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glenj
02-28-2004, 10:10 PM
After searching this site and reading about how some people moved their machinery I decided to have a go of it myself rather than spending the $1300 I was quoted. I need to move a Standard Modern 11" lathe (1250lbs), a Miller Syncrowave 250 TIG welder (450lbs) and a First brand BP clone (2200lbs). I arranged for a crane ($300) to pick everything up from two locations and had them drop it all in my back yard where I just finished constructing the new shop building that will be their new home.

I ended up sliding everything along on 1-1/2" by 1/4" wall angle iron rails on 2"x6" lumber on the semi frozen snow covered ground. I used a cable style come-a-long and a 5' pry bar. Two of us moved everything in just over 2 hours. The welder had to go 10 feet on a cart, the lathe slid 25' on the rails and the mill 45' on the rails.

http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/glenjohannesson/Shop%20Photos/Machine_Move.jpg

Very happy with how well it went, no injuries and nothing went wrong or got broken and it wasn't even back breaking labour.

Thanks for all the great ideas and advice from the archives.

Glen J


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bbfmetalworking
02-28-2004, 10:34 PM
I'd like to see your pictures, but they are password protected.

rockrat
02-28-2004, 10:49 PM
Way to go. It looks like you have a good sized shop. I do like the skylights. I happen to be working on the prints for my shop and was just thinking about how nice skylights would be.

Also, I clicked on the first photo and used the links above it to go between all of the photos. The links after the first did seem password protected.

More photos/projects!

glenj
02-28-2004, 10:59 PM
This is the first time I've tried to post photos? How can I post them directly into the text?

glenj
02-28-2004, 11:04 PM
The shop I built over the last 8-10 months. It's 510ft^2 with a floating slab on grade foundation, 2x6 walls and 2 sets of double 4' doors. When I get the photo link thing figured out I'll post more.

rockrat
02-28-2004, 11:12 PM
In the networking section of this site, Evan posted a nice little chunk of text explaining how to attach photos to your posts. It is about 1/2 way down in the posts right now.

G.A. Ewen
02-28-2004, 11:20 PM
Glen,
To post photos directly first press the edit button and reduce the photo by 50%. Then left clik on the img url (the bottom one) and right clik to copy and paste.

Can't wait to see photos of the shop when you are all set up.

glenj
02-28-2004, 11:22 PM
The CAD model...

http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/glenjohannesson/Shop%20Photos/final_shop_model.jpg

glenj
02-28-2004, 11:22 PM
The finished building...

http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/glenjohannesson/Shop%20Photos/Shop_Building.jpg

charlie coghill
02-28-2004, 11:24 PM
Just an idea but when you find the post that Rockrat is refering to you might save them to some file that you can refer back to.

That is what I did and I use that file quite often.
Charlie

glenj
02-28-2004, 11:29 PM
When framing was complete...

http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/glenjohannesson/Shop%20Photos/Inside_Shop_Small.jpg

rockrat
02-28-2004, 11:56 PM
Nice. Look at all of that space! You can almost count the seconds until that area is filled with machines. Oh, I almost forgot, nice cad model. What cad software are you using?

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abn
02-29-2004, 12:13 AM
Looks real nice...I can't wait 'till I have the cash to build a real shop. The machine photos appear to still be password protected.

glenj
02-29-2004, 12:38 AM
I still have to switch the lathe to a single phase motor, clean the mill and put some plugs on the cords but then they'll be ready to run.

I use SolidWorks for all the CAD stuff. I've been using it since 1996.

The whole shop building was about C$15,000 with me as the almost sole (and thus free) source of labor expect actually pouring and finishing the slab, some of the wall lifting and putting up the rafters.

J Thornton
02-29-2004, 03:42 AM
Great looking shop!! thanks for posting the photos of the equipment moving.

wierdscience
02-29-2004, 01:01 PM
Nice job!Looks like your going to have a comfortable well lit place to work.I can't wait to get my new shop done,got so many things to do and no place to do them.

andy_b
02-29-2004, 11:26 PM
great job! i also like the skylight idea. i will keep that in mind for when i come up with a final plan for a shop.

i'm glad to hear you didn't have any trouble with the move. i moved a couple 3500+ pound machines and a 1100 pound drill press by myself with just a few nylon straps, a come-along, a 4' prybar and a bunch of 1" black pipe. it's amazing what can be done if you take your time and keep things safe.

andy b.