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  • The Great Shop Move

    Well, after being layed off, I have no reason to stay in Iowa so I am moving back to my home in Texas. My shop here is in a trailer so I thought the move would be easy.



    Here is my electronic bench in the rear "tilt out" after cleaning it off.



    And now the rear "tilt out" folded in with the bench and boxes and refrigerator under it.



    My daughter and son-in-law were here for two days helping me pack. Probably saved me four or more days. I am now working on the front room with the mill, lathe, etc. Just had a couple of friends come over and help move one heavy bench into the central hall. I need to clear off the lathe and mill and move them next.

    As for that "easy" thing, ha, ha! I have been packing for a week and a half now. I can only hope to be done by tomorrow so I can take the trailer in to the shop for a checkout.

    More pictures soon.
    Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 09-23-2010, 03:17 PM.
    Paul A.
    SE Texas

    Make it fit.
    You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

  • #2
    Sorry to hear about the lay off. It is a good time to head south to Texas. I live in Burnet near Austin but have a fishing camp at Three Rivers which is 175 miles south and that translates to about 10° warmer. South Texas is nice in the winter but hot as Hell in the summer. Where are you going to settle?
    Byron Boucher
    Burnet, TX

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    • #3
      Looks Great!!! Hope all works out. Been to Texas quite a few times. I like it. !!!!! Fred

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      • #4
        Already settled in Texas. Beaumont to be exact. Had a house there for the past 20 years. It will be great to actually live there.

        I had already started converting the garage to a new shop so I will hit the ground running.
        Paul A.
        SE Texas

        Make it fit.
        You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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        • #5
          How heavy are your mill and lathe?

          Will they ride back to the Lone Star State in the trailer?

          Any guess how much weight you can haul in your trailer and still arrive in one piece?

          If there are any tools in Iowa you want, now is a good time to buy them and haul them back with you.

          TMT

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          • #6
            Yes the lathe and mill will ride back with me. Here are more progress photos:

            The first bench and saw in the hall (just behing the wheels).



            A lot remained to be moved and packed, including the lathe and mill.



            My friend Matt helped move the mill to a position over the wheels.

            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            Make it fit.
            You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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            • #7
              And the lathe in place, also over the wheels. I hope I am leaving enouth weight on the hitch. I am assuming with the bulk of the added weight directly over the wheels, the original trailer balance will be retained.



              Now only the front of the trailer still needs to be packed.



              and



              The bench you see in the tilt out must be removed and stored on the floor where the tilt out will cover it as well as all of the remaining stuff you see.

              Well, back to work. Have to get the trailer to the shop by 2:30PM today to have the bearings and electric checked.
              Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 09-24-2010, 11:04 AM.
              Paul A.
              SE Texas

              Make it fit.
              You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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              • #8
                Good luck with the move. Hope you and the tools have a safe trip.
                Jonathan P.

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                • #9
                  Hi Paul,
                  We will be thinking of you in your move, Hope all goes well, Like your nice lathe &mill, would it maybe be an idea, if possible to remove the head from the mill, & stow on the floor to lower the centre of gravity, & also if possible rope the machines to stop tilting over

                  We are most keen to hear how the journey to Texas goes &a good outcome Give us all a posting.

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                  • #10
                    After experiencing a hitch failure with a big trailer, Ron Martin of sherline made a line of hydraulic tongue weight scales ($135):
                    http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm
                    He had the race car balanced over the axle but all the tools where in front.

                    And, yeah, moving a shop in a trailer is only easy if the shop was designed to move from the get go. Pre-balanced, everything bolted down or stowed in drawers or cabinets which can be latched shut and can take the contents shifting around and anything delicate having a custom fitted nook. Or have struts mounted that certain items that aren't bolted down can be moved to and clamped.

                    Those tilt outs and the kitchen where your heavy machines should be do not help.

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                    • #11
                      Good luck on the move Paul,glad it ain't me,I'd have to call out the national guard to move all my "stuff" aka crap.
                      I just need one more tool,just one!

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                      • #12
                        Paul, You will probably go through McAlester, OK on your way to Beaumont. I am about an hour west of there. Please don't hesitate to call is you have a problem. 580-332-1063
                        [email protected] email.
                        Glad to help if you need it.\
                        John Burchett
                        in Byng OK

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                        • #13
                          Paul, may I suggest you put the mill or the lathe on the other side of the trailer near the sink, as to balance the weight. I would normaly put a little more weight on the crown side of the road. And please check the greese in the wheel bearings, I've seen too many lost wheels on the highway. Been to Beaumont very nice place. Good Luck!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kc5ezc
                            Paul, You will probably go through McAlester, OK on your way to Beaumont. I am about an hour west of there. Please don't hesitate to call is you have a problem. 580-332-1063
                            [email protected] email.
                            Glad to help if you need it.\
                            Yep, I usually go down the Indian Nation Turnpike. I guess the toll will be higher with a trailer. I have eaten lunch in McAlester many times and had to buy an emergency tire replacement there once. I should be passing there early Sunday afternoon.

                            Thank you, I will keep your kind offer in mind, but I hope to have no trouble. Truck is in good condition and new tires on the trailer. Also had the trailer wheel bearings checked this PM and all appeared to be good. Only thing I am worried about is I don't have a trailer brake control. I think I left it in my garage (new shop) in Texas. I need to take it easy and not follow too close.
                            Paul A.
                            SE Texas

                            Make it fit.
                            You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Chip_er
                              Paul, may I suggest you put the mill or the lathe on the other side of the trailer near the sink, as to balance the weight. I would normaly put a little more weight on the crown side of the road. And please check the greese in the wheel bearings, I've seen too many lost wheels on the highway. Been to Beaumont very nice place. Good Luck!
                              Thanks for the suggestions.

                              The mill is the heaviest and it is as close to centered as I could get it. It is fastened to the floor with hard wood blocks. The lathe is lighter, but not much when the welded steel table is taken into account. They do favor the center of the road; the picture was taken from the front, facing rear. Both are directly over the axels and now that I have it hitched up, the balance appears to be OK. They, the mill and lathe, are sort of locked together so neither can fall as the other one blocks them.

                              In any case, it is packed now; a two week effort. I don't plan to move anything in there until it moves into my garage. That will be a few weeks.

                              Wheel bearings and trailer electric have both been checked as well as a quick inspection for other potential problems. I should be good to go.
                              Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 09-24-2010, 11:54 PM.
                              Paul A.
                              SE Texas

                              Make it fit.
                              You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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