Where is this happening? Basement? Garage? etc.
I presume a garage.
Can you rent an engine hoist? Hydraulic motorcycle lift?
Otherwise, four to six very strong men... And lots of prayer.
Joe Agro, Jr.
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And beer - don't forget beer. AFTER THE LATHE IS IN PLACE!!!!
Seriously: How is the lathe getting to your shop? My 1442 was lighter but
the shipper loaded it into my pickup. I backed into the garage shop and
assembled one set of legs to the frame while the rest was in the bed of the
pickup. Then I slid some heavy-duty metal sawhorses under the frame and
gently slid everything free of the truck so I could install the other set.
You might be able to do something similar to get it on you bench. I'd still
recommend helpers. And Beer.
Easiest way? Find the nearest bodybuilding gym and offer 50 bucks each
for however many assistants you think you need. Make sure you've got
enough guys to lift the weight without straining and make sure they
demonstrate that they can before you leave (gyms are handy that way).
Doing it solo I'd probably use some cinder blocks and a jack. Lift one
end at a time, go in steps, and make sure that your stack of blocks is
If you've got the overhead clearance a come-along would do nicely for
that weight, but don't get any part of your body under it.
If Canadian Girls or bodybuilders aren't readily available <G>, go to the
local "rental center" and rent an automotive engine hoist (cherry picker).
Cheap rental and with a sling will lift much more weight than you need.
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