|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 09-12-2016 01:12 AM||553 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
09-12-2016 01:12 AM
I’m moving cross country and have decided that the best way to move these two machines is in a UHaul with a low deck hitched to my Ram 1500 truck. I’m facing a few issues and would like to discuss them (read: get reassurance that I’m not crazy or going to completely destroy my machines). The SawStop is roughly 350lbs and the A3-31 is 530lbs.
I was thinking of buying a winch, hooking it up somewhere in the trailer, then wrapping slings around my machines and connecting them to the winch. Is this a good/bad idea?
Secondly, I was going to buy an aluminum ramp (something like this: http://www.discountramps.com/ez-acesstrifold_ramp/p/Trifold-AS/). My worry is the wheels on the SawStop are not that high (nor are the great lakes casters on my A3-31) so, with a 5’ variant of that ramp, and I asking for trouble and scratching the bottom of the machines? I don’t even know how feasible it is for the machines to start going up the ramp properly. How would you make the transition from solid ground to start of ramp so as not to wreak havoc?
I had considered using my 1 ton hoist to lift the machines into the trailer but a UHaul has a 4’10” opening and I’m not sure with everything attached if clearances will be a problem. I need to get all of this correctly set up on the first try because we’re closing on our house right after I plan to move these machines out and I may not have a lot of time to come up with a secondary plan if something fails.
Also of note is that at my destination I will not have as much help as I will here when loading (probably only one other person) so it’s critical that I am able to safely get the machines off of the trailer and into the new house as well. Please keep that in mind when making suggestions.
I feel like I’m in a bit of a tricky situation. I don’t have experience moving heavy machinery and I’ve always gotten help getting the machines into my garage. With the limitations of the UHaul trailer size I feel even more pressured and I can’t tell if I’m just completely overthinking this whole thing or if my worries are valid.
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