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    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.

    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

    [This message has been edited by glenj (edited 02-28-2004).]

  • #2
    I'd like to see your pictures, but they are password protected.


    • #3
      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!
      Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


      • #4
        This is the first time I've tried to post photos? How can I post them directly into the text?


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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.
            Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


            • #7
              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.
              To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


              • #8
                The CAD model...


                • #9
                  The finished building...


                  • #10
                    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.
                    Don\'t ask me to do a dam thing, I\'m retired.


                    • #11
                      When framing was complete...


                      • #12
                        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?

                        [This message has been edited by rockrat (edited 02-28-2004).]
                        Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


                        • #13
                          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.


                          • #14
                            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.


                            • #15
                              Great looking shop!! thanks for posting the photos of the equipment moving.