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 Posted: Mon Dec 7th, 2009 04:17 pm
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 I'm thinking of buying the ZX-45 mill/drill and was planning on partially disassembling the mill (removing the mill head and table) to move it into my basement.

 I'm a toolmaker/machinist (10yrs exp) with some machine building experience. So, I don't think this is out of my league. However, every machine is different and I'm wondering if anyone has done this before, how difficult was it? Or someone familiar with the machine could give me a guesstimate on how hard this would be? Probable pit-falls?

Any advice would be appreciated,
Will

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Welcome to the forum.
As long as you keep the column attached to the base, you should be OK, if you remove the column from the base you can have tramming issues....
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 Posted: Tue Dec 8th, 2009 08:11 am
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Thanks, Don!

I don't think that removing the column will be necessary, but if I ever do I'll be sure it's properly seated/square/indicated in, before I put it all back together.

Thanks again,
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Will,
Some of the tool rentals have "power dollys", they are like a over grown appliance dolly with a power lift assist, I have never used one personally, but I have heard some pretty good reports from customers that have.
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I think I saw the power-dolly from a link you posted in a different thread. Not a bad idea!

Hey, what's the best way to get an accurate shipping quote? I e-mailed customer service... No response. I live in Minneapolis, MN and would want it shipped to my residence. Also, I don't own a forklift.;)

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It takes a day or so for a good quote, I suggest picking it up at the delivery terminal, a pick up truck or utility trailer is all you need to pick it up, and then your picking it up at your convenience, and arriving in your driveway when you are ready, and can maybe have a few friends over to help,  not when the trucking company decides it is a good time...Kinda like waiting for the cable guy....:shock:
And they hit you for a pretty good surcharge for residential delivery.:X
I will check on the quote and see if I can track it down.
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 Picking it up from a delivery terminal would be fine. My friend has a mid-sized pickup and renting a trailer is no problem. If that doesn't work out, I could rent a truck. I can get one from Reddy-Rents with a 1-ton lift gate for $70.

 Any idea what the dimensions of the shipping crate would be?

 Thanks again, for all your help. Your company is smart to have this forum set-up. There's a lot about the delivery/pick-up process I hadn't thought about. It's not every day you have a nearly half-ton machine delivered to your house!

Will

Edit: Too many ifs

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Crate would be shipped on a standard 40" X 48" pallet, most pickups have 40" between the wheelwells.
I would either nail together a temporary wood "A" frame to hang a chainfall & strap  off of to get it off the truck, or a garage beam/cross tie to hang it on, once you have the machine "on the floor" you can pull the head & table, then wrestle it down your stairs.
If your basement is not finished, you can lag bolt a 2"x 4" across a few floor joists and put temporary posts in to lift the mill up onto your bench or stand.
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 Posted: Wed Dec 9th, 2009 11:02 am
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  Sorry, I thought I had included my City, State, Zip in the shipping quote request. Anyways, here it is:

Minneapolis, MN 55407

  I can get a good engine crane for $100 or less from Craigs List. So, obviously it would be worth it to just buy one, and it will be very helpful in disassembling, re-assembling and moving the crate. Also, I have a friend who can get a full sized pickup to help me.

Will

P.S.: Are you getting hammered by this blizzard yet?!

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Will,
You have mail;).
We have not gotten any snow to speak of, just a bit of rain, and some high winds.
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Not bad, Don! Not bad at all!

  I was expecting a much higher quote! No doubt, your help here has solidified that I will be buying Wholesale Tool's version of this mill. Now I just need the Government to send us our $8000.00 home-buyers rebate check, and the weather to calm a bit!:D

Check you later,

Will

 

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