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I've scoured the internet analyzing every cargo van tool setup under the sun looking for ideas. Bottom line is that TS and miter saw take up a bunch of shelf space if you are going make a dedicated area for either against the side walls.

Would it be easier just to leave them out in the middle and move them over beside the side door if you are loading up on material?

Just curious what the guys who use vans do with them?

If anyone has pics they want to share feel free...
 

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Hey Spencer. Thats an item that stays in the middle. We only load those up when we know we are going to need them. We have shelves on both sides with about 36" clear in between. I take a few pics for ya.
 

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I keep my table saw just to the left of the side sliding door, and my miter saw upright against the back of the passenger seat. I'll try to go take a pic after the game.
 

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Sorry for the blurry photos. Took them with my phone and it's dark outside. Hopefully you get the idea. I have to keep my TS and MS in the van at all times, and this layout makes taking then in/out easy and out of the way of materials and other tools.
 

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I have utility van so space is less of an issue but I keep the little dewalt on it's side on the left side of the van right at the door. The miter saw is usually just behind it so I don't have to climb in. Yanni(City Decks) has a GREAT van setup. Search for his pics.
 

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I have my miter saw on a shelf above my table saw directly across from my side door. Shelf is about 20" deep.
I try to keep the most used items close to the doors.
 

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This is my setup. Nice and easy to grab without having to climb in. I bought the little kobalt to keep on the truck all the time. When I'm doing a lot of cutting I bring in the dewalt 12" slider and stand.
 

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WOO HOO!!! and it begins....git' at it Spencedog!!!
I here ya brotha. I'm having some maintinence work done on it this week. Ladder rack should be here wednesday thanks to amazon prime. Then next week i'm gone all week, so I probably won't get started on the shelves until after that.

I'm getting it all drawn out on sketchup. Gonna have to think a lot about what I want to do with the MS and TS. Takes up a lot of wall space to have a dedicated space for them.

It will probably come down to how much room I have left after I get laid out where all my current tools go as well as tools I'd like to add. If I've got the room I'd like put them against the side wall. That way if I need to throw some material or something big like an aluminum break in I don't have to worry about them being in the way. Of course I could always just throw the brake and material up on the rack too...
 

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Ill snap a pic in the morning. I actually moved my chop saw and table saw to the center. And put my ct26 in its place but you'll be able to get the general idea.
 

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I have utility van so space is less of an issue but I keep the little dewalt on it's side on the left side of the van right at the door. The miter saw is usually just behind it so I don't have to climb in. Yanni(City Decks) has a GREAT van setup. Search for his pics.
aaaah Ethan. Thank you for remembering my bad ass ride. I picked up a 2nd Sprinter back in the spring when the the seasons flood gates opened which was bad timing to trick out my ride. I simply through a handful of shelves in it to get by and what a headache it's been. I'm very fussy about having everything in place so I can just grab it with my eyes closed. I just dollar signs every time I open my doors to find something. I did total rework of the high top over the xmas / new years break. It's amazing how much more I comfortably hold and strategically place. I went around and round with all of the things I go through 80% of time which sits in plane site the rest is in drawers. Also put the high top in cad with cut list. A lil obsessive compulsive but when there's 3rd sprinter it's just point and go. I'll post picts when I get a chance. ;)
 

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Ill snap a pic in the morning. I actually moved my chop saw and table saw to the center. And put my ct26 in its place but you'll be able to get the general idea.
aaaah Ethan. Thank you for remembering my bad ass ride. I picked up a 2nd Sprinter back in the spring when the the seasons flood gates opened which was bad timing to trick out my ride. I simply through a handful of shelves in it to get by and what a headache it's been. I'm very fussy about having everything in place so I can just grab it with my eyes closed. I just dollar signs every time I open my doors to find something. I did total rework of the high top over the xmas / new years break. It's amazing how much more I comfortably hold and strategically place. I went around and round with all of the things I go through 80% of time which sits in plane site the rest is in drawers. Also put the high top in cad with cut list. A lil obsessive compulsive but when there's 3rd sprinter it's just point and go. I'll post picts when I get a chance.
Awesome and awesome. Post pics when you get a chance.
 

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I strap it to a wall in my cutaway. I no longer use the cord wheels seen in this pic. I have gone to ball bungee cords for those. When I had a cargo van, I secured the table saw the same way.
 

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Spencer I had the same problems when I set up my new van. I use my TS and MS a lot so I have to carry them all the time. I built a cabinet inside the side door to hold them. I lost some space inside the van but I am still able to carry all my tools plus material if needed. I used to carry them on the floor inside the side door but found I was always stepping on them.

I also store my radio, lasers, horses and vacuum in there as well. The table saw stand is stored on top of the built in box and accessible from inside the van.

I have more pics posted on the "Show us you truck" thread, page 52, if you want to see more pics of my van.

Post some pics when you set yours up. I'd love to see what you did.

Lee
 

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Lee - That is an impressive amount of cutting equipment onboard. Nice job! I've never worked out of a van, mostly because I don't like bending over every time to grab a tool, but that setup looks fairly slick. Thanks for the ideas!
 

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Isn't it a pain to crawl inside to get something behind the seat area? I was thinking about doing it your way when I got my sprinter, but if I put something big in the back I will never reach behind the seat.

Sprinters can have 2 sets of sliding doors which would work great
 

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How often does the table saw get pulled out and how large of pieces get ripped?

Ron Paulk and Barry keep theirs stationary near the back.
 

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How often does the table saw get pulled out and how large of pieces get ripped?

Ron Paulk and Barry keep theirs stationary near the back.
I can't think of the last time I used a table saw where I needed a rip capacity greater than about 4".
 

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How often does the table saw get pulled out and how large of pieces get ripped?

Ron Paulk and Barry keep theirs stationary near the back.
That does not work when you need to rip 16' boards. Same with setting up a miter saw in the middle of a truck or trailer, makes working with long board difficult. Unless there is a hole in the front.
 
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