Advice on moving Workshop.

I expect to be moving house (and workshop) soon. It seems very likely that I will need to put everything into store for some weeks, and I
would be interested in any advice from anyone who has gone down this path before. For example, has anyone any experience of removal firms who are used to handling lathes, mills and workshop items, as well as 3 piece suites, or should I be seeking a specialist? If it matters, I'm in Romsey, Hampshire near Southampton.
A radical suggestion from a friend was to sell all the machines, and buy replacements after the move. There is some good logic here, but having rebuilt most of my machines to a good standard myself I've developed a certain emotional attachment to them (sad I know).
Mike
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On 23/06/2010 16:57, mikecb1 wrote:

I had the same issue two years ago as I sold my house before deciding where to move.
My solution was to buy a removals lorry off ebay for just under £3k, load everything into it and store it in my mum's drive. Three months later I unloaded it at the new house and sold the lorry a week later for exactly what I paid for it, so the only costs were diesel, insurance and a few aches.
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On Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:57:37 -0700 (PDT), mikecb1

I hired a container, moved the good stuff in there, removalists moved the low value stuff, then unpacked the container once the move was over & the new shed built - some 6 months later
If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.' Catherine Aird
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I rented space in a local farmers barn whilst I converted and old barn at my place into a workshop. I bought a drum of preserving oil (cosmoline type stuff) and liberally painted everything with it. Even so with a 12 month wait in storage some things did lightly rust where I missed bits with the brush. I bought masses of VPI paper and wrapped all the small stuff in that and then cling film, and that was entirely satisfactory with no rust. Even now coming up to 3 years after the move I have boxes not yet un packed. The actual physical move was done by a chap with a hi-ab equipped flat bed which went swimmingly until he fell off his lorry and ruptured his spleen poor fellow.
AWEM
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On Jun 24, 8:36 am, "Andrew Mawson"

Thanks guys, some very good ideas here which I will explore. A problem shared and all that - I now feel a bit less depressed about the situation! .
Mike
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Hi Mike
I'm about to face the same challenge in Fareham although its only a 500 yard move to a bigger house with smaller garage. The current garage on the new house is to be replaced with a bigger one (hopefully) and so I've got to find a temporary home for the bigger machines etc. I'll also need a means of moving everything - if you find a local mover capable of dealing with machine tools I'd love to know how they perform for your equipment.
Hope it all goes well for you
cheers
Toby

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mikecb1 wrote:

One interesting method I've seen done here in the states:
1 - buy a good used shipping container. 2 - move the shop into the container, bolt the machinery to the floor in a working arrangement. pack all the tooling etc around the machines. 3 - Seal container and have it moved to storage. 4 - when new location is ready, have container deposited there 5 - a. Move the shop stuff out of container into new shop, then sell the container for what you paid for it. b. Make the container your new ship.
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Very good plan, but regrettably very few domestic situations here in the UK would allow it as we are rather more tightly packed into our tiny island than you on your continent! 90% of our housing stock would not have enough space to plonk a container in the curtilage.
AWEM
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Andrew Mawson wrote:

I suspected that, but hoped Mike might be one of the few who had the space. I guess we're spoiled here. My (TX) home is on almost an acre, though the trees interfere with my shop-building aspirations. I do have a nice 24x40 shop set up with machines and tools, except it's a 30 mile drive to get there. That limits my shop time to a few hours per week. Very hard to get involved in a real project.
(cue violins)
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mikecb1 wrote:

That's not sad. Of course there's some emotional attachment, but it's also good sense. If you rebuilt the machines carefully yourself, you know they're in good order. Many (if not most) older machines aren't in good order and have substantial problems that take effort and knowledge to fix.
Best wishes,
Chris
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