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onlygoodwithwords
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What's The Best Way To Move A Saw (That's Not On A Trailer)?

I recently built up my new LM26. I built it in a covered shed to stay out of the weather, but I need to move it outdoors until I build a new shed specifically for the saw. What is the best way to move the carriage assembly? I have a tractor with pallet forks, so I had two thoughts:

  • Approaching from the operator side, place the forks under the saw-head until they are just barely behind the blade guard. Lift the saw head till it reaches the top of the rails, at which point it should pick up the whole carriage. The problem with this approach is that I am not sure where the center of mass of the carriage assembly lies. If it is significantly fore or aft of the saw-head, this would be a fairly unstable way to lift it.
  • Attach nylon straps to the beams that connect the winch assembly to the saw-head rails. Slide the pallet forks under the straps and lift from there. The problem here is that this will put an inward force on the saw-head rails - possibly bending them.

Any other thoughts?

Thanks!

r.garrison1
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Almost all the weight would be in the head assembly. I'd suggest moving the head to one end, jacking the other end a bit to set on a 6X6 or something. Then, move the head to that end, and lift the other end, and another 6X6.

Then, you could put some kind of cart or something under it,

Make certain you lock the head into position very well when moving it; maybe in the middle? I use C-clamps across the rail to lock it in place. Lock both sides.

If the saw can handle the weight of a log, it can handle the weight of the head in the middle. Once you have it on the 6X6's, you can maybe make a pallet of sorts for your forks, and go from there. 

Bill
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Stick some 6x6's under the frame ( rails) ? attach it to them then skid it where ever you want it.

onlygoodwithwords
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Thank you for your thoughts!

In hindsight, it's obvious I should have mentioned that I need to move the mill several hundred yards in hilly terrain. Much of the trip will be on a gravel drive, but it couldn't even pretend to be a road. And the last 100 yards will be on a spur that just qualifies as a trail.

My plan is to transport the deck and the carriage separately. I'm not worried about the deck - it's sitting on a set of 6x6 connected longitudinally by two 4x6. I'll simply screw the deck down and pick the whole thing up in the middle with the pallet forks. But there's no way I can pick the deck up with the carriage on it. 

So, how do I carry the carriage by itself over varied terrain without damaging it?

 

Bill
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A couple of slings from the carriage frame then very very slowly. I moved mine with the head on by attaching an axle from the back of a mini van under the rails and pulled it from my shop up the mt. to where my mill site is.

onlygoodwithwords
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I think I too readily dismissed the idea of moving the carriage and the deck together. Here's what I've decided to do:

  • Ratchet strap the carriage to the middle of the deck - one strap per corner.
  • Pick up the deck and carriage with the pallet forks.
  • Ratchet strap the whole thing to the pallet forks.
  • Drive slowly.

I won't do the move till the snow melts - hopefully sometime before July. I'll post pictures when I do.

Thanks again!

r.garrison1
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That should work.