Moving heavy Machines

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Blog entry by Alan Young posted 04-28-2008 05:20 PM 948 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have just acquired a new piece of machinery. It’s really a metal working machine, a Mill Drill.

But whether the machine is for metal or wood, moving heavy machines can be a chore even when you have help. I have a series of pictures here, showing the unloading of the crated machine on a pallet from the street all the way to setting the machine in place in my basement shop. With proper planning and some long laminated beams, I was able to accomplish this task acapella.


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Tom Adamski

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 05:47 PM

Alan, Fine Job! This is the perfect example of how to work smarter, not harder. Me personaly, I would have put it on a prepoured concrete slab in the back yard and built a building around it… (g).


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 07:22 PM

Nice series of photos. To move mine I just put two 4×4’s on either side of the column and a buddy and myself
picked it up complete and put it on the stand. I was a lot younger then though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 01:22 AM

You can purchase a crane lift on wheels from Harbor Freight for $149.00 it will pick up 2 tons and move it anywhere you need it. Entire unit folds flat when not being used. I bought one on sale for $99.00 and have used it a lot. Saves the old back. I like your process – well thought out!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 01:59 AM

Thats a lot of hard yakka Alan. I have a friend who moved his garage sized workshop from one end of his back yard to the other, he used water pipes & rolled it on to new piers. Just goes to show anything is possible.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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