You can tell from the above photo that our Unisaw has gone mobile. The base came in last week and I finally found the time to put the base together.
It’s super-easy to assemble. A couple bolts hold the stationary wheels in place, add the two clips to the end of the base in which the extension table legs sit, then attach the swivel caster to the foot apparatus and the entire assembly to the frame, then you’re ready to rock. That’s when you’ll need help.
With the joke, “How many editors does it take to …¦” knocking about in my head, it took three editors to get the table saw situated into the mobile base. After positioning the base under the extension table and tight to the saw bottom, we tilted the saw up, lifting at the table legs. With enough clearance, Megan Fitzpatrick slid the base under one edge of the saw and Bob Lang and I slowly allowed the unit to settle down onto the mobile base.
All that was left was to wrestle the saw into its base location. Megan held the mobile base from moving as we jockeyed the unit in place. With a bit of a thump, the table saw nestled into the mobile base.
The final step to secure the two units together is to add the J-hooks at the extension legs (see the photo). This is a bang-up method to hold the legs to the unit , fast, cheap and easy. Someone at Delta was thinking. Nice job.
The mobile base works great. If you have the new Unisaw and need to move it around your shop , if only to sweep up the dust every now and again , I would get the mobile base. Units are shipping at this time. The base to work with the 36″ extension (what we have in the shop) is $160 and the longer 52″ base is priced at $240.
By the way, the variation you see on the base near the extension legs is nothing more than plastic that I removed as I finished.
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I like the setup here. I think I would be able to add a cabinet under there. Just a prebuilt box with doors. I just think a saw that size should be a permanant fixture. I wouldn’t want it sliding around when cutting 5/4 solid oak or something. I guess everybody has their own need. Certain places need th mobility.
In addition to power, I thought one of the main advantages of a cabinet saw was stability. Does this, or any, mobile base affect stability and/or table flatness.
Delta continues to make the same mistake other machine and mobile base manufacturers have made for years. Most mobile bases have floor level rails that run between the cabinet and extension table legs. That makes it nearly impossible to put any sort of cabinet for accessories there! The solution- put two wheels and two levelers on the cabinet base. Then use heavier gauge angle iron rails to support the extension table. Attach the outboard legs to these rails with short angle braces. Mount the step caster to the bottom of the leg. Now you have a nice open space to put a rolling accessories cabinet under the extension table. See the photo of my setup at my website link.