight for one person.
How would I go about it, without the sons and nephews and friends that congregate at such times? Pallets, a rented engine hoist, and the proper equipment for loading, securing and transporting all this neat gear. In fact, even with 6-10 healthy bodies around, those items make sense.
Securing the load, so that it can be safely transported, and not destroy itself and everything else in, and including, the truck, is an art form unto itself.
There was a thread earlier this year, about moving shop tools, and a lot of wisdom was shared. Google is your friend.
Otherwise, consider a sell and rebuy approach. Transportation 'out-of- state' is not free, and unless you have a classic saw...
Patriarch
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On 22 Sep 2004 23:18:30 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (ALYSONSDAD) wrote:

remove the top the motor and the fence. that should make it lite enough for one man to handle. when you get where you are going you will need to true the saw up anyway.it will also transport easier and in less space without the fence rails attached.
fred
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fred preston wrote:

And when you go to look for your balls, check your socks.
OK, not saying it can't be done but really you want some help unless you like finding yourself or your saw in harms way.
UA100, who did move a Unisaw with the top and motor removed with the help of a youngster but wouldn't try it solo unless he liked his balls in his socks...
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wrote:

lmao!!!! however with a little thought about leverage and the use of ramps and dolly it aint that bad. but then i usualy just place my balls in my pocket so's they dont get lost! lol....i moved mine myself from a room in the house to the shop 40 feet away down 5 steps and accross the yard with the top and 30 inch beis still intact. now mind ya i am only 165 lbs. i did have a large door to get it out of the house. i built a ramp with supports that wae 16 feet long and put some concrete blocks under it every 4 feet or so and used a crow bar to get it on some blocks then repeated the process till it was tall enough to get a four wheel dolly underneath. when i rolled it down the ramp i used a large rope around a 4x4 across the doorway to keep some sort of controll on the saw. didnt want it to getaway from me. :-}> work smart and ya dont have to work hard! brute force is the worst way to move heavy objects.
fred
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Hey Fred, are mine in there?! I moved a uni out of my basement myself. Laid some plywood on the bulkhead steps and dollyed her up. I might have taken a more conservative approach, but the saw belonged to someone else:)
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I'd seriously consider uping the price on the house a couple thousand dollars and leave it there. ;~) Then buy a new one and have it delivered.

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If it is a local move, back a pickup close to the saw. Lay down some old blankets. Lean the saw to the truck bed and turn it up onto its top. I've got a carpenter buddy who moves his this way from job to job.. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Keep the whole world singing . . . . DanG (remove the sevens) snipped-for-privacy@7cox.net

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a unisaw? some of the lighter contractor's saws, maybe...

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I worked for a fellow that lost one out of the back of his p/u truck. We knew the difference.

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Eric Ryder wrote:

Are we talking about his ball(s) or the saw?
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wrote:

prolly BOTH!!!! lol....
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And his lower jaw for awhile..

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Do you have a local moving company that can help you? A few years ago we moved from a house into storage and then into our present house when it was finished. We had a local company do both moves and they were quite reasonable. A friend of mine and my daughter's family had the same company move their furniture onto a rental truck and all the charged was labor for a couple of movers for 2-3 hours.
When they did our move they brought 3 guys out to move our 800 pound gun safe which is far outclasses the Unisaw, even with all parts attached. I would think a crew like this would move a Unisaw and complete shop equipment onto a truck for a couple of hundred bucks. By the way the same company delivered that safe, when purchased years before, for $70.
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On 22 Sep 2004 23:18:30 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (ALYSONSDAD) wrote:

I don't have a Unisaw, but my Wadkin is pretty similar.
I went to collect it with a hired van, my engine crane, the trained gorilla and the usual collection of sack trucks and ropes. The guy I bought it from had two hulking sons on hand to help too.
Then once I'd took the table extensions off, and the table itself, I stuck it on the sack truck and stuck it in the back of the van all on my own. I didn't even take the motor off. For safety's sake I think two of us did the big hump in and out of the van step together, but all the rest was single handed. Given the amount of moving tackle I'd brought along, I was amazed just what a lightweight it was, once you'd separated body and table.
Compared to the last time I'd been down in Essex, delivering the trained gorilla's enormous lathe, this was a picnic. Moving the lathe takes three of us, the crane, some danger and around three hours' solid swearing to get the stand bolted back together.
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Thanks for the great advice. I'll let you know if I have a bent and mangled unisaw for sale. Thanks for the advice about the balls. My wife has decided that my balls are useless anyway.
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I've moved several Unis and PM66 by myself. I back the truck up to them, tip it over so the back edge of the top hangs on the tailgate, and lift the bottom while I slide it in. It's not magic and you don't lift that much weight. It's easier with two people, but not essential. Standing it back up in the truck for hauling is the hardest part, but still not that bad. I'm 49 and in decent, but not exceptional shape.
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