Powermatic PM2700 Shaper - Moving to the Shop


PeteJr

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I'm looking for anyone who has experience moving the PM2700 into a basement workshop.

Weight is about 600 pounds.

I have an exterior basement entrance with six stairs that is easily accessed from the garage.

Because the shaper is top heavy one idea is to place it on a heavy duty appliance dolly with the cast iron top against the dolly frame. The shaper would be on its side and I'd fasten it to the appliance dolly with straps.

I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks,

Pete

******SUCCESS****** Thanks for all your suggestions they sure helped!

With the help of a professional safe mover and my son-in-law we moved her into the basement today.

Took advantage of a rare 40 degree December day here in Buffalo which made the whole experience rather pleasant. It was almost balmy (LOL), and the sun was out!.

We secured it to a heavy duty dolly and used long heavy duty straps wrapped around an immovable post to ease her down the stairs.

It was safe, secure and we are all still friends.

Pete

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You can probably find some good advice if you search through the archives at www.practicalmachinist.com -- lots of people moving heavy iron over there, including into and out of basements. Taking the top off and motor out is also a good suggestion to get it down to a more manageable weight. I've moved 300lbs of bandsaw down stairs twice (after removing the table, motor and wheels), and felt like we were approaching the limit to what three people could safely handle sliding it down the stairs--any more than that and we wouldn't have been able to control it if it got out of hand.

Rory

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You can probably find some good advice if you search through the archives at www.practicalmachinist.com -- lots of people moving heavy iron over there, including into and out of basements. Taking the top off and motor out is also a good suggestion to get it down to a more manageable weight. I've moved 300lbs of bandsaw down stairs twice (after removing the table, motor and wheels), and felt like we were approaching the limit to what three people could safely handle sliding it down the stairs--any more than that and we wouldn't have been able to control it if it got out of hand.

Rory

I went to their site. Very interesting. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Move a 650 lb bandsaw into the basement, and also an 800 lb lathe. Was it fun? NO, Was it sphincter tightening. Heck ya! Almost lost the lathe about half way down, my help sucked the bottom out from under it before I was ready. Close call to say the least. I figure I will let my boys worry about getting them out after I am dead and gone.

Roger

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