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    Default Vicmarc VL300 Long Base Move Vs Dissembled

    Tomorrow I am going to pick up a Vicmarc VL300 Long Base Lathe. Probably using a twin axial trailer.

    Now I am told the lathe bed, head and tail stock have been broken down into parts but the base is still in one piece.

    Question can the base of a Vicmarc VL300 Long Base be dissembled into parts or is it riveted / welded together?

    Looking at p3d.in - VL300 Bench + ASM Stand + Bolts it seems that is held together with bolts.

    Is it worth trying to break it down? Is it possible for two people to SAFELY unload the base from a trailer and what would the best way of doing the move.

    Options I have figured is a engine crane OR sliding it down a ramp.

    Any suggestions? Rather anxious do not want to damage my new purchase.

    Also can I attach castors (like these) to the feet so that I could move the lathe around easier?

    I am contemplating putting castors on the base temp then sliding it down the ramp.

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    Looking at the picture youíve attached that shouldnít be too heavy for a couple of blokes to manhandle on and of a trailer.

    Those castors will only move in one direction so possibly not a lot of use.
    I have a lot of machines on castors and have a pair of fixed at one end and a swivel pair at the other.
    Brakes on all if possible if not definitely on the swivel pair.

    For what itís worth I personally wouldnít have castors on a lathe unless had jacks to lift it clear of them, to anchor it solidly to the floor.
    You will be destroying the rigidity of that nice lathe if itís wriggling around on castors.

    Theres a Post re moving gear over in the metal forum under safety thatís interesting re moving top heavy kit.
    Doesnít really apply to your lathe as itís dismantled but still worthwhile reading.

    H.
    Jimcracks for the rich and/or wealthy. (aka GKB '88)

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    Managed to get a trailer with a ramp and a neighbor helped and we managed to get the lathe off without to much trouble.

    Now I am trying to figure out a problem with the head stock. Will post in new thread.

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    I don't have a VL300 but i do have a 200 and ggbe short answer to what i can say based on the VL200 is NO!
    I think you will find the "base assembly" is all in one piece.

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    I bought a long bed VL200 about 5 years ago and transported it a couple of thousand k's in a single axle 7x4 box trailer. It was loaded and unloaded using an engine crane in one piece with the tailstock and toolpost removed. We left it on its stand and bolted the stand to a large/long pallet. Once it was on the shed floor we could then move it around with a pallet jack before lifting it up and placing it in position with the engine stand. Webbing straps around the bed were used to lift it.
    For transport I wrapped it on the pallet with that sticky(electrostatic sticky) plastic on a roll they wrap pallets of goods with and then tied a poly tarp over the top.
    As we were travelling with the trailer behind our small motorhome it was a couple of weeks between pickup and delivery and the lathe travelled well despite a few periods of wet weather along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJames View Post
    I bought a long bed VL200 about 5 years ago and transported it a couple of thousand k's in a single axle 7x4 box trailer. It was loaded and unloaded using an engine crane in one piece with the tailstock and toolpost removed. We left it on its stand and bolted the stand to a large/long pallet. Once it was on the shed floor we could then move it around with a pallet jack before lifting it up and placing it in position with the engine stand. Webbing straps around the bed were used to lift it.
    For transport I wrapped it on the pallet with that sticky(electrostatic sticky) plastic on a roll they wrap pallets of goods with and then tied a poly tarp over the top.
    As we were travelling with the trailer behind our small motorhome it was a couple of weeks between pickup and delivery and the lathe travelled well despite a few periods of wet weather along the way.
    I'm chasing a VL200 SM and so far the ones I have seen are a long travel in the several 1000's of kilometres. Quick question...did you take the engine crane on the road down with you and back, or arrange one at each end somehow? Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plectropomus View Post
    I'm chasing a VL200 SM and so far the ones I have seen are a long travel in the several 1000's of kilometres. Quick question...did you take the engine crane on the road down with you and back, or arrange one at each end somehow? Cheers
    There's a VL175 in Chiligoe on FB Marketplace, not far from you. I learnt to turn on one of them.
    Rgds,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Croc View Post
    There's a VL175 in Chiligoe on FB Marketplace, not far from you. I learnt to turn on one of them.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
    Thanks, Crocy,

    It is great to have fellow forum members joining the hunt.

    Yes, I saw that one (down from $1850 to $1000 now), but I am set (for now) on a VL200SM -- ideally with mechanical variable speed {MVS}.

    A wise friend once told me "The hardest part is deciding what you want. Once that's done, the rest is a simple matter of joining the dots".
    That strikes a chord as these days there is so much choice in EVERYTHING.
    I have been learning on a VL200 and a Woodfast "Cobra", and am very comfortable using the good old VL200 MVS.
    Found a few too, but distance is the thing once I add in diesel, freight and COVID.

    Cheers

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    I didn't take the engine crane with me as the seller had one we could use to load it and I had mine at home.
    Mine has lifted lots of different things other than engines, which it has only ever down once. They break down easily for transport and don't take up much room when stored and are relatively cheap for what they can do.
    There are a few VL200's on gumtree at the moment ;-))

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