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Default Moving mill/lathe with engine hoist

I did a search on a groups.google and found dozens of posts from people who
moved mills and lathes with an engine hoist. My 2 ton folding engine hoist
from Harbor Freight has less than 2 feet of distance between the two lower
legs. This distance is not enough to clear the base on my Enco
Bridgeport-like mill, not to mention the pallet. Am I misunderstanding
something? How do you get the legs around the base of the mill? Are there
rental hoists that are super wide? I imagine that the intended purpose of
the hoist is to remove engines, and so the legs would be sized to allow them
to roll under a compact car. Do people modify them to be wider? I don't
get it. Comments? Thanks.


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"AL" wrote in news:4i76c.31991$SR1.38630@attbi_s04:

I did a search on a groups.google and found dozens of posts from
people who moved mills and lathes with an engine hoist. My 2 ton
folding engine hoist from Harbor Freight has less than 2 feet of
distance between the two lower legs. This distance is not enough to
clear the base on my Enco Bridgeport-like mill, not to mention the
pallet. Am I misunderstanding something? How do you get the legs
around the base of the mill? Are there rental hoists that are super
wide? I imagine that the intended purpose of the hoist is to remove
engines, and so the legs would be sized to allow them to roll under a
compact car. Do people modify them to be wider? I don't get it.
Comments? Thanks.



Yup, I had to redo the base of mine, its all a U shape. It will straddle a
Bridgeport. Last machine I picked up the ram bent over (Jim Wilson will
attest to this!) No mas. I use a local semi-retired fellow with a drop down
trailer and a pallet jack modified for moving the mills. Effortless. Best
$75-$100 I spend each time I have to dink with having one moved!

Marty

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Jack up or lever the mill in steps and place wooden supports
to hold it up, higher than the hoists legs. Place the
supports so they clear the legs. Reverse to drop.
JR
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AL wrote:

I did a search on a groups.google and found dozens of posts from people who
moved mills and lathes with an engine hoist. My 2 ton folding engine hoist
from Harbor Freight has less than 2 feet of distance between the two lower
legs. This distance is not enough to clear the base on my Enco
Bridgeport-like mill, not to mention the pallet. Am I misunderstanding
something? How do you get the legs around the base of the mill? Are there
rental hoists that are super wide? I imagine that the intended purpose of
the hoist is to remove engines, and so the legs would be sized to allow them
to roll under a compact car. Do people modify them to be wider? I don't
get it. Comments? Thanks.


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I'm not sure I understand. If I lower the mill in increments, using
intermediate steps, wouldn't the mill end up sitting on the legs of the
hoist?

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Jack up or lever the mill in steps and place wooden supports
to hold it up, higher than the hoists legs. Place the
supports so they clear the legs. Reverse to drop.
JR
Dweller in the cellar



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Ivan Vegvary
 
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When you are done moving, you lower the mill onto blocks, retrieve the hoist
and using levers etc. remove the blocks.

Ivan Vegvary
"AL" wrote in message news:bI76c.31831$KO3.83372@attbi_s02...
I'm not sure I understand. If I lower the mill in increments, using
intermediate steps, wouldn't the mill end up sitting on the legs of the
hoist?

"JR North" wrote in message
...
Jack up or lever the mill in steps and place wooden supports
to hold it up, higher than the hoists legs. Place the
supports so they clear the legs. Reverse to drop.
JR
Dweller in the cellar







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Grant Erwin
 
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OK, you got a crummy engine hoist. So go rent one that fits your mill
base. I bought a 2-ton import engine hoist and have picked up my Bridgeport
with in many times.

Grant

AL wrote:

I did a search on a groups.google and found dozens of posts from people who
moved mills and lathes with an engine hoist. My 2 ton folding engine hoist
from Harbor Freight has less than 2 feet of distance between the two lower
legs. This distance is not enough to clear the base on my Enco
Bridgeport-like mill, not to mention the pallet. Am I misunderstanding
something? How do you get the legs around the base of the mill? Are there
rental hoists that are super wide? I imagine that the intended purpose of
the hoist is to remove engines, and so the legs would be sized to allow them
to roll under a compact car. Do people modify them to be wider? I don't
get it. Comments? Thanks.



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