Based on 500 miles usage, 10 MPG,and $4/gal fuel cost, you have about
$200 total fuel cost.
Rent truck with a "Tommy Gate" mid week, allow $100/day, less than
Do some night time driving, you're on the clock.
Less than $500 gets the job done, if you WANT to do it.
"WANT" is relative. I will want it more when I am more ready to use it.
I built my DP baseboard and assembled my DP and BS this summer. I'm
ready to get going on my lights and painting. Admittedly I got a bit
neglectful while I worried about this TS which I never touched or heard.
I just dated it...and things didn't work out. Maybe if I had touched
her outfeed table things mitre be different... I'll miss her, she had a
nice looking fence.
Thanks for reminding me about that Leon. I WAS able to locate 22' lift
gate trucks (Penske), but they were not available for "one-way" rental.
The rental price was some nominal amout + .79cents/mile. Of course, at
almost 500 miles, the latter, along with gas, might be significant. As
you may have read, Swingman described your efforts at moving a saw on a
mobile base using a lift gate truck as practically effortless! One thing
is certain, next time I see a saw, I will not have to search for the
answer to the question, as I have done more than once before, "HOW can I
move that saw by tomorrow?"!
For the saw auctioned today, I wasn't even sure how I was going to get
it onto the liftgate by myself so I was tentatively chose the plan which
left me with a trailer hitch.
By the way, Swingman's words weren't wasted on me--mobile bases wouldn't
ship for 5 days--and that was too vague for my purposes now.
Damn Bill, you did not tell them you were coming did you? LOL
t might be cheaper for you to fly to Houston, rent the PV rental truck
and go from here, deliver the saw to your home and fly the PZ rental
people up to your house to return their truck! IIRC I had to pay 15~25
cents per mile, still high but 79 cents per mile is robbery!
The difference in price may reflect a business versus a non-business
rental. Of course, I am in the later category.
The trucks with lift gates are owned by the local units--at least at
Penske. For just driving a truck back and forth across, 79 cents a mile
is reasonable enough. Clearly it is not as suitable for a long trip.
Next time I ask I will appear more shocked when I am quoted a .79 mile
rate, and I'll tell 'em Leon sent me! : )
One person can load a Unisaw, on a mobile base, easily with a pickup
truck equipped with a Tommylift tail gate.
For a box truck, where the bed is much higher off the ground, two are
ideal ... one to push the lift gate button, and one to steady the
extension table (which is hanging off the lift) for the longer trip up.
Neither person has to lift anything.
A mobile base is almost a necessity for most of us with a cabinet saw,
unless your shop is so big that you'll only move it once/in.
In visiting the site you sent, I started getting exciting over the Delta
Unisaws...then I noticed that they all appear to use 3-phase power
(which in retrospect makes sense...). All things considered, I think
that stops my further consideration of them. Still, thanks again for
It could be worth getting one, if you were to sell the motor on it, and get
a new single phase motor, or have a shop rewind yours, if you can find a
shop. Saws like these are worth a good bit more than a newer lightweight.
-- Jim in NC
Thanks for the information Jim.
BTW, you were the person who "sold me" on the idea of building the DP
base board with four 4" casters and legs a few months ago. It got
finished this week and has a DP sitting on it. Building it taught me a
lot of lessons and gave me some practice with my router. Are the
casters likely to get a flat side if I let the DP rest on them for long?
I enjoy that I can move it effortlessly with one hand. Along with the
baseboard I'm sure it is close to 300#. If it were to tip it is unlikely
that I could catch it so I'm glad I don't have to move the DP with a dolly!
How do you secure it once you get it situated, Bill?
I think you meant to say "hand truck", dincha? What you built was a
And while we're at it, one stands -on- a podium and -at/behind- a
lectern. </pet peeves>
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy
simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
-- Storm Jameson
Morgans gets most of the credit for giving me the idea. It has four 3
1/2" (3.75" long), 3/8" carriage bolts each of which screws into a
threaded insert in the bottom of the frame/base. These allow the bolts
to go 3" into the frame (twobafour). Since the bottom of the wheels
extend about 1 1/4" below the frame, if the screws are tightened enough
the unit stands on its wheels. If they are extended more than 1 1/4"
then the unit will rest on the carriage bolts. I know you get the idea
but I will post a picture after my wife "fixes" our camera.
I haven't actually tried resting the unit the carriage bolts yet. I had
no difficulty testing the DP with the unit on wheels. The force of
gravity along with the friction of the concrete floor is enough to keep
the unit from moving. When I was finished I just moved it 6 feet off to
the side, with ease, swept up, and moved it back just as easy! I
under-estimated how much I would enjoy the ease of pushing it across the
garage floor! I am still respectful of the fact that it could easily
harm person or property if it fell over, so I don't want to suggest that
I push or pull it around in a lackadaisical manner. When it finds it's
place I will slide some wooden blocks underneath the frame for insurance
(although this may be redundant because if a leg/bolt gives, it will
fall to a wheel). Trust me that I'll try not to under-do it!
Type "appliance dolly" into a search engine and see what comes up!
I'm sure you are correct. BTW, I like to think I built a "mobile base"!
I forgot to try riding it down the driveway. :)
Didn't know that either! Gosh!
I'm on Day 2 of assembling the BS now. Day 1 involved assembling it's
Delta mobile base, unpacking, cleaning and reading the directions. The
BS assembly work for Day 2 is about to commence. I'm going to go check
out the current price of the TS being auctioned that Sonny referred me
to.. What is your summer project?
If you chose wisely, they won't get flats. The softer the worse.
Are the bolts long enough to double-nut and use a socket on an
electric drill to run up and down? It'll save you a lot of time and
hassle if you do it that way.
Well, looky there! They're selling mobile bases again.
Instead of the knobs, double nuts would run those stop pad bolts down
in under a minute.
I believe we can trust you on that. <titter>
I think that might have been fun, but the traffic would be hell,
seein' as you didn't provide a hand brake on the thing.
It amazes me that 99% of people don't seem to know that difference or
the one between dolly and hand truck.
DECLUTTERING the house and shop. I'm knee deep in paperwork and
packratted items, so anything after that is gravy. <sigh>
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
-- Margaret Lee Runbeck
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