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    PM3520 Lathe Mover

    So, I was re-doing my shop and moving tools around and thought I'd share my solution for moving a PM3520B around the shop. The mover is constructed form scrap 2x6 lumber, nailed instead of screwed and glued of course.... I used 3 boat trailer jacks that I happened to have laying around, and I'm not really sure how i ended up with 3 of them. The contraption is just enough to lift the feet of the lathe a fraction of an inch off the floor, so just in case things go south the lathe can't really fall over. Hopefully this inspires others in building their own lathe movers. Even with the cost of the jacks, it's still a bit cheaper than the fancy Lift-Lock n' Roll base they make for the PM3520.

    lathe_mover2.jpg lathe_mover1.jpg under_lathe.jpg foot_off_floor.jpg

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    My club uses similar trailer jacks. Though they have 2 each mounted permanently to the legs, on the outside ends.

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    I made a temporary mover lift using 2 jacks on headstock end and single jack on opposite end. The jacks are mounted to a section of 3/4" plywood that has cleats to fit under the leg web both low and at upper side of cutout. The 2 jacks are set wider than legs for stability but 3 jacks ensure all wheels are in contact with floor under load. Mover is up in attic waiting for next relocation. It does not get much use but will work on unlevel floor where 4 wheels could be a problem. The trailer jack wheel will roll over some small bumps better than some of the smaller wheels of commercial units.

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    Well, as some one who turns bowls with the headstock moved down to the end, those trailer jacks are in the way. I did see 3 of them mounted on a Jet 16 inch lathe, and they were on the inside of the lathe, rather than on the outside. There has to be an easier solution that doesn't get in the way.... I need one for my Vic 240, just in case I need to move it or take it some where...

    robo hippy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Gray View Post
    Well, as some one who turns bowls with the headstock moved down to the end, those trailer jacks are in the way. I did see 3 of them mounted on a Jet 16 inch lathe, and they were on the inside of the lathe, rather than on the outside. There has to be an easier solution that doesn't get in the way.... I need one for my Vic 240, just in case I need to move it or take it some where...

    robo hippy
    Might not be the answer for everyone. I also suppose they could be mounted inboard. I also think one of those lift table/cart things would work for the occasional move.
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    I have a ballast box under my laguna 18/36 formed around two 2x12 boards. The ballast box holds about 400 lbs between sand and scrap metal pieces that I keep in it. I have a narrow pallet jack for my Felder saw and it fits under and moves my lathe without effort. Nothing permanent but you have to have room to store the pallet jack

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