I bought a used Boyar Schultz surface grinder and snugged it down good in
the truck using ratcheting tie downs. Unlike a mill, I knew the table
wasn't attached to the base but was merely held in place by gravity. But
stupid me, I didn't think to tie the table down. I made a sharp turn and
the table and magnetic chuck went flying. Fortunately not much damage was
done. Are all surface grinders like this?
It's certainly very common on smaller grinders. My 6x12, the table just
lifts right off.
It's a real good idea when moving machines to hunt until you get access to
a manual or somehow get the factory's procedure for moving the machine.
Wasinos (they used to make B&S's manual surface grinders) had special table
clamps for shipment. If you forgot them, you could Brinell the roller
bearings, besides losing a table off the end of the machine.
Even if the base of the machine is fastened to the cabinet, it's a
good idea to separate them before transporting. Sure is top-heavy
And if the "X" axis uses a rack-and-pinion, it is not fastened at all.
Just lifts off. The style using a wire rope friction drive has at
least a bit of wire that will stop lifting much, but won't stop the
inertia once it gets "rolling". Even just bringing the "X" axis
adjustable mechanical stops in from the ends to hold the table from
having any motion would help.
Besides, after transporting any distance, it's best to dismantle and
clean and re-lube everything. If you just bought this from someone,
then doing so prior to paying allows some inspection as to condition
and assessment too, for both the buyer and the seller.
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