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  1. #1
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    Default Leveling Feet/Casters for Bridgeport Mill

    I recently struggled with how I might lift my newly acquired Bridgeport off its pallet and move it into position. I finally solved the problem by sliding the front off the pallet and mounting leveling feet/casters, then doing the same with the rear of the machine. This also fixes the issue of a substantial slope in my garage floor near the walls. I used 5" x 2" 1/4" wall rectangular tubing with leveling feet that have integral casters. Since the machine is now 7" taller, I bought a 7" high work platform. The stability is increased with the wider stance.

    I used Zambus ALC1000FB casters. They weren't cheap at $58 each, but had a load capacity of 4,400 lbs. for the four of them. I tossed the bolts that came with them and substituted 3/8-16 grade 8 bolts. Had to clean up the holes a smidge for them to fit.

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  2. #2
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    If that was I, I would drop onto the floor to make it more less prone to vibrations, and getting rid trip hazards...cant be thinking about milling while holding a beer and then still have enough mind power left to remember you need to step off of something to get another endmill....or beer

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo View Post
    If that was I, I would drop onto the floor to make it more less prone to vibrations, and getting rid trip hazards...cant be thinking about milling while holding a beer and then still have enough mind power left to remember you need to step off of something to get another endmill....or beer
    I don't normally drink beer while operating the equipment.

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    Default Mobile Mill Base

    I recently had similar problems when I brought a 1.3 tonne East German mill.
    My engine hoist was not capable of lifting it off the pellet safely, so I hired a 1.5 tonne $200 a day gantry crane from Kennards to do the job.
    As I had no intention of ever spending that sort of money again, I made a steel base that would be a semi-permanent accessory.
    Made from 200 x 100 x 6 rhs and 100 x 100 x 6 shs brought at scrap price it allows me to move the mill using my pellet jack with little effort.
    I can't take a better photo at this time so the one taken on my phone has to suffice.
    Mark
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    Default Nice Job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Poloris View Post
    I recently had similar problems when I brought a 1.3 tonne East German mill.
    My engine hoist was not capable of lifting it off the pellet safely, so I hired a 1.5 tonne $200 a day gantry crane from Kennards to do the job.
    As I had no intention of ever spending that sort of money again, I made a steel base that would be a semi-permanent accessory.
    Made from 200 x 100 x 6 rhs and 100 x 100 x 6 shs brought at scrap price it allows me to move the mill using my pellet jack with little effort.
    I can't take a better photo at this time so the one taken on my phone has to suffice.
    Mark
    I like the fact that the pallet jack forks slide into the base. Is there some way of leveling or adjusting for irregularities in the floor surface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmaman View Post
    I don't normally drink beer while operating the equipment.
    That just prooves your not an AUSSIE !!!

    Sorry just foolin !!!!
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  7. #7
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    Default leveling the base.

    Plasmaman I missed your post completly.
    I could not think of a leveling solution, so I put a 900mm square mat made from re-constituted car tyre rubber under the base.
    It seems to do the trick.
    There is also a 6mm thick nylon sheet between the mill and the base.
    Mark
    I've become a tool of my tools.

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    Plasmaman
    Is that Corvette on the hoist?
    peter

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