I have to haul a 1994 Delta Unisaw 36-812 from Minnesota to Missouri on a trailer. My question: Can I haul the machine fully assembled or do I need to remove the top. I guess I'm concerned about the weight on the cast iron base as it's bouncing down the road.
I also have to move a Delta drill press 17-900 and a Delta band saw 52-965. Should these be disassembled?
I have no problem strapping them securely, just concerned about bounce and vibrations going down the road.
Any thoughts or prior experience doing this would be much appreciated.
Just take the rails off. It should be fine...
The rails are supporting the side extensions, so leave them on.
Bouncing on only the extension bolts would not be a good idea.
I needed to move a smaller, lighter saw in the back of my capped pickup. I purchased it new, fully assembled, on sale for 1/3 list of the price! My idea was to turn it upside down and slide it in on a piece of heavy cardboard so the weight/mass would be near the bottom and fully supported. That worked well and it was easy to slide out and turn over onto a dolly and roll it into my shop.
I think a Unisaw would be 100 lbs or so heavier but 2 guys could invert it in it's back side then onto it's table.
On the other tools like the drill press, let the table slide all the way down and lock it, as well as the head if that's possible. You want all the weight near or resting on the base, a few sheets of cardboard in between.
Remove the table from the bandsaw! Do not move it by the table no matter what, you will snap off the trunnions! Place the table on a layer of cardboard where it can't slide around. Strap the saw from the top down to secure bed hooks or rails. Cover everything that will get wet from a driving rain and from driving in the rain ...65 MPH wind force.
Ratchet straps from the top of the drill press column to the trailer rails or bed hooks in a triangle pattern work the best.
I've moved a few shops in my day, one from Central Illinois to lower Michigan. And a 13" South Bend metal lathe in the back of a 1969 Olds Vista Cruiser which was hard to steer down I-75 because there was very little weight on the front wheels, but I made it home ... a little "oversteer" was required.... The next time I moved that beast was only a few miles down the road and I used the neighbor's tow truck and a few tag lines to keep it from swinging about.
The heaviest machine I've moved was this one:
The second heaviest was this one, a 12" Powermatic 5 HP table saw, at around 800 lbs or so, BUT it needed to go up a lot higher .... about 13 ft;