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Moving a Vertical / Turret Milling Machine - Please Advise Question
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Posted by: rjaykay

06/04/2003, 11:55:20

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Hi Group,


I just purchased 2 Vertical milling machines (bridgeport Knock- offs)

Now I Need to Move them...
what I need to know is :

Can these type machines be lifted with the eyebolt in the top of the
ram?

Should the heads be turned upside down ?

Any other advise will be appreciated.

Thank You,
Robert
rjknapke@charter.net







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Posted by: RKimball

06/04/2003, 23:25:24

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Hi Robert,
Three best ways to handle bridgeport type mills.

Around the shop: Center the ram and run the table to one side, crank the table cross slide towards the column, come in with a fork truck from the other side and use wood under the ram flats over the forks straddling the columm to lift and move with the forks.

To ship: Bolt to a STOUT pallet using the four corner bolt holes provided for this purpose. I like to 'bolt' two stout 4X4 planks to the pallet first and then bolt the mill to the these, with pre-drilled (so the wood will not split during shipping) anchor bolts. (this way if the pallet gets destroyed the planks are still attached) .. and YES,IF you center the ram and table, and crank the cross slide back and down, locking all, you may use the lift hook if provided to load to a ship or truck. (do the centering, back, down thing anytime you move a mill) The main reason for the head tilting is actually to make the machine less tall and able to go into door ways, and this way it is less likely to get damaged. (centering the ram includes the head as part of the centering distance) I much prefer to use forks on the pallet!! To off load from the pallet when received, use the first above method, wood on forks. Watch out, many handles have been damaged during moves. Have the handles and cranks ALL removed and shipped in a wooden box bolted to the pallet. These parts like to punchure cardboard and excape so require a wooden box! Some people like to have a wood frame built around the mill while on the pallet, this keeps truckers from stacking things on and around the mill during other local deliveries before you see it. Never ship a mill on an open truck, it WILL get wet and rust!!!!
If you have even a cheap plywood box and frame built around the mill you will rest better knowing no one will stack or drop something on it during shipping without clear evidence.

I hope this helps...

-randy-




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Posted by: Cragyon
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06/04/2003, 11:58:56

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I've seen mills moved by the eyebolts onto a pallet which then a forklift moved.  I believe we also secured the mill to the pallet.

 

Let me know how you actualy do it!






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Posted by: rjaykay

06/05/2003, 15:23:24

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Thank You Guys For the good advise, it all went well

lifting from under the ram, Now I gotta go do my 8 hours at work.

appreciate the help!

Robert







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