Well, I got my Jones & Shioman 540 grinder into the workshop this
week, after a lot of planning. I have lost count of the number of
people I spoke to about moving it, but the upshot was that anyone with
the right kit to move it (hiab, etc) wanted £150 - £200 to move it.
Fair enough I supose, everyone has to make a living -but too expensive
for "hobby" use. In the end I got a courier I knew to move it in a
Mercedes Sprinter van (it just went in after I removed the metal cover
on top -about 1" to spare). When he got it to my house I'd arranged a
forklift truck to get it out from the local plant hire company.
Fortunately there is one about half a mile away, but it still cost me
£40 to get it unloaded. Simple operation though, it was one of the
all-terain forklifts you see on building sites and they have a reach
of about 3M -so he was able to put it in the garage from outside.
Then I borrowed a pallate truck from them to shuffle it where I wanted
it. All I have to do now is lift it off the pallate -but there is no
rush, I can work on it just as easily on or off it.
Moral of this story? -if buying something big (and what isn't?) make
sure you can move it BEFORE committing to buy it
17 years ago