New Toys Getting Them Downstairs
I just acquired a SB 10" lathe and a Clausing milling machine.
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I'm trying to get the milling machine in my basement, it's really heavy. I've taken it apart as much as is easy. I've pulled the motor off and the head off the rear stand. As you can tell I'm new at the terminology please excuse. I'm a little leary of pulling the table up off the sliders and clear of the back stand.
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Will I find shims or any parts falling out of there if I do this? Or will it be as easy as it looks. I'm thinking of just unbolting the threaded cone under the table an lifting the table and slider up off the back.
what size clausing mill is it?
Reminds me of the guy who built a boat in his attic,it is still there.
Bob, I should have mentioned what model I'm talking about. It's a clausing 8520 milling machine. See the pictures above.
Took mine off by removing one handwheel (and handwheel brackets). Loosen all gibs and turn remaining handwheel until lead screw disengages nut. Then have two or three buddies help you slide table until it clears the ways. Make sure any sensors & cables (DRO) are dismounted before you start - don't ask me how I know this, but I found out how Accurite mounts their scales & reader head! Not a bad job if you have enough friends to help with the weight.
do you have cement stairs going into the basement? If so, dont remove that slide...it's way too much of a pain.
there were pictures of a basement move on either this site or the PM site.
you guys are funny. my uncle built an airplane in his basement. ended up having to turn the basement into a "walk out" to get it out It was at least planned that way.
I recently sold one of those. They weigh just under 800 pounds assembled. It looks as though you have already taken it off of the cabinet. You now have 3 managable pieces. All you need is a hand truck that will support the weight. An appliance truck would be ideal as it has the strap on it to secure the load. I would not take the table off of the knee unless it will not fit through the doorway. Center the table on the knee, crank it back against the column, and lower the knee to its bottom limit. You should now be able to get this down the stairs on a handtruck without any problem. Take the cabinet down first, then the head assembly, and then the main casting, as you will now know how it should handle on the stairs. The lathe will be a differant kettle of fish. and you will definately need help with it.
Yes it's off the cabnet and apart as much as I can easily. I will have to do the hand truck Idea and get a few more guys. I was leary of taking the knee off the back part. The lathe is not going downstairs. I'm bringing it up to my weekend place in the country where I will be retiring. I have a small lathe at the house. This is my first milling machine and I want to be able to use it , and learn how to use it at home. That's why I'm bringing it downstairs. Thanks for the info guys.
Empty any oil sumps first. Load the machine on an appliance hand truck (the kind with stair descender rails) and strap the machine down so it can't roll. Remove the handwheels and other interferances preventing passage through the narrowest passage.
If you have to remove the table of most any milling machine the process requires removal of the end brackets, cranking out the lead screw, withdrawing the power shaft (if equipped) loosening the gib, and then sliding out the table. If the gib is adjusted with setscrews note the orientation of the gib so it goes back the same way it came out. The table should slide right out. Take pictures as you go.
You may need a "hold back" for descending the stairs. Brace a 4 ft 2 x 4 across the bottom of the door jam and pass one turn of 1/2" rope around it. Have a helper pay out a rope as the machine is worked down the stairs. Brace the stairs to the basement floor if its jacks are clear span.
I've moved some fair sized machine tools (usually in pieces) in and out of homes with carpeted and hardwood floors negotiating basement stairs to the home leaving not a mark to show for the passage of the heavy awkward loads.
It takes planning and well briefed helpers to move machiniery through a private home. The only practical limits are the strength of the structure and the weight of the heaviest irreducible piece. All else is planning, simple well considered equipment, and teamwork.