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Knockonit

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06-14-2021 12:09 PM

I”m in process of buying a jet 1642 lathe and accessories, and according to the specs its around 480 lbs ship weight,

i of course need to transport, anyone found an easy way to get this thing moved.
assume the head comes off seperate, which will make carcass a whole bit lighter to move, i have some heavy duty furniture flat dollies ot get it up on (cast iron stand) and have a trailer with a ramp to roll it up on.
thinking this might be best way, accessories can all go into a crate of sorts, along with other misc. items.

couldn’t find how heavy head was. anyone
thanks
rj in az

-- Living the dream


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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 06-14-2021 01:27 PM

Do you know someone that has a liftgate (Tommy Lift) on their truck?

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#2 posted 06-14-2021 01:29 PM

Remove motor and head stock, tool rest, tail stock and legs. That should make it more manageable.

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Knockonit

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#3 posted 06-14-2021 01:56 PM

yeah, my buddy has a truck with one, but just left for cali to pick up a big tool, be gone for a week, but i gotta move it by thursday this week as she sold house.

yeah, kinda what i thought tt04, i can roll up on one of my trailers, just trying not to have the whole crew go with me, hate paying windshield time, lol

thanks
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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Kudzupatch

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#4 posted 06-14-2021 02:03 PM

Rent an engine lift/cherry picker and some straps. Make easy work of moving any machine.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Knockonit

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#5 posted 06-14-2021 02:06 PM



Rent an engine lift/cherry picker and some straps. Make easy work of moving any machine.

- Kudzupatch

oh i have one, but no concrete to use on, have to transport from garage across a 10 ft gravel drive, i’m a gonna take some pllywood to roll dollies on to get up on trailer, with a couple helpers and removing the big’ns me thinks we’ll get it done.
i put a small beam on my new shop patio with an electric winch i can lift off trailer when getting it to yard, older i get the more i like the electric tools of sorts.
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 02:30 PM

RJ, congrats on getting the lathe. Now your work begins as in getting it moved. At only 480 pounds you quoted, if you disassemble it, you are looking at about 150 pounds for the head stock, possibly the same for the bed, and probably about 60 – 70 pounds each for the legs. That leaves somewhere near 50 pounds for the tail stock. Using a hand truck, without any help, you should be able to move all of it without any problems in separate pieces. You would have to stand the bed up on the hand truck and move to your vehicle. Be careful how you load the head stock if the VFD is attached. See below.

When I got my used PM 3250, at 750 pounds, the guy I had helping me was just about as helpful as my shadow. We did get the bed loaded into my trailer, and put the head stock (over 200 pounds) and tail stock into the cab of my truck. Unfortunately, when I set the head stock down, and placed the banjo next to it, I later made a turn that caused the head stock to fall over with the face of the VFD hitting the banjo causing it to fail when I put it all back together. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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Knockonit

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#7 posted 06-14-2021 02:33 PM

Hey jerry, nice to hear from you, and thanks again, am excited to have a better lathe than i’ve been relearning turning on, plan is to retrieve on wed this week, me thinks with info here and a little yankee ingenuity things will go well.
appreaciate all comments.
best for the week
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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DS

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#8 posted 06-14-2021 04:00 PM

RJ, this is the lathe I have.

It was a heavy sonofagun, but I managed to load the pieces in my truck with a little extra help from family.
A good dolly helps to locate it once unloaded.

Be careful of smashing fingers as that would be a serious injury given the mass involved.
It will be a workout for sure.

Congrats on the new lathe. I love mine.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 06-15-2021 12:04 AM

I too have a Jet 16×42 evs.
As others have mentioned, take it all apart.
I bought mine new, and it came in one large box, in pieces.
Fork lift placed the box in my truck, and I unloaded and assembled it one piece at a time.
Head stock felt the heaviest single piece. But I had no help, and I had to lift it out of the box.
The bed only needed to lift one end and drag it out of the styrofoam packing. So it may be heavier, but I never had to feel its whole weight.
Headstock, banjo and tail stock just simply slide right off.
The legs are attached to the bed with eight socket head bolts. A 6mm Allen head socket will be needed.
I do not have the basket under mine anymore. And can not remember if they are the same size bolt.

So I have had to transport mine a couple times. And I find it very easy if you can back a truck right up to it.
But if not, don’t sweat it. Hand truck, wheel barrow, or a buddy will handle this lathe with hardly any effort at all.

I pull the parts off the bed. The remove one leg. With it right next to the truck, as the one leg come off. Set the bed right on the end of the tail gate, and remove the second leg. Lathe bed slides right into the bed of the truck.
Easy, easy. And no real lifting there at all.
Legs are not bad to lift. And bed practically loaded itself. So really only the headstock to lift.
And if you can keep from setting it on the ground, then I find it is not that hard.
Lathe to tailgate is only a few inches of lift or drop.
And putting it back together, it is very helpful to have a buddy. That headstock is the heavy part to deal with. and It must just sit on the bed, sort of balance there and line up the cam to slide it on the bed.
So a second set of hands is very helpful.

Good luck, and congratulations on your new lathe.

-- John

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#10 posted 06-15-2021 12:57 AM

Yes, I paid my local woodworking store $50 to deliver my planer and they placed it right where I wanted it. Best $50 I ever spent. I didn’t have to lift a finger other than pointing over there.

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Knockonit

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#11 posted 06-15-2021 03:37 AM

thanks for info, have a gaggle of pals gonna tag along for the retrieval, planned in a couple days, happy monday

rj in az

-- Living the dream

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Knockonit

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#12 posted 06-17-2021 10:07 PM

Lathe was moved today by me and my supt. easy peasey, took the head and tail stock off, put on a couple flat dollies and rolled up on trailer, pulled off dollies strapped down and sache’d home, not set up yet, but in shop, am coating floors this weekend, so all tools are staged on the south side patio till coating dries,
thanks to all for the info on moving, made it so easy
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#13 posted 06-19-2021 10:57 PM


strapped down

Yes, the most important advice I can give is to never assume a tool is heavy enough that it won’t somersault into the road if it gets a chance. Been there, done that. Always strap.

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DS

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#14 posted 07-06-2021 09:13 PM

So, RJ, now that you’ve had your new lathe for a while, how do you like it?
How is it going?

Any new turning projects to share yet?
Inquiring minds… etc.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Knockonit

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#15 posted 07-07-2021 12:56 AM

thanks for asking and no not yet, it is in the new shop and has a new grill cover on it, just this week i got the undergound conduit in for the power and internet system for cameras ect.
hope to have power run by end of this week, then set the mini splits and begin the assembly of the shop, its in a building thats new 26c36 with a 12×36 covered patio on south side, i did make about an 8×21 area for a office, it will have its own ac, just in case.
the shop will be ac cooled. walls are 10 ft. open trusses with foamed roof under deck and insulated walls, 5/8’’ cc ply going on by end of week on walls, and electrical trim and i’m in biz. have a new 4hp dust system that i’ll install.
and once its squared away, will get some pictures and have my daughter show me how to post, i’m not much on electronics, barely text, just not that important to me.
but at 73 I’ve decided to shut the biz down and spend some time making stuff. hehe, and i mean stuff. i dabble in wood and metal, usually have a trailer build under way, along with lotsa wood items, since i sold the old building we had our shop and office in , i’ve not done much, ole gal says get it outta the garage ,wanna park her car, lol
so. ergo a new shop, taking a while, price went up about 40% over my original cost analysis, oh well, guess that life.
thanks to all for info on misc. items thru the last year ,hope to have update soon
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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