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  • #76
    This post really took off! I appreciate all the replies and good advice.

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    • #77
      I'll send the old lady over and get this over with.
      "the ocean is the ultimate solution"

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      • #78
        Originally posted by steverice View Post
        I'll send the old lady over and get this over with.
        LOL

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        • #79
          Hope you do not move
          What did your wife say after that move ???

          Dave

          Originally posted by ed_h View Post
          For moving a mill, there might be something of use here:

          http://bullfire.net/Mill/Milling%20Machine.html

          Ed

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          • #80
            There are some here advising that the mill will tilt forward if it is picked up by the top of the column.

            While this certainly is true; I have it that it will only tilt forward to the extent that the centre of gravity (COG) is attained ... that will not be much ... certainly not enough to prevent clean placement at its new location.

            It is possible that the COG will be overall better balanced if the head itself were to be reversed (swung around). Am not sure of this as it will depend on the motor being heavier than the milling head castings.

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            • #81
              Here's a shot from a video where the owner is moving a mill like mine. He's got a chain running through the column as near as I can tell. The part where he attached the chain was left out. Looks like he has a lightweight overhead crane setup or a piece of angle from a bed frame that he's using to hold up a lightweight chain fall. Anyways, you can see the tilt.





              I watched a good deal of this video. Don't recommend it but for those who have an abundance of free time... I give you shopdogsam.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7L2gBQThZg
              Last edited by 01-7700; 10-27-2017, 06:40 AM.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by 01-7700 View Post
                Here's a shot from a video where the owner is moving a mill like mine. He's got a chain running through the column as near as I can tell. The part where he attached the chain was left out. Looks like he has a lightweight overhead crane setup or a piece of angle from a bed frame that he's using to hold up a lightweight chain fall. Anyways, you can see the tilt.





                I watched a good deal of this video. Don't recommend it but for those who have an abundance of free time... I give you shopdogsam.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7L2gBQThZg
                54 minutes in he throws a chain down the colume to lift it off the trailer.

                I was waiting for his tube boom to fold up.
                Andy

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by vpt View Post
                  54 minutes in he throws a chain down the colume to lift it off the trailer.

                  I was waiting for his tube boom to fold up.
                  You're one of those people, eh?

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
                    You're one of those people, eh?


                    It just sounded very thin and notice the ends of the tubes just squashed to be welded not coped. It just has that look of something that would fold up.
                    Andy

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                    • #85
                      Update: The mill has been moved out of the garage before the first snowfall. It was a shmoove move thanks to all your advice. I ended up taking the motor, pulleys, and shroud off to access the hole in the head. The shop isn't finished yet but I can work on that and building my benches as time allows. Here are some pics of my shop.



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                      • #86
                        All that natural light is gonna be great in the not-cold-and-dark time of year. Otherwise, not so much fun for heating.
                        "A machinist's (WHAP!) best friend (WHAP! WHAP!) is his hammer. (WHAP!)" - Fred Tanner, foreman, Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering machine shop, circa 1979

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                        • #87
                          I love the openness of all those windows.... but..... but.... WHERE YOU GONNA HANG UP STUFF ! ? ! ? ! ?



                          My original goal was to buy a retirement place where I could build a nice above ground shop with at least one wall well equipped with windows looking out on the outdoors. All my life my shops have been in basements or garages with very little window area. One starts to feel like one of H.G. Wells' Morlocks after a while... So I commend your window ratio efforts.
                          Chilliwack BC, Canada

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                          • #88
                            I have a 12' high wall on the other side. Shelves and a library type ladder should provide enough space for storage.

                            It's a really nice place to take naps in the sun

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