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How to move a Colchester Student ?

A short journey by car

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Nicholas Farr05/09/2020 12:15:34
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Posted by Paul Kemp on 04/09/2020 18:51:26:

Moved my Harrison L6 on a single axle unbraked plant trailer which in hindsight was probably highly illegal! Harrison info for weights suggested it was OK but possibly not! To get it to the trailer it had to be extracted from the shed it was in, with no room for any lifting kit inside and soft ground outside. Then had to move it about 50' uphill on grass, over a lump of concrete round a drain before getting onto concrete and out onto the road. Took 5 of us about 4 hrs.



Hi Paul, if your un-braked trailer plus it's load weighed even 1gram over 750 Kg. then it would have been illegal. It happens to most of us I guess, as I once took some scrap to a local scrappy, but getting as much on that I thought was about right, weight wise, weighed in at almost 600 kg. Being that my un-braked trailer weighs 200 Kg, that made it around 50 kg over the limit, but it was worse than that, because the car I had then, meant that the max I could load my trailer was around 445 Kg, opp's! Could have cost me more than the value of the scrap if I got pulled over or had an RTA, even if I wasn't to blame for the RTA, be careful of your GVW guys.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 05/09/2020 12:20:01

Robert Atkinson 205/09/2020 18:16:59
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Just be carerful and make sure there are no body parts between machine and immovable objects, including any crane or lift. Think what could break or go wrong in advance and plant where it will end up. If it start to topple or run away DON'T try to save it, step back and save yourself. If using an engine crane I'd want it to be rated for at least twice what I'm lifting. Whacht out for reduced rating with jib extended. Even the professonals make mistakes. A builders merchant delivering to a neighbour dropped a load of blocks from his HIAB onto SWMBO's Focus. At least no one was hurt.

Robert G8RPI

Clive Barker25/09/2020 15:24:51
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Two weeks ago I moved a Colchester Student Mk1 from the north of Pakistan to my home in the south - about 850km. The transportation was easy as I hired a truck. The challenge was getting the lathe down 3 full flights of stairs for loading and after unloading down another flight of stairs with a 90 deg turn just 40in wide into our basement. The only solution for me was to dismantle it and box the pieces including the bed. The stand was a challenge as there is nothing handy to hold on to. We solved this by lashing wooden cross-members under the tray. The advantage of dismantling the lathe was that I got a good look at its condition and it was convenient for a good clean and repaint.


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