Moving a Vandercook 4

Hello folks,

Alright, I’ve hired a rigger to move my press out of its current location in Memphis & we’re trucking it down to New Orleans.

Can anyone advise me on something I can build to move the press from the truck, down the ramp, into the door, and into the front room? If I put two heavy duty wheels on four lengths of 2″ X 4″ I’m hoping that will be sufficient but I would love to hear if that’s a terrible idea. I’d love to avoid hiring a rigger all over again for what seems like a simple move & I’m afraid that a power jack isn’t long enough to get under it all and have it go through a standard doorway.

I’d love to hear that there’s a not over $200 solution out there.


Friedrich Kerksieck

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Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

I don’t disagree with Eric. But have used the method described with and without a come-along on a few occasions. To use pipes Friedrich would first have to mount skids to the feet of his press. In a phone conversation I also suggested a come-along and he assured me that the incline was minimal.

Eric Holub
10 years ago

Using wheeled dollies to move a Vandercook is exactly how I saw a man snap his leg in two, when the dolly shifted and the press fell onto his leg. NEVER move equipment without maintaining control at all times, and that may mean keeping lines to it by come-along, winch or pulley, by applying wedges or bars to retard motion, or other means. But to think you can wheel a press down an incline is asking for disaster.
Pipe rollers are a better choice than wheels if only because the drop is less if there is trouble, and the travel is limited.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

You can get by with a long crow bar, scrap 2 x 4s and fulcrum) two standard size 1000 lb load dolleys (one on each end)and a couple of muscly friends as spotters spot. Lift at the recess on the feet castings. But first:
– remove top frame oscillator and bottom frame form rollers.
– Roll the carriage to the end of the bed and secure it with ratcheting straps. This balances the weight end-to-end when the press is on a ramp.
– Remove the hand crank (loosen set screw and tap out taper pin.

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