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Recommendations for a machine mover

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Bountyboy08/09/2021 14:30:31
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I’m looking to buy a lathe but it’ll need picking up from near Heathrow and transporting and moving into my garage in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as I need to move the lathe one week after the sale ends.
I’ve contacted Landylifts but I know he’s always busy so I’m looking for alternatives.

Thanks in advance if you have any contacts.

not done it yet08/09/2021 14:38:54
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Make? Model? Weight?

Bountyboy08/09/2021 14:47:14
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Hello ‘not yet done’,

Smart & Brown


According to the internet it weighs around 2,200 lbs


Dave Halford08/09/2021 15:34:38
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Home and workshop machinery are in Sidcup, they might share the name of their shipper.

john fletcher 108/09/2021 17:06:28
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If its on a pallet, then Pallet Ways is who you are looking for. An old friend of mine has had lots of machines moved by by them. For us, its some where on Teeside, maybe nation wide. John.

Bountyboy08/09/2021 18:15:01
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Many thanks for your suggestions. I’m going to inspect the lathe at the weekend, if all’s ok I’ve a week to sort transportation.

Howard Lewis08/09/2021 19:15:34
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Have never needed ti use them, but Landylift seem to have a good reputation.

Weighing near enough a ton, it6 will need care in lifting, transporting and siting.


gerry madden08/09/2021 20:29:31
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You could try:

He is based in Tring but travels. I used him recently and he knows his machines and how to handle them.


Tom Churchman08/09/2021 20:35:26
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Got my 1024 picked up from Birmingham and delivered to Northampton about 2 months ago.

I used a guy in Birmingham who is not a machinery mover as such, but does a bit of everything. I was happy enough to give him a decent tip as he took the time to plonk it in the right place at my end.

Luke - 07377 893046 - goes by Luke Bespoke on Facebook if you have it.

Book weight is 1200kg, many movers won't go over a tonne. Luke's wagon / lorry and hiab did it no problem, only struggling with the arm extended.

Luckily the seller supplied 2 bars to fit through the lifting holes in the base, much better than lifting off the bed.

Bountyboy08/09/2021 22:18:19
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Thanks everyone, I now have a few contacts to chase up.

Chris Crew09/09/2021 01:40:17
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That's a very heavy machine to move if it is 2200lbs. I would hang the expense and get a proper industrial machine tool mover in for the job. If you trust it to a pallet courier then ten to one they will drop it and it will be worth nothing. Check out the YouTube videos of these clowns trying to shift a Colchester on a pallet, not even strapped down so no wonder it toppled. I have a Bantam in my garage that I bought from a guy who had some idiot of a pallet courier try to move and managed to topple it. It's only taken me twenty-years to source the parts and make the repair!

I had to move a couple of heavy cylindrical grinders a few years ago and used a reputable local haulier who had a flat back with a very heavy duty HIAB. It all went well but I was there every minute of the loading and unloading just to make sure. If you can find a competent carrier they will sometimes shift part loads if they have several customers in the areas of the collection and delivery points but you would probably have to wait until a suitable situation arose.

Bountyboy09/09/2021 08:31:50
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Thanks Chris,

Wise words.
Steve at Landylifts is only doing local jobs due to other work commitments. I’m waiting for a couple of quotes from professional machinery movers based in the Midlands so we’ll see where that leads.

Thanks again for all the advice, I’m sure I’ll get it sorted one way or another 😀

Tom Churchman09/09/2021 18:09:50
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I'd be interested to know the 'ballpark' figures you get Bountyboy.

I love my 1024 by the way, it's an excellent machine, proper bit of kit.

Baldric09/09/2021 19:27:47
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I used this guy for a Bridgeport move


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