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Moving A Vacuum Press

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by shayla, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Have you ever dismantled a vacuum press for transport? It's in the basement, and if that was an easy thing to do, that might make hauling a lot easier. It's a 40 x 60 cold vacuum press.
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  2. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Yea, get a mover - they know how to do it and for them it takes minutes. I know, I moved my 1st 4468H myself (with help from 3 friends) and it took about 30 minutes plus sore backs and a scuffed up door jamb. When I moved my 2nd one I had 3 friends to help me drink beer while we watched 2 moving men with 2 straps take about 5 minutes from start to finish and I didn't have a sore back or scuffed walls - it was well worth the $125.00 I paid. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  3. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I got a new (pre-loved) vac press last year. Got it in the car OK between three of us. When I got back to base
    I realised that no way I could shift it on my own without damaging it (or me). The last one I had was twenty years
    ago and I managed to get that one up the stairs and in situ my myself. It was a tad lighter though....
    Once upon a time I could find willing hands to give me a lift with things, but nowadays all my friends seem to have
    bad backs, bad legs or heart conditions or all of the above o_O
    So I hired a light removals firm. I say 'firm'. Two big lads. Cost 90GBP but they had to come 15 miles.
    And most important, they were insured.
  4. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    We did to bring the new one down a few years ago, but are gifting this one, rather than taking it to the dump. It'd be nice if we didn't have to pay movers.
    Between my favorite framer and our son-in-law, they're capable enough to take it apart and put it back together well. But don't know how long it takes, or if there are any glitches with doing that.
  5. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Have a good look underneath it. If the legs can be unbolted moving the rest of it intact should be easier.
  6. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    It was sitting on a wooden support, which is now under the newer one. This one's just the press, with no base.
    We can move it with enough guys, but seems like it'd be easier in more than one piece.
  7. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

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  8. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Har. Funny, but it has me smiling. The reason being, our piano movers are a tiny couple in their late 60's. who are both under five and a half feet tall. Watching them zip our upright from one house, out to their trailer, and into ours, like a couple of ballet dancers with a few little props, was a beautiful lesson in the value of leverage. But I doubt they carry presses up stairs. Who knows, maybe we'll just pay movers.
  9. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I'd say it's best to shift it in one piece if possible. They are delicate things despite the bulk and you can't
    rely on getting it all back together and working properly. Mine has cable outlets and various knobs that are
    vulnerable. I wish the manufacturers would incorporate carrying handles.
  10. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

  11. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Yikers! One reason I'm so careful is a piano-moving incident that once occurred in our town. A group of men was moving a piano, when it slipped loose, landing on a man's head and killing him.
  12. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    One importing thing I learned from a long time friend who was a professional rigger/erector, let the machines to the lifting! The wheel, inclined plane, fulcrum, and the pully are your friends.
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  13. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    I have moved 3 of them over time and the easiest has always been to keep it all together as one piece. You already have the clamps on the sides but it would need to be strapped tightly in case of the remote possibility that someone opens the clamps for some stupid reason.

    I paid 2 grunts to do the heavy lifting each time. o_O

    Another thought is that if you remove the top, now the bladder is exposed to all sorts of damage during the moving.:eek:
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  14. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Yeah, I thought about that. Hmm...
  15. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

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  16. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    I think that the Bowler Hat monkey, Mr. Shifter, might actually be Me in disguise ..:cool:
    Love the tea...:p
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