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Old 12-12-2012, 05:49 AM   #16
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I thought about that, but I wanted something that I could move this mill around in my garage with. If I needed to clean out around the machine to pull it out of the garage to get at something behind the mill, or where ever, I wanted it to be mobile.

The cherry picker would have been easier and cheaper, but I thought that this was cool and plus, to me at least, a mobile base makes a vertical mill much more valuable if I ever go to sell it. Who knows I may be wrong, but I would be more tempted to buy one of these if it is on wheels as opposed to not on wheels.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:37 AM   #17
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Great idea and nice work. I friend did the same thing years ago when he was starting his own mold shop. Everything was in his garage, on dollies, and two rows of 220 v. 3 phase busway were suspended from the ceiling. Worked out OK until he was able to afford commercial property.

Thanks for the inspiration - I've got the same problem.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:31 PM   #18
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so how much weight do you have to put on the leveling screws? seems like everything is real beefy except where the nuts are welded on. Do the casters still hold the weight when it's set in a working position?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #19
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The engine crane/pickers aren't great for mills, I tried that with mine, I had to assemble the legs to the crane around my mill, then the hook when set on the boom length appropriate for the weight of my mill meant that the ankle of the arm going to the lift eye was so sharp when the arm was high enough to clear the mill, that the arm was going to swing my mill, so I had to use the longer 1 ton hole, which was sketchy in terms of load capacity.

Then once you lift its hard to push with out the mill swinging, so I had to ratchet strap the mill to the body with a block of wood to keep the knee from banging.

Ultimately I just fork lifted it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:19 AM   #20
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I have a 2T picker with extendable legs, it's a little beefier than normal. I bought a 60's Kondia that is about 2ton, so I had to pick off the upper ram to move it. The smaller bridgeports run only about 1600 lbs, so it should work looking at it from my armchair.

I also picked a early 60's MKL lathe that was easily 2T. I had to jack it up and then push it a foot before it blead down, still did the job.

Nice job on the base though. Looks tough.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:48 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by sailah View Post
I think we should have a contest....

This was pre new bike too

I give, what is the black bike on the left ?
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:26 AM   #22
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I give, what is the black bike on the left ?
2004/2001 Yamaha fz1 modified slightly.

Btw my garage is much cleaner now. Still can barely walk around.
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