I tried the methods of 2X12's on the stairs and all that and we just about
killed ourselves moving the lightest machine, a 275 pound bandsaw into the
basement. I have decided that just like my home two houses ago, I will be
cutting a hole in the family room floor and lowering the machines down that
way. I will be starting the hole cutting later this week so I am looking
for suggetions as too mounting back in the floor joists. Last time I
slabbed two more joists on to the existing outer joists and used joist
hangers to run the new inserted joists perpendicular between the outer ones.
This worked well and made it easy to remove the joists for removal of the
tools but I'm wondering if anyone has any better suggestions.
Next time I move, I should sell the house to a woodworker and save the
hassle of removing the tools.
I'd stick with the stairs rather than risking boogering up the floor joists.
Consider an electric hoist and/or a come-along, with a backup safety rope.
A simple sled for the tool to ride down the incline. I have an industrial
furniture dolly with tank treads on the back. This would work quite well
to move safely down the steps as long as the decent was being controlled by
One of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberD006 , and
a safety rope, could make this a much easier job. I have one of these
hoists at work and at home. Works great as long as you pay attention to the
lay of the cable on the spool.
There's machine climbing stairs designed for evacuating the disabled in
cases of emergency. They're usually rated for people that are very heavy.
You might consider sourcing one of these out and renting it. The operating
instructions will give you a minimum turning diameter for using one of these
in case turns need to be made. Of course, this is all dependent on your
stairs not having too many turns or twists and having enough room to
manoeuvre as well as being able to support the weight. Assuming all of that
is workable, mounting a woodworking machine on one of these machine climbing
stairs is your problem. :)
Again, dependent on your stairs, I'm not quite sure why you can't winch a
machine down skids on the stairs. I guess you've already considered this.
I had to disassemble a queen-size box spring to get it into our bedroom and
with that I said I would sell the box spring with the house. I guess I got
off easy. There must not be a Mrs. Blair because let me 'splain what would
happen if I told *my* wife I was going to be cutting some floor joists to
move in some equipment. Like 2manytoyz, I was also thinking of an electric
hoist. If it was my house/wife, I bet I could find a way to make that work
before I started sawing floor joists. Heck, if you had to anchor it by
bolting it to the floor it would still be less damage than what you have in
mind. I'm sure you're a handy guy and have probably considered all of this
The second part of the EMS law which states "the bigger the patient, the
smaller your partner" is "and the closer the quarters." With all the rules
we incorporate into building codes, you'd think getting rid of right-angle
entryways would be one with some value.
Sounds like the OP would be well served by a cellar door. If it's tough to
get machines in, it'll be as tough to get other supplies in - and finished
I'm envisioning a gantry crane hung from the family room
ceiling, double sliding doors out to the garage, maybe even
a loading dock off the front door stoop.
Anyways (notawerd) I got my machines into the basement the
easy way, I had the movers do it.
UA100, wondering, if it's not a troll, if maybe something on
the *outside* of the house might/could be better, 'specially
if it ended up with a glass door (more daylight)...
Now you're reminding me of my sister-in-law's parents house. She was
one of the 13 children that were raised on an old farm. Her father
would heard a cow that was to be slaughtered into the basement. Shoot
it there and then hoist it through a trap door in the kitchen floor,
suspending it from the kitchen ceiling while it was butchered. Low
ceilings in the basement.
Buffalo, NY - USA
Try disassembling your equipment and taking them down the stairs in
manageable pieces. Prior to assembling my new Unisaw I removed the top and
carried it down the stairs then followed with the base....one step at a
time. I also moved a 14" Delta closed base bandsaw, Jet 6" closed base
jointer and a Delta 10" radial arm saw down the stairs by either
disassembling or carrying down one step at a time. When I say "one step at
a time" I am referring to resting the equipment on a step then lifting and
then lowering to the next....takes 2 people.
Have you considered how you are going to get the tools out if you move? Cut
another hole in the floor to lift everything out?
Find a strong friend to help....you'll find a way without cutting holes in
"Blair" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Can you expound on taking the unisaw apart? I've managed to get
machines as large as a 6" jointer down my basement stairs in pieces. I
dearly want to upgrade to a unisaw-style table saw, but the fear of
moving it has so far kept me back.
How hard was it to take apart and put back together? What where the two
sections? How big and heavy was each one?
All we did was take the cast iron top off and moved it down in two
I don't recall what the weight of the sections were.
You can even take the cast iron top apart in three sections and you
could remove the motor to make it even lighter.
Blair, as mentioned, I also used a furniture dolly with tracks on the
back to load (down and back up when I moved) my tools. This included
my PM66 table saw which I left the motor and top attached (over
400lbs?) which my buddy and I did by ourselves. It wasn't as bad as
it seemed, just take one step at a time and don't rush it. It would
be smart to do with a third person and a safety rope. If you've ever
seen someone belay (sp?) a rock climber, the advantage of running the
rope around a secured pivot is incredible.
Good luck, I also vote for saving the floor joists and trying the
Have you checked with a professional industrial moving & rigging firm?
These are companies that specialize in moving large, heavy and awkward
industrial items. They would have the proper gear and experienced crew to
move your tools. They would also have insurance coverage in case something
goes wrong. Sure, I'd rather do it myself with some buddies but it would be
a cold day in hell before WHMBO would let _me_ cut a hole in her family
room. She would not like to see me at the bottom of the stairs, under what
used to be, that *&^% saw, bleeding all over the basement floor, either.
Give the pros a call, I bet they can do it for way less than you think.
Let us know how you end up doing it. Good Luck!
I cannot urge strongly enough; DO NOT cut a hole in your floor!
Unless you are skilled in the building trade(s), you are not likely to get
the floor nearly as strong as it was prior! - POSSIBLE, of course, but
Among the problems you're opening yourself up to is compromising the
structural integrity of the house in the sense of resale value (it WILL
come up sooner or later). That is to say; "...why the hell did he cut a
hole in the freakin' living room floor - REALLY?"
It WILL look stupid to them, and frankly, your reason, while honest to be
sure, DOES sound a bit strange given that there ARE better, SIMPLE
ways to do this.
One way I would suggest:
Again, the 2x12's on the steps - BUT: Brace the stairs beneath, obviously.
(Assuming) you have exterior access via either a bulkhead (sloping doors
over staircase) or a straight (+/-) line from outside to basement.
If you can procure a vehicle-mounted winch (or fasten the cable directly
to the vehicle's frame/bumper/tow point/?), play out the line 'til you
the bottom of the stairs/whatever point you like to make certain you
have sufficient. Notice where the line will abrade the floor/edges of
steps/etc.. Pad these spots with plywood pieces fixed in place via
hot-melt glue, (?),
Then use the vehicle's/winch's muscles to do the heavy work!
An [architect's] suggestion only - but one I have used successfully several
I sincerely hope this helps you out...
"I tried the methods of 2X12's on the stairs and all that and we just about
"killed ourselves moving the lightest machine, a 275 pound bandsaw into the
"basement. I have decided that just like my home two houses ago, I will be
"cutting a hole in the family room floor and lowering the machines down that
"way. I will be starting the hole cutting later this week so I am looking
"for suggetions as too mounting back in the floor joists. Last time I
"slabbed two more joists on to the existing outer joists and used joist
"hangers to run the new inserted joists perpendicular between the outer ones.
"This worked well and made it easy to remove the joists for removal of the
"tools but I'm wondering if anyone has any better suggestions.
"Next time I move, I should sell the house to a woodworker and save the
"hassle of removing the tools.
Once again, thanks to all for the input,
I might contact the SCM Minimax dealer I bought the units from and check
about removing the tops. The following is a link to a site that shows the
shaper and jointer/planer. The shaper is about 650 lbs with the motor hung
from the table and has a setup of adjusting cranks going out two sides. I
don't think I would be able to reassemble it, let alone try to regain its
accuracy. http://www.cooperhorton.com/minimax/ As for the FS30
Jointer/Planer, it also weighs about the same and is easier to remove the
infeed and outfeed tables, but with both of them being adjustable and the
fact that the SCM technician uses a $500.00 CAD, Starrett straight edge to
level the tops, I don't think my $50.00 straight edge would do. I have
taken my Unisaw apart before and getting it back together was easy. Delta
builds them much simpler and they're much easier to work with than the SCM
Better yet, Buy a house with a walkout basement. That was my criteria
in my latest home purchase. I gave up the cathedral ceilings and other
niceties of new construction, but I now have a 4100 sf walkout
basement with multiple doors including a 10ft wide double door.
Yes, it's nice to have a large walkout basement. You can't build
everyhouse like that because it requires a certain lay of the land.
You need to have a flat front yard, sloping within the width of the
house to a level backyard which is about 12 fet lower than the front.
This enables essentially an extra story when viewed from the rear.
My home is large, but not as large as might be expected based on the
4100 sf basement. That's because it's a ranch. Chose this specifically
for these characteristics, i.e. ranches having all their square
footage on one level, tend to have very large basements because the
homes footprint is larger. But yes, ranches do cost more per sf to
build. Took me 3 years to find this house.
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