As usual, click any photo to bring up a larger version.
(I was browsing some older photos and came across these and thought that someone might be interested in this small photo album...)
My shop is in our basement. It is NOT a walkout basement. This means that EVERYTHING needs to be carted down a flight of stairs. When it comes to some of my larger tools, this can be a challenge. Generally, most tools can be partially disassembled, which is critical to break things down to a move able size.
Of course, one other option would be to hire Movers or, if your tools are really large, Riggers.
A 17" Bandsaw gives me more power (2hp motor), more height for resawing, and the ability to handle larger (1") blades.
My son and I made the drive to purchase the beast. Getting it into my van was really not that hard. We dismounted the table and wheeled it out of the seller's garage
The table was already off, so it was on with the stripping...
Unfortunately, I did not weigh the individual items. The motor and the table were both over 50lbs, best as I can recall. At a guess, I think we knocked a good 150lbs off of the weight of the saw. With the help of two strong boys and a two wheeled dolly, we got the saw downstairs.
Unfortunately, we were rather busy wrestling with this beast in tight quarters, and there were no photos taken of the actual move down the stairs.
Then was the work of putting it all back together...
(In the second photo that follows, you can see the stairs in the background. This is a full flight of stairs from the main floor down to the basement!)