I rented a Drywall dolly from the Rental place at Lowe's. Similar to
those found at Home Depot and others to move lumber etc around the store
and to your car. It said it had a 3000 pound limit. A lot of load for a
drywall cart I thought.
After hauling the 1400 pound Sky Needle 50 miles to my house on an auto
trailer with 4x4's running across to hold the weight, we maneuvered it
onto the dolly. It was then a cinch to roll it around using a couple of
sheets of plywood to make a floor and moving the last one up to the
front each time as it was rolled to the back yard. I had cut two sheets
of plywood down the middle to make a nice one lane highway.
We used small hydraulic car jacks to raise the tower up off the cart and
move it out from under.
On 12/3/2010 12:54 AM, Grant Saviers wrote:
> I bought a used LM354 which was in a guys back yard. He single handed
> it into the street with a two wheel dolly that had small trailer
> pneumatic tires. If the tower is balanced on such a dolly it is amazing
> how it can be maneuvered. An engine hoist could lift one end so the
> dolly can be positioned at the balance point, then a few willing hands
> can move it. Just need to make the dolly.
> Grant KZ1W
> On 12/2/2010 8:43 PM, Jon Pearl - W4ABC wrote:
>> Hi Roger.
>> I've managed to move a couple of large crank-up towers by following the
>> Egyptians example. I've used large diameter PVC pipe in 3' or 4'
>> lengths as rollers to simply roll the tower around the property. When
>> one of the pieces of pipe pops out from behind the tower it is picked up
>> and thrown down in front of the tower in the path of travel. You can
>> easily slide the tower laterally on the slippery PVC by butting pipe
>> pieces end to end to make turns as you go.
>> You'll shove the biggest tower pieces around your property with little
>> effort and no ruts.
>> Tower: --------
>> Roller: |
>> You get the idea!
>> Jon Pearl - W4ABC
>>> I can rig something for unloading, (I have a lot of steel, a couple of
>>> 4000# engine hoists, and two 4 ton cable hoists) but getting something
>>> heavy across the yard and around behind the shop is a real challenge.
>>> It'd take one of those fork lifts with the large pneumatic tires. I'd
>>> have to do it in the winter when the ground is frozen and wait till
>>> spring to install.
>>> One of the old farm wagon frames would be ideal for that and might even
>>> work in the summer, but certainly not in the spring.
>>> It took two years to get rid of all the ruts the last time I had a truck
>>> (Hy-Ranger) out there, but I'd sure like to replace that 25G with a good
>>> crank up without spending a fortune.
>>> Roger (K8RI)
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