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  • How to sling a mill/drill

    Just purchased
    Weighs 103 Kg or ~210 lbs

    According to the user manual I should "sling with the proper equipment."

    My question is: how do I sling it using a shop crane? I mean what is/are suitable suspension points, sling, etc. The manual gives no details.

    While I guess it could be a gut-wrencher for a couple of people to move it physically unaided, I don't want to take a chance and have it damaged.

    Ideas appreciated. Thanks.

  • #2
    The machine is so light you could sling it under head and motor in front of and behind the column and lift it without damaging anything. The mill/drill I had was closer to 800 lbs and that is how I lifted it.

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    • #3
      i have the ct 129 mill and it took both me and my son and alot of grounting and pain but we lifted the 250 lbs sucker on to the bench


      • #4
        How to sling a mill/ drill ?

        If it's a Bridgeport then sling it anyway anywhere, out the door, in the river, landfill.


        Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


        • #5
          Right ball go Umph, Left ball go Umph.....................>>>>>>>>


          • #6

            I agree with Jim Stabe.

            I have a HF-45 square column mill that weighs 350 Kg (~ 770#).

            I put a steel strop around the collar (2 turns) between the milling head and the column and lifted it with my 1 tonne (~1 ton) floor crane and moved it easily. Any good strop will do - perhaps the "fabric" ones used for vehicle recovery will do the job. I am pretty sure that the strap on a trailer ratchet "hold-down" will do the job as well.

            The big concern is to have the strop (on the hook) as far out along the jib as is necessary (don't over-do it) so as to get enough "lift" and maneuverability to both lift the job/mill and get the crane into position.

            Couple of points though.

            Have the head wound hard up against its upper stop so that the load is not taken on the "Z" lead-screw and nut.

            While transporting/moving the crane any significant distance, lower the crane jib right down and have the main weight of the mill taken on timber sections which are across the crane "legs". Raise the jib and mill when nearer the position the mill is to be positioned.


            • #7
              Hey Dunc! Glad to see ya here with your new "MT3" (you will thank me...)
              I've lifted my 800# mill drill many times with nylon slings.
              I use two short out each side with a notched 2X6 across the top so the slings don't cave in the sheet metal housing.
              You shouldn't really have a problem with that part tho..
              Have fun!
              I have tools I don't even know I own...