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post #1 of 11 Old 12-22-2018, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Table Saw: should I set up my cabinet saw on bare concrete or put plywood down on top of the concrete? Thanks
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-22-2018, 05:27 PM
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"put plywood down on top of the concrete?"


Why? There are thousands of table saws sitting on bare concrete.


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post #3 of 11 Old 12-22-2018, 06:01 PM
where's my table saw?
 
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Do you intend to move it around?

My shop is on concrete but I have mobile bases with adjustable foot pads because the concrete is NOT level anywhere. And I need to move it around for access to other machines and for long workpieces.
I made my own mobile bases for the table saws, but I also have Rocklers "All Terrain Heavy Duty' bases on other machines.

https://www.amazon.com/Rockler-All-T...in+mobile+base

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https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/...ablesaw-11044/

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I do not intend on moving, I have a big shop, was just wandering if it would be better standing on and maybe help when or if you dropped tooling.
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All of my tools are on concrete, although the table saw is on a mobile base. I have them all surrounded by foam anti-fatigue mats that save my feet and any tools that happen to drop, but those don't go under any of the tools themselves.
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I've had arthritis for many years so my shop has a wooden floor. The floor isn't 100% level and even flexible in a few spots... but all of this information isn't important. I did insure that all of my tools were firmly footed so as not to bounce... 100% level didn't matter.



All my major tools have solid smooth work tables and that is what is most important. If the floor the tool rest on isn't level, it's OK because my work piece will be resting on a level surface with the tools. The important thing is my cutting tools are oriented to the work tables of each particular tool.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-23-2018, 02:51 AM
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Concrete is hard on the legs and feet....

Folks with arthritis and just ordinary folks who stand on concrete for long periods would benefit from having plywood or other shock absorbing material around the outside of the saw's base. You could even place it and level or secure it on top of the plywood. You don't want it to shift or rock in use, so whatever it takes to hold it in place is good. It's own weight may be enough without bolting it down. Wedges can be used to keep it from rocking and a little glue will hold them in place.

How big is the shop and how big is the saw? Photos?

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Seems like a waste of plywood and something else to trip over.
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My shop is on concrete but I have mobile bases with adjustable foot pads because the concrete is NOT level anywhere.
We must have had the same builder! Saw an uneven plywood floor in a $350K house once.
I have a Ryobi BT3000 saw on a DIY cabinet. I just roll it around until all wheels sit firm.

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I have both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Standing on plywood vs concrete will make little to no difference. As Mylar says, just something extra to trip on.


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I have a couple of mats that I got from lowes. They are fairly inexpensive, warm and good on your back. I use similar ones at my factory job where I stand and operate machinery for 8 hours/day. I won't stand on hard surfaces for that long. You still get fatigued, but they do save your back and knees. Plywood is not a good alternative for rubber mats.
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