Lagunmatic 3516-SX Retrofit
giz wrote: Right now I'm mostly thinking about how I am going to move this damn thing. I don't have a budget for a real rigger so right now I'm thinking about hiring a tow truck to winch the machine up while rolling on pipes. And at my new place, using my truck to winch it into the garage the same way.
I have moved machines on pipes many times, it does work.
A chain-winch can be useful, or a Tirfor.
I think you are out of the range of engine hoists, though perhaps a good quality one would work. (here is the tale of my low-quality one)
I assume you don't have telehandler access?
When I took delivery we used a forklift rated for 15,000lb with extended forks. With how top-heavy the mill is I'm honestly surprised we didn't drop it. It was sketchy.
I figure 1.5" schedule 40 pipes under the mill, winch it onto a tow truck over some 1/8" steel plate laid on the ground.
At my new place the machine is going intoy deep 3rd car stall. I have a Ford F350 with a 15,000lb winch on the front bumper. I can park at the back of the stall and bring the mill up the sloped driveway, at least until I hit the flat spot at the garage door.
Then use a come-along like the Tirfor you posted, anchored at the back of the garage, to slide it in the last 40 feet.
It's all one straight shot up the driveway
Between the last post and now, I did headstuds on my 6.0 and finished just in time to move the shop into my new house. I was able to rent a 10k capacity drop deck trailer to move my lathe and mill. The winch on the truck ended up helping a lot, as well as a D-ring mounted to the foundation at the back of the garage.
For the lathe, I simply dropped it off at the sidewalk and dragged it up the driveway on 2x6 skids. Sheer brute force. Then I rolled it to the side on small black pipe.
I used some really nice machine skates that were lended to me to move the mill. I winched it onto the trailer with the truck, but used a manual come-along to unload and drag it into the garage. I had to do quite a bit of disassembly to reduce the height and width of the machine to get it to fit on the trailer/through the garage door.
Now I'm in the process of finishing the garage and putting the mill back together.
Now if I could just figure out that stupid Spindle Orient....