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Forum topic by Kudzupatch posted 09-28-2021 12:33 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kudzupatch

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09-28-2021 12:33 PM

Here is an easy way to move machines. I am moving my shop and started today buy grabbing my Unisaw and Dewalt RAS.

With a little shopping you can find a engine hoist for $150. It makes short work for lifting and moving heavy machines. I have moved 1,000 lbs plus machines by myself. Just never get under it and keep in low to the ground in case something happens. When done you can take it apart and store it against the wall.

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


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Sylvain

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#1 posted 09-28-2021 01:24 PM

150$, that is a bargain.

One thing I have learned from a professional mover is to thoroughly sweep the path of the wheels. It is much easier to travel if the wheels don’t have to climb above debris.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 09-28-2021 04:28 PM

Provided you are already on a wheeled base, and your overhead structure is worth a darn, you can spend far less, and attach a chain hoist to your ceiling ties. Make sure to put a heavy beam across several of them, so you don’t put all the stress on one point. Roll your tool to the pick up spot, and up you go. If getting heavy stuff into, or out of the shop it’s best to place it in line with the overhead door, so you can back in, drop off or pick up, and be done.

Taking down and storing a chin hoist is a LOT easier than a broken down engine lift. Did I mention cheaper too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 09-28-2021 05:20 PM

+1

I made an engine lift “A” frame with the side “A”s made from drill pipe and the cross beam, detachable, made from two back-to-back 5” “C” channel.
The “A” frames are mounted on HD casters. The whole thing has a 10’ span, wide enough to load anywhere on my 16’ trailer.

For the lifting I use a 3-ton HF chain hoist.

Advantage over an engine picker is the greater height.

The picker is very useful to have, just some limits to consider.

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LesB

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#4 posted 09-28-2021 05:28 PM

I use my compact tractor but not everyone has one. This is a good alternative.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Knockonit

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#5 posted 09-28-2021 05:53 PM

lol, thats how i moved most of my big stuff, still have to move the 15’’ planer and the shaper this weekend
ric j

-- Living the dream

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Ocelot

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#6 posted 09-28-2021 06:13 PM

I even use mine to load and unload the seats from the 15-passenger van.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Kudzupatch

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#7 posted 09-28-2021 07:02 PM

One advantage to the engine hoist is you can load it up and carry it with you to unload the machine too.

Secondly the fact you can move it around is a plus. If your machine is not under you hoist you have to drag it across the floor to it.

Tractor would be my favorite too, but I can’t fit it and the machines on the trailer.

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

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 09-28-2021 07:03 PM

Gotta love hydraulics 8^)

I even use mine when I need to support the ladder at the base when on gravel.

Bucket is only rated for 700#, but the back hoe is pretty good for a lift up and a swing over to place in/out of the pickup.

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Jared_S

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#9 posted 09-28-2021 08:24 PM

The folding 2 ton engine hoist is like the defacto home shop / owwm moving tool.

Though they work best in conjunction with a pallet jack.

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tvrgeek

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#10 posted 09-28-2021 08:38 PM

I too use my engine hoist, and the 800 Lb hoist I put in the ceiling, and a heavy duty hand truck. Getting my TS in from the curb I just threw a chain around the pallet and dragged it with my mower. One can make low wheels that you can tilt a machine onto.

There are lots of clever ways to move stuff. Levers, rollers, ramps, block and tackle. When the Pharos said move that 200 ton block or else, you figured it out.

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Woodnmetal

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#11 posted 09-28-2021 10:18 PM

Good size engine hoist you landed for $150.
I’ve pulled many motors back in my drag racing days. A little hairy when it gets away from ya on a sloped driveway. Especially with a Big Block Olds and TH400 hanging from it, but certainly does work for many situations.

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Kerux2

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#12 posted 09-28-2021 10:30 PM

Look at my pic… I just pick them up and move’em…. easy peasy.

hahahahahahahahhaha

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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Richard Lee

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#13 posted 09-28-2021 11:02 PM

Easiest way to ruin any machine is to lift it by the table, I was at an Auction and they lifted a big table saw with forks under the table, it broke the table.

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Jared_S

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#14 posted 09-29-2021 12:58 AM


Easiest way to ruin any machine is to lift it by the table, I was at an Auction and they lifted a big table saw with forks under the table, it broke the table.

- Richard Lee

That really depends on the machine. That may be the manufacturer recommended procedure.

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Richard Lee

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#15 posted 09-29-2021 01:38 AM


Easiest way to ruin any machine is to lift it by the table, I was at an Auction and they lifted a big table saw with forks under the table, it broke the table.

- Richard Lee

That really depends on the machine. That may be the manufacturer recommended procedure.

- Jared_S

I agree , but unless you know the machine will tolerate being picked up as such then either find out or dont risk it.

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