Preparing Machines for Moving

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Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

Post by SteveHGraham » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:14 am

The band saw has an eye at the top for lifting.

Raising either machine by the base, without a pallet, would be disastrous. Even with a pallet, it would be unpleasant and risky. Shoving the forks under a machine while it's on its side (as mine were in the truck) would tear the machine up.

Forklift forks stay level when they go up and down. My tractor's forks don't. I have to jiggle the joystick to keep them reasonably level. You can imagine what it would be like, trying to keep a top-heavy machine balanced using the joystick.

Lowering the machines into their mobile bases would be impossible if they were sitting on forks. It was hard enough, using rope.

These are not heavy machines by tool standards. The band saw is something like 325 pounds. The drill press is probably near that figure. You can stand on one of my tractor forks and jump up and down without bothering it, so there was no risk of bending the bucket or forks.
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Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

Post by Inspector » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:41 am

You can use longer straps in a basket lift to reach the base if there is any doubt about lifting from the top. Basically like the lift the neighbour and I used to get my 20" bandsaw out of the shipping container of shop and household stuff when I moved here. Table was removed for the move. We did the same for the table saw. I was able to manage everything else myself. With this pick there was ratchet strap going around the 2x4 and column to the skid steer so it couldn't rock side to side or tip out the front. With longer straps reaching above the load a few ratchet straps cinched around the outside would keep the load from tipping through.

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Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

Post by liveaboard » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:23 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:14 am
I have to jiggle the joystick to keep them reasonably level. You can imagine what it would be like, trying to keep a top-heavy machine balanced using the joystick.
I don't have to imagine, my tractor FEL pallet forks are the same.

Yes, of course you're right that hanging the tool is safer; I lifted mine from below because it was the only way to get in through the low doorway.
I rocked it and kicked blocks under, for a heavier machine used a prybar to get a little clearance.
slipped the forks under and strapped the tool to the forks with a heavy ratchet strap.
Some places I rolled heavy machines [600-800 lbs] on the floor on pipes.
All very slowly.

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Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

Post by SteveHGraham » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:46 pm

I had some fun yesterday. I was using a subsoiler to dislodge a stump, and I ran into a huge rock I didn't know was there. I had to use the tractor and a rope to lift it.

Learned an interesting thing about lifting heavy things with ropes. You have to think about the possibility that they will swing BEFORE lifting, not just as they're about to leave the ground. I realized the obvious just as this one was about to take off. I was not able to react fast enough, and it swung into the Kubota's bumper. No damage, but something to think about in the future.

The rock looks small in the photo, but it was large enough to disturb the tractor. Biggest one I've moved yet.
06 17 19 big rock tied to kubota forks small.jpg
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