I'm looking at what it would take to setup a 15kW generator for my home. I
do electrical work so wiring is not an issue but I do have a question about
how to move the 500lbs generator from the curve to the mounting location.
What kind of equipment can do this.
I was thinking a dolly with wide wheels but once I get it there how do I get
it to the slab?
4 men grounting??
Rent an engine hoist (cherry picker), a foldable is the usual rental
type. Put it in the back of a pickup truck. fasten the chain to the
loop on top of the generator, pick it up, back up to the pad and set it
down. Most cherry pickers are rated around 800# approx. The tire tracks
in your lawn will be invisible in a year or so. Keep the pickup tail
gate closed while you do it and amaze the neighbors.
A pallet jack would work if the ground is hard enough, you could grease
up a couple of 4 X 4s or landscape timbers & set them up on the
approach side, steer it up to the edge, drop the pallet jack and slide
it right on.
If the delivery uses a fork lift, bribe with a beer or two for
them to move it to the slab. If not, 500 # is not that much.
patient use of blocks and lever will get it there. You may
well want to look into rubber mounts to bolt it to the slab.
My diesel genny weighed close to 700 pounds. I shuffled it around my garage
on pipe rollers while I was repairing the floor to make a mount for it. When
it came time to lift it onto the mounts, I used a borrowed skid jack. Since
the mounts were higher than the skid jack could lift, I did it with a couple
of lifts using blocks to support it and on the skid jack to gain the height,
rolled it over the mounts and lowered it down over the bolts.
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