Moving 12,000 Pounds

Recently Motor Man sold a crank grinder, a piece of equipment that he no longer uses. Yesterday was moving day.  By the way, the crank grinder weighs 12,000 pounds.

I was at the shop bright and early to document the move in pictures. I couldn’t imagine how you move something that heavy.

But the crane and rigging company hired for the job knew exactly what they were doing.

They used jacks and then chocks to lift the crank grinder off the floor:

crank grinder on chocks 1-12-2016 8-36-05 AM

As Gypsy watched intently through the office window. Exactly who are those strangers in MY building?

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Then, using a heavy chain and our forklift, they pulled/rolled the crank grinder out of the building. (Yes, that’s an old race car hood hanging on the wall: engine builder shop decor.)

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In less than 45 minutes, it was outside and ready for the crane to load it on a flatbed.

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 That piece of machinery doesn’t look quite as large in the same picture with the crane.

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Almost there…

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And, all secure for the ride to her new home,  there she goes.

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Moving 12,000 pounds was sure easier than I would have thought.  Guess it’s all in knowing how.

~These Days Of Mine~

11 responses to “Moving 12,000 Pounds

  1. Pays to have professionals! When I see House Movers, I marvel at the skill it takes for the house to just not heave to one side, or not crumble down…as you said, pays to have professionals! That was interesting to see. Looks like everyone, even Gypsy enjoyed the show! BTW what in the world would a grinder that big grind?

  2. I love cranes! I always have been fascinated with large machines like that and their ability to figure out how to safely move things but this is a great example of that. Gypsy was probably out of sorts a bit for awhile, right?

  3. WOW – they sure knew what they were doing! I LOVE to watch people do the ‘impossible’ too. …..And Gypsy – you can sure see how beautiful and grown she is next to her baby picture!

  4. Gypsy had the best seat in the house for that big job!

  5. Wow, that was really something to see! And both you and Gypsy had ‘ring-side seats.’

  6. WOW……that really must have opened up the shop a bit having that machine gone! Amazing how they make it look so easy to move that much weight isn’t it?


  7. As I was reading this, Jase saw the picture of Gypsy. He said, “Cat! Cat! Meowwwwwww”. LOL! And I want to know the answer to Donna’s question too!

  8. I wondered if this would be a post … & I’m glad it is – you sent me the pic of it sitting outside, but it’s cool to see the rest of the process !
    Really good Gyp pic, too !

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Wow, this must have made for a interesting day. Our men and their tools! Gypsy is your watch cat for sure.

  10. Knowing how and having the right equipment! Thanks for documenting the move, not something one sees every day! Gypsy has grown into a beautiful young lady.

  11. You know who would have loved this post? My Dad! He would have been standing there grinning, just watching it all go down. He was also somewhat of a “motor man” and any mechanical skills I have I attribute to time spent with him – welding, fixing, tinkering, tightening. The boys may grow up but their toys still involve gears and wheels 🙂 Fun post – and interesting – thank you! 🙂 MJ

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