Monday September 7, 1998
Ken Marquess and Grant Erwin help unload the lathe from my pickup and roll it into the inner shop, to about 40' from the unload point.
This is NOT an instruction or endorsement of Do It Yourself machinery moving, nor does this completely address safely raising, lowering and pipe-rolling a top-heavy machine. An A-frame is unstable and dangerous unless securely anchored. Moving is dangerous and may require experience in addition to common sense. Moving a mill or other machine with a wide base and reasonably low center of gravity is good practice. I wouldn't want to start with a top-heavy lathe with a small narrow base, like this one.
Roped down in the pickup bed for the 25 mile drive from Auburn. The lathe sits on stacked 2x6's.
The unloading was done using Ken's I-beam A-frame, temporarily bolted to the front wall of the garage. Ken built this as a free-standing unit using 2x6's to keep it upright, but in this installation the garage wall header provides the anchor.
A-frame bolted to house, lathe suspended from A-frame. That's Ken behind the truck.
From other side with Grant hiding behind a baby hemlock.
Lathe being lowered to ground. The lathe weighs 2500 lbs according to the manual, and is supported by a pair of web straps looped around a 4x6.
Pipe-rolling the lathe.
This gives an idea of the pipe-rolling process. This was at about the 2/3 point, making a "K" turn to back the lathe into its corner.
In the last photo, Grant lifts the headstock end a fraction of an inch to get more pipes under it, to roll the headstock end sideways.
The pipes are short sections of ordinary 3/4" i.d. black pipe. The seven feet have been removed from the lathe, leaving a flat enough bottom to roll on the pipes. Given the small base areas it takes a lot of pipes, close together, and even so it took a few hours to roll it the distance.
The inner shop floor is flat and we could move the lathe with hand power. The outer garage floor slopes 12" in 23' and a come-along was required to provide the horizontal force to move it uphill.
The pipes keep the lathe or other tool close enough to the ground to avoid disaster if it rolls off the pipes. The yellow splitting wedges visible at the left end are used as a check to keep the lathe from rolling backwards, or in any uncontrolled direction.
The wedges and pry-bar are also used to gradually raise and lower the lathe to get the pipes under it, and then later to raise it enough to rest on stacked 2x4's to screw on the feet. The pry-bar is used to raise or lower about 1/4" and the wedges moved to support it at that position.