The Coolidge Chronicles #16: Part 2 - Grizzly G4003G Gunsmith's metal lathe 12x36" 2HP - assembly

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Blog entry by darthford posted 12-23-2013 04:52 AM 8816 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In part 2 karma bites UPS Freight for pulling a no-show on me, I get this beast uncrated, inspected, make some leveling pads, shake a rattle can of hammered green paint, and heave this 1,000 lb hunk of iron up on the stands, here we go!

KARMA I’m telling you!! This is a long funny story so here’s just the short version, the UPS Freight driver was about to take a sledge hammer to his lift gate. Let me put it this way with a 1,300 pound lathe on the lift gate it let loose on its own, the decent was uncontrolled and too fast but no damage to the lathe or my driveway. Thankfully the driver was standing out of the way when it let loose.

Okay lets get to pics…this is the largest crate so far, arrived undamaged thankfully.

The stands looked kind of small, I thought maybe this lathe isn’t as big as I thought…wrong its huge!

I could not abide the hack paint job on the stands so I too measures with a rattle can of hammered green paint.

Next I crafted some leveling pads out of 5/8” bolts and hockey pucks. I had some Grizzly machine leveling pads but the stand had .700 inch holes in the bottom, a 3/8 level pad stud in a near 3/4 inch hole not a good combination.

Here it is rigged to the Kubota B2920 loader. This lathe is about 1,000 pounds and technically over the limit of my tractor but I thought I would give it a try before renting an engine hoist. She lifted it off the pallet no problem. But you can see we are lifting it at the front edge of the bucket, that has the least amount of leverage…she took a deep breath and…60% there… go she pooped out and I needed another 8 inches of lift to get it up on the stands. I set it back down, gave it about 8 inches of bucket curl and gave it another go…it barely got there but that’s good enough!


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#1 posted 12-23-2013 10:32 AM

You’re quite the genius, and equipped with the best tools to almost anything. “Hear,Hear” to you! Merry Christmas and a New Year that provides you with the opportunity to make use of all your new shop tools.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 02:02 PM

OMG, that is a monster. How did you manage to move it around into your shop? Merry Christmas, nice machine.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 02:11 PM

What a wonderful piece of machinery. Congratulations and I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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