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  • mike4
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    Originally posted by HSS
    The scrappy here where I stays, uses some that looks like this one.
    So they are around here and not just over the pond.
    I use a tilt tray which can pick up and deposit machine door to door ,all insured and professional ,anything from a single pallet to twenty tonne machines.

    As once that machine tips and bites the bitumen it may as well be scrap.

    Michael

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  • mike os
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    Come on guys it is down the street not 5 miles away....

    pallet truck & pallet...strap machine to pallet & lift 1" of ground. if it rocks, just drop it down. Moved a 650kg(1450lb) lathe on my own lke this, no worries

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  • rohart
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    No one has mentioned my favorite transportation method. I like a box van with a tail lift. You can more or less roll a machine onto the lift platform with the rollers.

    Unless there's an ignition interlock you can drive with the tail down, so all you need to do is rope it firmly, lift 6" and drive.

    Cost marginally more than a similar van, unless you know a delivery driver.

    When I transported my lathe I winched the machine out of the van with a chain hoist hooked to the back of the van. A very flexible solution, and easy to reverse the lowered tail into the garage.

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  • HSS
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    Originally posted by John Stevenson
    Do you guys have skip trucks in the US ? or is it a European thing ?



    These are awesome for moving machines as once hanging from the chains they CANNOT tip over.
    They lift vertical, move over the bed horizontally and lower vertically.
    No inclined ramps that give you heart attacks.

    Once on board you strap the machine to the lift arms and again it can't move, fall over etc.

    At full extent they finish up with the top only about 5' off the floor.
    I have even had them poke the arms into the shop, grab a machine and move forward until they are clear to lift.

    They are plentiful around here, 15 pages of entry's in the local yellow pages and that doesn't cover builders merchants who run they for their own needs.

    Nice thing is the people who operate these offer the lift / load as a service when you hire a skip, they do not have the same mindset as riggers who charge by the hour.

    That one in the picture can handle about 14 tons lift but you can get them based on small trucks classes as mini skip.


    One similar to this collected and delivered my Victoria U2 universal mill with no bother.

    The scrappy here where I stays, uses some that looks like this one.
    So they are around here and not just over the pond.

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  • 38_Cal
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    I'm in a little town in the sticks, three years ago I got the local skid loader dealer to come over with one of his machines with forks on it instead of the bucket to get my mill off of the trailer when I brought it home. Placed it on 1" pipe, the rest was easy...moved it to where it would live in the garage and built the shop around it. He was happy with a $20. I've got a line on a 13x40 lathe, have to do the same thing...if I get it. When I built the shop, I put in a 4'x8' door into the garage area, in case I ever moved or had to get machinery in or out.

    David

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  • Ron of Va
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    Another vote for a tow truck, the ones with an engine hoist, not a roll back.

    I used a u-haul trailer to move a mill 40 miles to my house. When I arrived home I realized that there was no way I was going to get the mill out of the trailer with my 2 ton engine hoist. Waaaay too dangerous, somebody could easily get hurt. (I have a $100 deductable for the emergency room at the local hospital. I have been there many times, and don’t want to go back.)

    I paid a tow truck driver the $100 bucks to take the mill out of the trailer, and back down my driveway to my garage. He took the mill out of the trailer with the boom, and then lowered it down on the lower lift for stability, the one that clam shells under the front tires of a car. Piece of cake, well worth the $100 so no one gets hurt, and the mill does not fall over.

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  • The Artful Bodger
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    Originally posted by gwilson
    I hired a tow truck to move my 16" x 40" lathe,and my Bridgeport clone on separate occasions. Both worked out well,and cost was low. The tow truck even managed to get the lathe most of the way under my garage door at my last house,to where it was on smooth concrete,and I could manage it from there.

    Yes, a tow truck is the best alternative to DIY, after all a tow truck is not much different to a big engine hoist!

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  • gwilson
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    I hired a tow truck to move my 16" x 40" lathe,and my Bridgeport clone on separate occasions. Both worked out well,and cost was low. The tow truck even managed to get the lathe most of the way under my garage door at my last house,to where it was on smooth concrete,and I could manage it from there.

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  • Tinkerer
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    Originally posted by The Artful Bodger
    Does the tractor have four wheel driver? Weight on the bucket reduces weight on the rear wheels. Do the rear wheels have directional treads? Reduced weight and trying to back down the street might just spin those wheels.

    Otherwise, I too would go for a skid if the tractor is up to it. My father and I moved a quite large two floor wooden farmhouse about 5 miles over farmland using nothing but timber skids and two tractors and we didnt break even one window.
    Beats me but the OP'er said the thing could push or pull it so going off his info I take it it has enough ass to do the job... just not lift in into the air. And with the bucket on the ground I don't see any real weight loss to the rear wheels. The idea of placing the front edge of the skid in the bucket is two fold one keeps it from snagging and two stability. If for some reason it does not have the power I'm sure hooking a lawn mower or an atv ahead of is will get the circus moving. Which still sounds better then using an engine hoist as a transporter.

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  • ADGO_Racing
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    Trailer rental is a good idea as well. Uhaul rents an open trailer 6 x 12 I believe. has 2 axles, it is definitely rated to move a BP. 19.95/day. I think you can rent half day as well. NOT ALL Uhaul locations have these trailers. Call them to find one, so you can save yourself some time and headache. However, I believe you can drop them off at any Uhaul center.

    I have four 48" lengths of 1" pipe, I use to move various pieces of equipment around the shop. Using a small block of 2x4, a pry bar and these four rollers, start to finish, I can move the #4 horizontal across the shop (about 75 feet) in about 15 minutes, by myself.

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  • The Artful Bodger
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    Originally posted by Tinkerer
    I would not trust the cheese wheels on those lifts.

    I'd make a skid out of 4x4 lumber. Use the hoist to set it on and bolt it down then left up the front end of the skid and place the FEL under it... set down. Next take 2" ratchet straps and secure mill to bucket and back tractor down the street. Should not take more then an hour to complete the task including building the skid.

    Yes whatever you decide please take pictures .
    Does the tractor have four wheel driver? Weight on the bucket reduces weight on the rear wheels. Do the rear wheels have directional treads? Reduced weight and trying to back down the street might just spin those wheels.

    Otherwise, I too would go for a skid if the tractor is up to it. My father and I moved a quite large two floor wooden farmhouse about 5 miles over farmland using nothing but timber skids and two tractors and we didnt break even one window.

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  • Tinkerer
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    I would not trust the cheese wheels on those lifts.

    I'd make a skid out of 4x4 lumber. Use the hoist to set it on and bolt it down then left up the front end of the skid and place the FEL under it... set down. Next take 2" ratchet straps and secure mill to bucket and back tractor down the street. Will make a little noise from the bucket dragging but no more then a snowplow passing by. Should not take more then an hour to complete the task including building the skid.

    Yes whatever you decide please take pictures .
    Last edited by Tinkerer; 12-05-2010, 01:40 PM.

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  • John Stevenson
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    You can even get them for moving Sherlines around.

    http://www.stevenson-engineers.co.uk/files/10DP18T.jpg

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  • gda
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    Whatever you do please post pictures!

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  • Rustybolt
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    Ditto.
    Rent a trailer.
    If it was valuable enough to buy in the first place, then spend a dime and do it right.

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