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10-03-2016 08:38 PM

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I’m getting an old floor model Delta/Rockwell drill press from a friend. It is too heavy for my son and I to carry. It’s kind of an awkward item. I need to get it out of their basement/garage, into my pickup, and then into my shop. Because of the design of their house, we don’t have to take it up or down steps in either location.


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#1 posted 10-03-2016 08:45 PM

You can remove the motor, belt cover(s) and table to make it lighter. You could also pull the head and base if you were so inclined, but that is probably overkill and not really necessary. Then a hand cart or movers dolly would be all you need with two people guiding it. Maybe bring along some plywood and longish 2x material just in case – you can make a ramp/slide for the stairs and back of the truck if needed.

Also – I don’t know what model you are looking at… but they aren’t all that heavy really, just kind of awkward since they are top heavy. A typical 1954 Delta floor model drill press, like the 14-208, has a shipping weight less than 200 pounds w/motor (~170lbs).


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#2 posted 10-03-2016 08:49 PM

Take it apart. Move in increments.
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#3 posted 10-03-2016 09:03 PM

I moved a floor model DP220 by myself with just a hand truck and my pickup and I’m not a big guy at all. Take moving blankets with you to lay against the back of the hand truck to stop it from wanting to roll around. When you get to the truck you’ll be tipping it onto the tailgate and pushing it forward. Again, put it on moving blankets so it can’t really roll or get damaged.

If you want to you could probably just lower the table and head unit without disassembling anything to lower the center of gravity.

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 12:19 AM

I moved 2 in my life time…both I would equate to trying to dribble a football (top heavy and extremely tippy). As ugly as it sounds, I removed the top head from the base. That’s how they came from the Delta factory (new) and I assume there was a reason for that.

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#5 posted 10-04-2016 01:55 AM

I moved one a couple years back. We wheeled it to my truck on a dolly and it took 2 men and a teenager to get into the truck. My shop is elevated so I was able to pull up to the front deck which is about tailgate height and scoot it out. If it’s really heavy you can check out Frank Howarth’s videos on moving big machines.

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#6 posted 10-06-2016 02:48 AM

If you can your truck in both places, I’d suggest a chain hoist. I’ve unloaded a number of very heavy items that way.

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#7 posted 10-06-2016 02:56 AM

I unloaded my unisaw off the trailer into my shop last month by myself. I really wish i would have disassembled it or called a buddy. Lesson learned

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#8 posted 10-06-2016 08:32 PM

I’ve used an appliance dolly with crawler treads for heavy tools. The trick is getting the weight back on the wheels and making sure you appropriately support the base. A set of ramps are really handy once you get to the car or truck, but a lift gate rental truck is awesome and may be worth the money if it’s a real beast.

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