Simple Steps To Move Your Vertical Milling Machine

Proper Lifting and Moving Techniques for Vertical Milling Machines

Written by Tim Cromwell, CEA, A&A Machinery Sales (MDNA Member Firm) Published on April 24th, 2019. 

“You mauled that milling machine!” You mauled that milling machine!” This is what I heard in the aftermath, as two men moved the Bridgeport Mill and it fell off the loading dock.

The buyer had his forks under the mills base and no straps.  When he drove off the loading dock onto the flatbed, the trailer dropped a few inches but enough to get the vertical mill to tip and fall off the trailer on to the ground.

If you have visited many auctions or spent much time in machine shops, you have seen it. A vertical milling machine lying on its side, oil spilling on the floor and broken handles. There are many ways to move machines, but only a few ways to do it correctly.

Use these simple steps below to move your vertical milling machine safely and securely.

Pick up the Vertical Milling Machine under the Ram

This can be done from the sides, the front or the back.

Loading from either Side (Recommended)

  1. Lift your forks and spread them to just fit around the column. 
  2. Move in until the forks have extended past the Ram. 
  3. Place rubber pads or wood between the forks and the ram. This creates friction to reduce the chance of sliding 
  4. Put oak or solid wood timbers between mill and the back of the forks. This will stop the mill from sliding back towards the forklift. 
  5. Run a cargo strap around the mill and attach to the mast. This will stop the mill from sliding off of the forks 

Loading from the Front or the Back

  1. Lift your forks and spread them to just fit around the column.
  2. Move in until the forks are to the end of the Ram (Forks will be parallel with the Ram)
  3. Place 4×6 oak or solid wood timbers on top of the forks and under the Ram. Make sure to keep the timbers close to the column.
  4. Put oak or solid wood timbers between these 4×6 timbers and the back of the forks. This will stop the mill from sliding back towards the forklift.
  5. Run a cargo strap around the mill and attach to the mast. This will stop the mill from sliding off of the forks. SIMPLE STEPS TO MOVE YOUR VERTICAL MILLING MACHINE

     

    About the Author: Tim Cromwell, CEA, is a Manager of Sales & Acquisitions for A&A Machinery Moving & Sales an MDNA Member Firm. A&A Machinery is an industrial rigging and machinery moving contractor and service provider located in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 

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