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Forum topic by MashMaster posted 06-24-2014 06:52 PM 1509 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2014 06:52 PM

I have to move a Powermatic jointer locally (about 1/2 mile). What is the best way to move it with only access to a pickup truck. Should I seperate the to top from the base and re-attach at the final location?

I’m sure it isn’t light.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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Richard H

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 06:56 PM

I know you said only a pickup truck but you might want to give consideration to renting one of those 5X9 Uhaul trailers with a ramp or something similar. I just moved my Motorcycle with one of those and it was only $40 with insurance for 24 hour. The ramp won’t make it a one person job but compared to trying to lift the thing onto a pickup gate it’s going to be a lot easier.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 07:15 PM

When I bought my 6” jointer, I just separated it from the base and chucked it in the back of the truck. Be careful with the fence and the handles. Since it is top heavy, if you want to haul it in a truck, I would separate it. If you rent a trailer, you should be able to strap it to the side of the trailer.

-- Nicholas

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 09:30 PM

1/2 mile? use an appliance dolly and a helper to steady it.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 10:33 PM

That works too…

-- Nicholas

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 11:49 PM

Picked up a delta 8 inch jointer few months ago with a friend and his pick up . Take the bed off of the base should be manageable for two guys to move it . Delta jointer had 8 bolts and the belt to remove top from base.

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 01:31 AM

movers dolly and push it home. just imagine it’s a ford.

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 02:50 AM

trailer is cheaper then doctor bills and missed days at work

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 03:17 AM

I pushed my DJ-20 into the back of my truck up an 8’ 2”x12” and did just the opposite when I got it home.

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 03:24 AM

Do you have a friend with an engine lift (cherry picker)? I loaded and unloaded a 900lb miil/drill with one a while back and use it to move all of my heavy machinery around my shop. Just an idea.

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 06:07 AM

Old movers’ trick: take a luggage strap, hook it under the far end of whatever you’re lifting and then around your neck, and lift with your legs not your back. I’m 60kg and managed to move a four-plate steel enamelled stove by myself off the pick-up and right through the house. A good heavy plank or two also makes a useful loading ramp.

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 08:30 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I think a movers dolly might be the trick. just need to find one and take video of my neighbors giving me odd looks. not like this would be the first time.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#12 posted 06-25-2014 09:39 PM

My Dad once bought an 80 foot tower about 3 blocks from our house. We got about 5 guys and just walked it home! It lay in the grass for years as he was afraid to put it up.

OK. That has nothing to do with the jointer, but just me remembering.

I would lift it with a cherry picker (engine hoist / shop crane). Separated from the base.

When I bought my planer, I found an almost new 2 ton cherry picker on CL for $50. Guy had finished rebuilding the motor on his Jag and told me he was never going to need one of those again, LOL.


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#13 posted 06-26-2014 02:00 AM

I just moved a 890 lb sunhill 20” planer in my silverado. The guy loading it had a forklift but myself and two other guys unloaded it no problem with an engine hoist.

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"

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