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lordbeezer

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Hopefully getting a Bridgeport dropped off at my little shop.all I have to unload is a engine hoist.thinking might need to disassemble some to get unloaded.maybe a lot.no lift gate on truck.any ideas? Thanks Phil image.jpeg
 

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Engine hoist is completely out of the question; do you have a strong beam over your garage door?
 

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No beam.might have time to make a a frame out of 4x6" treated beams..or would disassebly be better.just sold my 3 ton chain hoist cause never used it..
 

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a gantry can be built rather inexpensively, 4x6 would be great!!!
but then you'll need the chain fall again too :mad:

that would be the easiest way
 

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I would not recommend taking things apart; with limited means to handle parts, damage could be a likely result, to say nothing of injuries, Possible you could rent a gantry -----
 

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Get smart and move it with a drop deck (drop bed) trailer. The money spent renting the trailer could easily cost much less than a damaged mill, a damaged truck, or an injured person or two. Not to mention that moving it that way is a piece of cake. All you need is some pipes to roll it on, a pry bar to get it up high enough for the pipes to roll in, and some tie down stuff. A pickup is a very poor way to move a knee mill. Too top heavy.
 

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Check with your local wrecker/towing company to see if they have a boom truck. They can lift it out of the truck and set it in your shop.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions.I've got some thinking to do..gonna be in a box truck.makes it more difficult.
 

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Call a lumberyard and ask them to unload it, be prepaired to spend some $$$$$$
 

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Hire a Bobcat skid steer for 1/2 hr . May cost a few bucks but well worth the money spent . My neighbor lifted 2 Bridgeporsts and a Lagun FTV2 off my trailer with no problem . The Lagun was the heaviest of the 3 but it handled it readily .
 

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+1 on the wrecker. F-550 sized or better. This one was a mid-sized IH. Best $50 I had spent on it.
Had a bit of an issue with the lower chock brace thingy getting in the way of the tires of the trailer.
And I can't remember for the life of me WHY I had rotated the head back up.
And I'm not sure at all why it dangled at an angle... No doubt a mis-calculation on my part.
I lasso'd a rope around the column base and all went fine.

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In addition to the good ideas above, I've used a front end loader, backhoe and forklift to move similar machinery. The forklift involved a small boom mounted to forks, not lifting from below. Maybe you have neighbors or other nearby businesses.

Harbor freight sells a 1 ton gantry crane for 729 without hoist. Maybe less with coupon. Not cheap but maybe something you could use for other projects or resale instead of hiring wrecker. Check your local CL, sometimes gantry cranes to cheap. Don't forget machines seem to get lonely and need new friends.......

Uhaul rents flat deck trailers for about 50 bucks in my area which would easily handle 1 ton.
 

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Hire a Bobcat skid steer for 1/2 hr . May cost a few bucks but well worth the money spent . My neighbor lifted 2 Bridgeporsts and a Lagun FTV2 off my trailer with no problem . The Lagun was the heaviest of the 3 but it handled it readily .
Mind the 'Bobcat's' lifting capacity. Some are under 2000#.
 

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I believe the ports weighed in around 1900 and the Lagun was 2350 or so . I added a couple buddies on the back as counterweights . :) Looking back , I shoulda held on to the Lagun but I just didn't have the room to keep them .
 

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I just moved a BP clone from Auburn, AL to my shop in Madison, GA. Used a gooseneck trailer so it was much easier to securely strap to the trailer. But it was no picnic. The guy I bought it from thought it would take about thirty minutes to an hour to load it. It took four hours (because of where it was located in his garage) and he had rented a boom-style forklift. Rarely does 'everything' go right on a move like this. I have a skid steer, and I had made a set of forks for it, but even with that, it was a little tenuous getting it off the trailer. All kinds of things can go wrong.

I would strongly suggest you figure out some other way to move it than in a box truck. For starters, how are you going to get it IN the box truck? I contemplated using one (as protection against potential bad weather during the move), but unless you have the right kind of equipment, you'll be risking serious damage and/or injury just getting it out of the truck. At the very least, you should use a box truck with a heavy duty lift gate, but even that is a long way from ideal. If you MUST use a box truck, you'll probably need to rent a forklift that has a boom to reach into the truck. Some have recommended using a boom-style wrecker or a crane to unload it. While good advice for a flat bed truck or trailer, I can't see how that is going to be of any use to you on a box truck.

Several posts have offered some valuable advice on how to move the mill. Some of the best being to drop the knee to its lowest level (I would add moving the table as far toward the back of the mill as it will go), and do a 180 on the head. That lowers your center of gravity, but it's still a bear transporting something that heavy. Depending on your shop layout, you may want to consider renting or borrowing a pallet jack after it's in the building. As has been suggested above, you can roll it around fairly easily with just two pieces of round stock and some sort of lever, but a pallet jack is much more maneuverable (a little challenging to get out from under the mill when it's at its final resting place, but quite doable).

Best advice anyone can give you: BE EXTRA CAREFUL!!! That machine weighs around a ton and is very top heavy. Think it through carefully, and don't rush it.

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Hire a Bobcat skid steer for 1/2 hr . May cost a few bucks but well worth the money spent . My neighbor lifted 2 Bridgeporsts and a Lagun FTV2 off my trailer with no problem . The Lagun was the heaviest of the 3 but it handled it readily .
Unless your neighbor has a big assed 8xx series or better - that was a risky endeavor.
Load of dirt or stone down low, fine, using it for lifting, it would be at it design limits.
But then that is why they engineer in a safety factor.
 

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Unless your neighbor has a big assed 8xx series or better - that was a risky endeavor.
Load of dirt or stone down low, fine, using it for lifting, it would be at it design limits.
But then that is why they engineer in a safety factor.

Yes , he has a large machine with forks for his business . We just lifted them off the trailer bed and pulled the trailer out . Lowered them and then pushed them all into the garage . Did just the opposite when I sold them . One of the BPorts went home in the back of a pick up . 1/2 ton POS with the tires spewing air . Now THAT I call a risk ! He called when he made it back to his place . I had my doubts he was going to make it .
 

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Neighbor has John deer tractor with fork attachment..maybe.have to ask capacity..guy I'm getting mill from is bringing from Florida when he picks up some furniture..in box truck.wish it was a flatbed.is what it is..lots of good ideas.didnt think of neighbors.if John deer doesn't pan out a boom type wrecker might ..thanks
 

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I drove my Bridgeport home with my F-150...... I had the Bridgeport loaded on a pallet, borrowed a pallet jack from a friend stuck the pallet jack under the bridgeport on the back of my truck and then called a Flatbed tow truck, they pulled up to my bed winched the pallet jack over to the tow truck and then he set it down in my drive way, paid the guy $65...... I've set 7 machines down like this....
 

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too bad you live so far away---you could use my small Payloader with forks or my a-frame hoist and chain hoist----I also have a IH tractor with 2000 series loader that would easily unload your mill----your neighbor with a tractor and loader with forks would work great as long as it isn't too small of a tractor----main thing is to be careful and not rush unloading---Dave
 

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This is how I do it. A 9x42 BP is about 2100 lbs, that's a 3500lb machine on the forks. Kidding aside, I really do recommend at least a 5000 lb forklift. But I also like @Cooter Brown 's idea above also.


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For lifting, the Bridgeport is threaded for a lift ring in the arm or ram or whatever it’s called. Don’t recall the thread size offhand, but buy or borrow a ring...makes life much simpler compared to straps, I found.

In my case I had a low door header problem and I had to remove everything above the round turret, bring it in only as far as a rented forklift could reach, and then set it on a pallet jack to position in the shop and use an engine hoist to replace the whole top assembly.

Removing the mill will be left to my heirs.
 
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