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MickeyD
05-30-2010, 09:58 PM
I am slowly moving most of my equipment into a new shop and out of the very crowded garage. The handiest thing that I am using is a pair of Rol-A-Lifts. I loaded my 1200 pound surface grinder by myself in about 30 minutes last night and it took a whole five minutes to unload it this morning (but there were two people helping with that part). One of the nicest things about using them is that you can stay out of any crush zone and don't have to worry about a top heavy piece of equipment swinging around on a hoist. Sort of like a refrigerator dolly on steroids.

http://www.austincnc.com/images/rolla1.jpg

http://www.austincnc.com/images/rolla2.jpg

http://www.austincnc.com/images/rolla3.jpg

http://www.austincnc.com/images/rolla4.jpg

rockrat
05-30-2010, 10:22 PM
Are the Rol-A-Lifts yours or a rental? They look like the piano dollies that I have used in the past to move things.

Nice show.

rock~

Bob Farr
05-30-2010, 10:35 PM
Nice looking grinder MickeyD, and I'll second the recommendation on using Roll-A-Lifts. I tried a rental set (Sunbelt Rentals) for the first time a few weeks ago for a Wade 8A lathe. They made loading much safer, and placing it in the garage was a snap. I didn't have a chainfall to use for pulling it into the trailer, but that's a great idea MickeyD. Instead, I used a pair of ratcheting straps to pull it in and roll it out (one safety, one doing the work). Very slow, but it worked:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/frankenglide/Wadelathe2.jpg

MickeyD
05-30-2010, 10:57 PM
Rockrat, those lifts were a Craigslist find, and a real good one. The chainfall made dragging it up into the trailer a lot easier and let me steer the rig from the front. The next thing that will get moved on them is my 2000 pound saw, but I suspect they are up to the task.

Too_Many_Tools
05-31-2010, 12:10 AM
great post.

Love the pictures.

Has anyone BUILT a set of roll-a-lifts?

TMT

Ken_Shea
05-31-2010, 12:13 AM
great post.

Love the pictures.

Has anyone BUILT a set of roll-a-lifts?

TMT

Was thinking the same thing.

Black_Moons
05-31-2010, 12:15 AM
Yea can we get some close up of the lifts critical parts? like its guide/lifting mechanism? id love to know how to build one.

acourtjester
06-01-2010, 06:30 PM
Hi Black Moons
here are some pics of roller lifts I had. the riggers used them to move CT scanner gantrys for us and this one broke the caster off.

hav fun
Tom

http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac164/acourtjester/?action=view&current=rollerlifts2.jpg

http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac164/acourtjester/?action=view&current=rollerlifts1.jpg

http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac164/acourtjester/?action=view&current=rollerlifts.jpg

http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac164/acourtjester/?action=view&current=rollerlifts4.jpg