Moving a Bridgeport Mill

As always, I’m looking to add tools to the shop, and recently acquired a Bridgeport Mill.

In this post, I’ll share a few pictures of how I moved the Mill to my shop.

To lower the center of gravity of the top-heavy machine, the knee was lowered all the way down and the head turned upside down. Once loaded on the trailer, it got a generous treatment with a roll of shrink-wrap. This will help keep the road dirt and grime off the machine.
A set of chains around the bottom of the column was used to secure the machine on the trailer. In addition to the chains, I used ratchet straps over the top of the machine. I made sure none of the chains and straps are putting any load on the lead screw or ways. This secured the machine very well for the trip home.

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To offload the machine off the trailer, I got help from my friend with his skid steer loader.
Bridgeport style machines can be easily lifted with the forks under the ram. First, we grabbed it from the side to get it off the trailer.

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A second setting from the front of the mill, with a couple of 4×4’s across the forks, to move the machine into the shop.

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…and the machine in its place in the shop, next to the Maho mill.

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I hope this helps some of you, who are looking into moving a Bridgeport type mill or any other machinery to your own workshop.

If you have any questions about my workshop or any of the projects, please leave a comment below, or email me at yogisworkshop(at)yahoo.com

For other projects, please check out the projects page in the top menu.

Yogi

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