View Full Version : Moving a new mill

27-04-2010, 08:27 PM
Hi All,
I am planning to purchase a BF30 mill to replace my existing machine. Everything was going well until I started discussing how the mill would be delivered. It appears that the carrier used by the company does not provide a means of lifting the machine from the truck and getting it into the workshop. Delivered crate is around 1.8m tall and will weigh in at around 350kgs. Has anyone got any suggestions as to the best way to move the machine?

Peter Griffin
27-04-2010, 10:35 PM
You could try a local builder with a JCB

29-04-2010, 02:00 PM
pallet truck, and the courier should have one. if not rent one

29-04-2010, 09:17 PM
It all depends if you have any steps to go up/down.

If it is a straight run, then you could easily use the already mentioned palette truck. If any steps are involved, you need to get more people around you, complete with rolling bars and maybe an engine lift (if it can take the weight when fully extended).

If I remember rightly, your machine is a mill/drill. The best way is to disassemble it, move the bits (head, motor, main bed & column and table, 5 bits if you have a stand as well) then reassemble. You will need to do this anyway, to clean down and set up the machine correctly. I moved my own up a flight of stairs to a bedroom by myself, using a sling around my neck and shoulders, but that was in healthier days.

For my latest machines, I had to get a specialist mover in, at 300 a machine to go from my driveway to assembled in my shop. That is cheap compared to what Chester UK wanted to charge me for the mill, between 1000 & 1200, and they wanted to take out either a roof or wall panel. I suppose you can guess what I told them to do with the quote, and where to stick it.

There is a machine mover on here, supposedly with a good reputation.


This is how mine went. Just this bit of a very big post.



06-05-2010, 08:48 PM
Thanks for your replies. Looks like a pallet truck, engine crane and a boat winch. Fingers crossed for two weeks tomorrow

07-05-2010, 11:27 PM
sky hooks work well, make sure they can handle the weight:twisted: