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Old 05-08-2023, 10:21 PM
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Guess I will start this thread. Since I am being home some new to me machines, and I still need to get a couple pieces of equipment in from being stored outside last year, I decided I need to purge the pole barn of unnecessary items and get the shop ready for work.

Tonight I brought home the wells index Bridgeport style mill. I was going to leave it outside til I get shop purged a bit, but decided I should put it inside, since I do want to keep this mill long term. So I made some quick room inside. Nice thing is my daughter came out to visit, and she helped me move it inside.

I used my heavy equipment beams an wheel setup I made couple years ago to move a press brake I had bought at an auction. I ended up selling it before I moved it offsite, but I made this setup to move it and it worked, pretty much ok Except I did under build the wheel supports, but I remade them and it moved the mill just fine. I expect it to handle the lathe and shaper just fine too.

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Old 05-08-2023, 11:35 PM
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That's a pretty slick rig! Are those like screw jacks built in?

Time to have a yard sale, I'd say...
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Old 05-09-2023, 04:15 AM
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you know you've got a problem when you own a moving kit like that
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Old 05-09-2023, 05:56 AM
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That's a pretty slick rig! Are those like screw jacks built in?

Time to have a yard sale, I'd say...

Screw jacks from old mobile home trailer tongues. If I remember right, I did have to take them apart to free up, from sitting outside for close to 20 years.

Since each wheel can swivel independently, and raise/ lower, it moved the mill easy. Hard part was clocking the wheels so they turn in unison. But is handy, was able to turn them in a circle and rotate the mill in a circle.

All I had to do was lift the mill 1/2” to slide the flange if the beam under the base. The screw jacks did the rest.

I left the mill on the frame on the trailer. Helped spread the weight out on the trailer boards.

The wheels were old forklift solid rims and tires. I made the axle parts couple years ago. Rolls over concrete prettty well. A small grain of dirt is no problem, unlike if I was using pipe rollers.

And the wide footprint made it a lot less too heavy, and chance of tipping very small. This is a pro and con. I needed about 2’ all around the mill to get cart in behind it. But it was just out from the wall just enough.


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That's a nice moving cart!!!!
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you know you've got a problem when you own a moving kit like that
I agree. What a problem to have and be jealous of.

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For reference, these are what might also be used to move equipment like a mill. I think they were used to move safes by a locksmith. Heavy as fuck, I picked them up at auction for $25 missing one of the jacks (probably could use a bottle jack in its place). Sold AS-IS for $225 a week later, I was glad to get them out of my way.
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Old 05-09-2023, 02:06 PM
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For reference, these are what might also be used to move equipment like a mill. I think they were used to move safes by a locksmith. Heavy as fuck, I picked them up at auction for $25 missing one of the jacks (probably could use a bottle jack in its place). Sold AS-IS for $225 a week later, I was glad to get them out of my way.

Shoot, here I thought I had invented something new.

I’m not sure, but I might have got the idea from a piano moving set up? I know I had this idea in my head for over 15 years, before I made a set.


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Old 05-09-2023, 09:40 PM
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Brought home the 16” Lodge and Shipley lathe tonight. Think I had it loaded in about 45 minutes. It was in building about 30’ from the door and off set, so the wheeled I beam cart made easy work of it.

Then spent a bit of time on the 16” Shaper. Powered it up and ran it a bit. Looks like the clutch might need a bit of loving. It did not want to disingage, so Ram just met moving. When I switched to a higher speed, and turned the motor on, it did stay stopped, until I turned it on, and then it would not disengage again.

It probably has been 10 years since it was last run though. Five years for sure, since the previous owner/ operator passed away.

Then I realized that my equipment moving dollie will not work on the shaper unless I remove the electric motor. I think the shaper would originally been run by overhead line shaft. The electric motor has been added after it left the factory.

We rolled it out and turned it on some pipe rollers, and then I decided that I will remove the motor in order to used the dollie. It will make things so much easier to move.
Hopefully this will get moved Thursday night.

I also did get a cemented carbide grinder. On a nice pedestal too. It is missing one side table, and wheel, but other side works. And it is a reversible motor. Light even works. I had to try it out tonight.

Last week I mentioned it to my boss to keep an eye out for one. I would like one for the shop. I showed him one from the Grizzly catalogue, and he said he would rather buy a new one vs an used one. Unfortunately, grizzly is backordered, and not sure when they will be back in. And I don’t think we need an baldor brand one for $1500. At least, I could think of other ways to invest in some tooling before that. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-09-2023, 09:44 PM
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I also got what looks like a homemade sander the guy was making. Looks like it would take 26” wide sandpaper, to line the drum.

It needs a drive gear box for the feed rollers yet.

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