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Forum topic by Don Stephenson posted 02-21-2017 03:21 AM 895 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Stephenson

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02-21-2017 03:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

So I finally bit the bullet and bought a new 8” jointer…now I have this glorious beast sitting in my garage, waiting to make mountains of sawdust. The thing is, I have no idea how I’m supposed to get that massive 76” hunk of solid cast iron up on top of the base! I’m hoping some of you might have had some experience in this regard. And hoping there’s a good solution, short of bringing in an engine lift…

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 03:34 AM

Beer and good friends. I prefer IPAs. Unfortunately, Ohio is a little too far from Texas for me to drive for a beer.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 04:15 AM

But what if it was a really, really good beer? Heck, I’ll double it. TWO beers.

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 04:57 AM

I’m a far from young and otherwise broken goods, still, I manage to move big toys. Something like this, I’d just lift one end, then the other. Each time, raising it a bit more.

In doing this, I’d take precautions to insure what was on the opposite end could not move.

Similar to this is my big lathe top. I “might” be able to lift it, but I know I lift an end. That’s how I got it from my truck into the shop and, eventually, back on top the base.

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Sadly, this isn’t in the back of a pickup. I was able to just lift and push my 8” Grizzly out of its crate onto the bed of my pickup, then pull it onto the fully assembled base, using the foam packing as a pad. In the end, it was a cake walk.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 05:16 AM

I had the same problem with a couple of tools. I got an HF engine lift on sale and with a coupon and have used it quite a few times. It folds up nicely. It was a great investment

You can do it other a little at a time on each end and block it up.

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 05:23 AM

If you have exposed rafters in your workspace (or floor joists above), you could lag-bolt a cross-member across 3 or 4 of them, and use a come-along. They are pretty inexpensive. I borrowed one for a few days when I rebuilt my planer, to get the cutter-head assembly off. None of this is that heavy… just heavy for us to lift by ourselves, so it doesn’t take much bolting.

If no rafters exposed, find them with a stud-finder, and do it that way. I would through-bolt an eye-bolt through a 2×6 x 34”, and lag that into the ceiling rafters. But if they are exposed, just throw a strap over the cross-member.

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#6 posted 02-21-2017 07:54 AM

I go with the friends and beer route. Maybe some pizza…

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#7 posted 02-21-2017 05:22 PM

Certainly hope it doesn’t come to that, but it does make sense…


If you have exposed rafters in your workspace (or floor joists above), you could lag-bolt a cross-member across 3 or 4 of them, and use a come-along. They are pretty inexpensive. I borrowed one for a few days when I rebuilt my planer, to get the cutter-head assembly off. None of this is that heavy… just heavy for us to lift by ourselves, so it doesn t take much bolting.

If no rafters exposed, find them with a stud-finder, and do it that way. I would through-bolt an eye-bolt through a 2×6 x 34”, and lag that into the ceiling rafters. But if they are exposed, just throw a strap over the cross-member.

- MerylL


-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#8 posted 02-21-2017 05:24 PM

I thought that might be a good way to go. They’ve got a 1-ton lift right now for about $175. Might need to check that out.


I had the same problem with a couple of tools. I got an HF engine lift on sale and with a coupon and have used it quite a few times. It folds up nicely. It was a great investment

You can do it other a little at a time on each end and block it up.

- Redoak49


-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#9 posted 02-21-2017 05:25 PM

Gonna try this first. Can’t hurt. And it’s not like I wasn’t going to buy pizza and beer at some point anyway.


I go with the friends and beer route. Maybe some pizza…

- Maximum


-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#10 posted 02-21-2017 05:51 PM

1 & 1/2 ” x 21’ pipe across the 2”x 6” rafters in in my shop. I can move my come-along any where on the pipe and pick up just about anything with it and a couple of tied-own straps. It helps when my 30 YO son comes to do most of the work.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#11 posted 02-21-2017 07:04 PM

Check Craigslist for engine hoists. I got my almost new 2 Ton hoist for $50. The guy had finished overhauling his Jag and was pretty sure (he told me) that he was never going to work on an engine again.

That said…

Patience and brainpower beats backpower most of the time. You can figure out a way to use leverage etc to your advantage. I know a good way, but it takes too long to explain without pictures and it would take me too long make a drawing. But a child of 6 is strong enough to do it, with the aid of a few 2×4 and smaller, flexible poles and the right technique.

I’ll look for a link.
... OK here it is, but no pictures.
-Paul

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#12 posted 02-21-2017 09:16 PM



Check Craigslist for engine hoists. I got my almost new 2 Ton hoist for $50. The guy had finished overhauling his Jag and was pretty sure (he told me) that he was never going to work on an engine again.

That said…

Patience and brainpower beats backpower most of the time. You can figure out a way to use leverage etc to your advantage. I know a good way, but it takes too long to explain without pictures and it would take me too long make a drawing. But a child of 6 is strong enough to do it, with the aid of a few 2×4 and smaller, flexible poles and the right technique.

I ll look for a link.
... OK here it is, but no pictures.
-Paul

- Ocelot

Rent one. I did when my 12” griz showed up. It was put together, but I had to get it off the steel pallet it was on. Bought two straps from harbour freight that could hold 1k lbs and strapped it and bada bing done. It was years ago but I think it cost my 20$ a day.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 02-21-2017 10:04 PM

Not sure how heavy the thing is but if you decide to use the rafters to lift it, make sure that you spread the load across at least 3 or 4 of them. I also wouldn’t use a come-along for lifting unless it is rated for a vertical load. Harbor Freight sells a chain hoist for $50 and you might be able to get one on Craigs list for less. While you are at HF, might as well get 1 or 2 of their lifting slings for $10 as well.

But I like the beer and pizza method the best. Gives you a chance to show off your new toy to your friends.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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AandCstyle

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#14 posted 02-21-2017 10:48 PM

Don, if you go the beer/pizza route be careful about lifting the top from the ends. I seem to recall that it is better to keep the lifting points close to the center to avoid getting the tables out of co-planer if lifted from the ends. If you use nylon straps to lift it, cushion them where they come in contact with sharp corners. I once had a square edge cut through a 1” strap after about 2” of lift. HTH

-- Art

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#15 posted 02-21-2017 10:51 PM

https://delaware.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=engine%20hoist&sort=rel

Slim pickings out your way, but something might work for you.

Good luck now.

Maybe rent something like a cherry picker.

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