Posted by Chris Jones on October 19, 2012 at 12:49:05 from (126.96.36.199):
In Reply to: Moving a lathe posted by Fullmer on October 17, 2012 at 09:30:53:
As a teenager I was working Saturdays for a fellow and I helped him move a heavy metal lathe from his garage shop to a new shop he'd built. It was about 100 yards down a hill through the trees. He backed a Ford 8N with 3 point forks on it under the lathe but it wouldn't lift high enough so he added cribbing. The tractor strained and managed to get the lathe only about 2 inches high but as soon as the clutch was pressed to put it in gear the lift dropped. I can't remember if I pushed the tractor and he rode or if I rode and he pushed but we let the tractor lift it and we had to push the tractor out the garage and let it roll slowly down the hill then push it into the shop. I do remember it almost fell off going down the hill as it started hitting the rough ground in places. I certainty wouldn't recommend doing this although I'm sure I've done just as bad myself.
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