View Full Version : How not to move a lathe!

24th Aug 2008, 06:16 PM
I bought a lathe (Carbatec C6) a few months back and all I've done so far is to take it apart to clean it. Being unable to lift 145 Kgs of metal by myself, it's resided on the workshop floor.
Well I needed to make some space for my pending CNC build so worked out a way to lift it on to a bench.

Warning! it's not pretty nor safe but it worked and that's what counts! :oo:

Frame made of 90mm H4 TP braced with any long bits of timber I could find.
Hoist is a cheap eBay item that cost me $40. The most difficult part was getting the bench under the lathe.

Now if I can only remember how to put it all back together. I'm sure I got all the bits...

24th Aug 2008, 09:33 PM
Mate I know where you are comming from. I had the same problems with a fair bit heavier lathe also. My so called mate a fitter and turner who I helped set up his shop suddenly was not available to help me.
Had to do it all on my own. Learnt a huge lesson out of that.
You got the job done that is the main thing. Nice work.

24th Aug 2008, 09:42 PM
I Love it!!..Its Up..your back's in one piece..job's right.

24th Aug 2008, 10:52 PM
I am a firm believer in having in the workshop a hydraulic engine lifter, they are worth their place in the corner, the floor space they take up as a footprint is so small. I shift mine with a two wheel trolley pneumatic tyre type. When I pick things up in the trailer sometimes two trips, one for the tool and one for the lifter.

The largest items have been two huge wood bandsaws about 8 feet tall etc. When I bought my Hercus I shifted that entirely by myself as well from and to then I use a discarded 6 wheel trolley abandoned in the car park with two busted wheels that sat there for two days before I rescued it, restored it.

You are right when you acheived your move it was risky, glad you came to no harm and all the best in the future workshop useage.

Regards Peter.:2tsup:

24th Aug 2008, 11:12 PM
I'm with Penpal. An engine crane is the way to go.I borrowed one and then hired one when I needed it again. Next time I will buy one.

25th Aug 2008, 01:16 AM
An engine crane would have certainly made it easier.

I doubt an engine crane would fit in what I grandly refer to as my 'workshop'.
The workshop is actually the back room of the house and only measures 2.4M x 4.2M. I lose 1 metre off the long dimension as its the access to the laundry and back door.
Anything over 3 metres or so has to come in via the window.

The good news is that the lathe is all back together, no bits left over either. :2tsup:

25th Aug 2008, 07:12 AM
Where there is a will there is a way... good result :2tsup::2tsup:

31st Aug 2008, 11:18 PM
It's moments like these where driving a crane truck has it's advantages :)