It turns out with the proper equipment is easy, quick, and safe to unbox a small hobby milling machine!
A while back Barry and I got a wild hair and spent $100 in gas to drive to Grizzly headquarters to save ourselves $100 in shipping …
It was a fun trip and worth the gas. We returned with two identical G0704 metalworking mills (0ne for each of us) so I guess we saved $100 each in shipping. Anyway, we un-crated Barry’s mill while it was still in the back of his truck and used brute force (our two tired backs) to lift the mill off of the palate and onto the mill stand. Since the palat was tailgate height it was pretty easy to transfer the mill from the bed of the truck to the mill stand. The process worked pretty well and wasn’t to difficult, but it would have been easy for one of us to slip, smash a finger, or pull a muscle.
And since I’m slightly less manly than Barry I required gloves so that my soft, girlie, touch-a-keyboard-all-day hands wouldn’t be harmed in the unboxing. Which gave Barry something to chide me about. Ruthlessly. Like any good friend would.
When it came time to set my own mill up I wanted to see if I could do it by myself easily and safely. It turns out it was easy!
All I needed was a chain hoist, a lifting strap, and something to anchor it to. In my case I have an attachment point right in the ceiling of my garage which is meant to be used to lift engines out of cars. Plenty strong enough for a 300 pound mill. If I hadn’t had this handy feature in the ceiling of my garage I would have resorted to building a wooden gantry.
I filmed the process and thought you all might like to see how easy it can be to set up a small mill with the proper lifting equipment and a little planning.
Some safety notes:
- If you build a gantry, make sure you do the math and overbuild for the weight of the mill.
- Make sure you know the capacity of the strap your using. If unknown, buy a proper strap.
- If your lifting strap is used or old, check it for tears or frayed edges. Add a second backup strap if necessary.
- Keep your hands, feet, children, and pets away from the underside of the mill at all times to avoid pinching or crushing if your strap or hoist fails.
- This list isn’t exhaustive. Take your time and use some common sense.
So how do I like the mill so far?
Honestly I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. But once I do I’ll be sure to post a review.