I just bought a 3HP Unisaw from an estate, a nice upgrade from my
contractor's saw except that it needs a better fence. I'll be
transporting it 15-20 miles to its new home this weekend on a utility
After removing the fence rails, extension wings, etc., I'm wondering
whether it would be preferable to transport the machine upright or
upside-down. In terms of stress on the internals, would one
orientation be better than the other, or am I fretting too much over
the risk of damage from the trip? It isn't as though I'm going to be
climbing boulders or traveling on plank roads.
Any advice from the other cabinet saw owners here?
My jet Cabinet saw motor came with a support bracket to ease the strain
during shipping. Unisaws tend to have a problem with trunions breaking and
was usually blamed on shipping IIRC. I would leave it up right and probably
remove the motor.
That is the best advice. While removing the motor is not absolutely
necessary,it doesn't take long to do it and it takes a lot of strain
off of the motor bracket that gets transmitted to the rest of the
internals. If you don't want to remove it, tilt it so that it
retracts into the cabinet and block it up from the dust chute or the
truck bed if yours is old enough not to have a dust chute.
Most important is to tie the unit off so that there is no chance of
tipping over. The centroid or center of gravity is relatively high.
Tipping over and hitting the table edge is what will break your
I would go ahead and take the top off. You only need to remove four
bolts and ones that you will probably need to loosen to adjust things
when you get it home anyway. I've seen guys remove the top with the
fence and extension wings still mounted to it. Unlike the contractors
saw, none of the guts are bolted to the top. If you still need to
lighten it up for loading go ahead and take the motor off. With the
motor off and the top off two guys can get it in the back of a
I see them moved from job site to job site in cube vans and trailers.
The saws have been disassembled to the same level as yours, and are
upright on the vehicle.
One of the guys even made a special case that holds the saw, removed
wings and small parts, and turns into a nice outfeed table at the job.
The case has hard points for easy tie down in the vehicle. There is no
padding in the case.
We will typically treat our own tools much differently than the typical
common carrier. Any stationary tool shipping damage I've ever heard
about was caused by common carrier, and not the average joe moving it
from place of purchase to shop, or from job to job.
I think you're fretting too much. <G>
You are fretting too much.... you should see how they move pianos. If the
motor is mounted correctly, i.e. not straining the belts, there should be
no problem. Taking the saw apart just makes it lighter to move.
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