Moving an 8" Jointer - suggestions?

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Forum topic by glen posted 04-22-2014 03:41 AM 2150 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2014 03:41 AM

Hey all – I just got word that the 8” jointer I ordered has arrived. Now, I need to pick it up in one city and take it to my shop 150km away (1.5 hour drive) in another city. I don’t have a lot of willing to help buddies where it’s going to help me unload the beast – maybe one or two at absolute best – so I’m looking for suggestions.

I don’t have a truck yet (it’s being built – should have it by end of may), but even if I rented a truck, I’m not sure how i’d get it down from the bed to the shop floor, since it weighs a couple hundred pounds. I’ve thought about using one of those 2-ton hoists that harbour freight and others sell for around $160. They say they can lift up to 7 ft, which would be enough, but that sounds awfully precarious to me, especially when I look at their construction. I don’t have a lot of faith in them, but maybe that’s inexperience talking.

I could rent a cube van, but the jointer comes on a pallet with no wheels, and I’m not sure how to get it up and down the ramp.

I think I’m going to end up paying someone with a lift gate to deliver it, but I’m guessing that’s going to be in the $3-400 range (I’ll enquire at the store).

Does anyone have any suggestions on moving such massive pieces around? This is my first “big tool” and any advice from those who have gone down this road would be most appreciated.

Take care everyone and thanks for your time


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#1 posted 04-22-2014 04:49 AM

How about renting a truck with a lift gate then place a couple dollies under these. I have a 12” jointer and it’s been on a pair of these every since I bought it 5 years ago.

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 05:42 AM

I’ve moved an 8” Delta DJ-20 using a minivan, a mover’s dolly and a couple 2×4’s and one person helping out. The 2×4’s can be used as a ramp then once the jointer is far enough up they act as levers to help lift the machine up into the back of the van. Both of us were young and fit though and I have no idea if you’re able to do the same lifting or not.

Later on I improved my ramp by building a 12’ version out of plywood with 2×4 supports underneath. The ramp came apart with screws so it would fit in the back of a small truck.

Those mover’s dolly’s linked above are very versatile when used correctly. Piano movers use them all the time and I’ve used their technique on pianos and jointers. One guy pivots one end of the object off the ground and another person slides the cart under. Just reverse the process once the machine is ready to be put back on the floor.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 05:49 AM

Take some wrenches. Take it apart. You can move an
8” jointer in a sedan by putting the cabinet in the trunk
and the jointer in the back seat.

There have been several threads discussing moving
8” jointers and I and other members here has described

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 11:00 AM

+1 on renting a truck with a lift gate. I’m sure wherever you can rent that kind of truck they also have pallet jacks.

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 11:41 AM

Those engine hoists work really well for unloading it, it would also be useful when you assemble. Mine came with the cutter/table assembly separate from the base. Lifting that up onto the base is a piece of cake with an engine hoist (and a couple of nylon load slings). Consider renting one.

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 12:08 PM

I just brought my 8” home. I took the base loose I slid the jointer into the truck, and then set the base and mobile base next to it. I loaded and unloaded it myself. When I got it home I put down the mobile base, then set the base on it , and finally slid the jointer back onto the base. My truck sits pretty high, it has 6” of lift sitting on 33’s. Don’ get me wrong It was heavy, but not unmanageable. As for the HF lift, They are rated at max capacity with the boom slid all the way in. They are plenty strong. I used to use them to put tires on my big trucks, I would just grab the bumper with a strap and lift the whole end of the truck. ! thing to remember about these is even though the ram is rate at 7 ton the hoist is rated for a max of 2000 lb and it drops from there depending on how far the boom is extended.

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#7 posted 04-22-2014 12:10 PM

The best $40 I have ever spent for this old man was a 1-ton hoist from HF. Just hang it from the ceiling of your shop and it becomes a one man operation. I unloaded my new TS and a used 8” jointer this way all by myself. Don’t know if this helps since I couldn’t find any images of your shop posted, but just a suggestion if it can help.

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#8 posted 04-22-2014 12:18 PM

I have a DJ-20, I just pushed it up a 2×12 (8’) into the back of my truck by myself and did the reverse when unloading it, which was much easier.

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#9 posted 04-22-2014 02:33 PM

Wow – thanks for all the great ideas, guys… Loren – sorry for reposting an already discussed topic – I sort of shot first and asked questions later (or rather asked questions first and searched later).

You guys have given me the motivation to just try to do this myself. I haven’t been able to find a truck with lift gate to rent (I think that’s the ideal solution), so I may have to just rent a pickup truck and use some 2×8 or 2×12 for a ramp. I have 1 buddy enlisted – should be a go.

I’ll post a follow-up once I’m done. Thanks again everyone!

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#10 posted 04-22-2014 02:41 PM

With 2 guys if you unbolt the jointer from the stand it will be very easy to move. Mine was 3 bolts and it was loose. It’s an older grizzly 1018. I would rather break it down than risk breaking something.

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#11 posted 04-22-2014 08:36 PM

I would expect this to come in 2 pieces – a cabinet with the motors, then a head unit.

Or as shawn says, disassemble.

The pick up location probably has a forklift to load it for you.

You could always just slide it down a pair of ramps for ATV or lawn tractors people have.
Small U-haul trucks alsohabe a ramp that extends out the back to make life easy (er)

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#12 posted 04-26-2014 02:00 PM

Hey everyone – thought I would give an update on what I did. Turns out my sawstop and my jointer were available on the same day, so I ponied up the cash and rented a 16’ truck with a power lift gate. Worked out to around $300 plus another $100 in gas.

I ended up with the laguna 8” parallelogram jointer. This thing is a beast and was crated very well. The dudes at the store put it in with the fork. It has built in mobility kit, so I uncrated it in the truck, wheeled it on to the lift gate, down, and into the garage. Easy.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Take care!


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#13 posted 04-26-2014 02:05 PM

I’ve move all my equipment from my pickup with one of those hoists. I also use the hoist to assemble equipment. Most of the time I do it all by myself. The most recent was a Powermatic wood lathe for a friend. It was 600 lbs. We off loaded it from a PU and assembled using my hoist.

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#14 posted 04-26-2014 04:15 PM

I cheated, getting to old to be doing that heavy lifiting….

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#15 posted 04-26-2014 07:43 PM

I bought an engine hoist/ shop crane to move machinery about $100 at Harbor Freight. It was invaluable when setting up my shop.

-- Glen

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