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, "apf.rm" <apf@...> wrote:
> I'm sure I'm not the first to have this question, so thanks for any
> advice you might have to this newbie!
> I recently let go of a C&P 8x12 (new series) press which needed to
> moved out of a basement through a cellar door. The quote I received
> from a moving/rigging company was nearly $2000 (to rig and move it
> miles from it's current location).
> My question: should I have this opportunity again, is it possible to
> move this on your own - that is, without professional
> rigging/hoisting? If so, can it be done with just a few strong
> By way of introduction: I am a new member whose background is in
> arts - book constructions, printing, paper cutting.
My name is Tim and i am new to the group.I do not know
if you got any replies.I can tell you my story and experience so
far.I have no experience just ignorance.I recently was able to get a
one man print shop that was operated out of his basement.Their were
two platen presses and large paper cutter along with one case of type
and workbench,plus extras.I disassembled both the presses and the
paper cutter.This made them a little bit lighter.The presses were
stripped except for the two side frames and the main shaft and
gears.I rented a motorized stair climbing dolly to get the larger of
the two presses up and out.This stair climber would also motor itself
into the truck bed.The smaller press was moved by my Father and I
with a large dolly(not motorized)The other press took three of us and
everything we had to give.It took us roughly three hours to move
three pieces of the large press(frame,bed and plate)All said and done
it took a lot,roughly five different days and about twenty hours of
labor.Now i have to put everything back together after cleaning.I
only had to go fifteen miles not 150 so you have to figure gas too.It
all depends on how involved you really want to get.I would not trade
the experience and knowledge I gained for anything.Thanks for
listening and good luck.