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    Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to build a welding table out of 3/4" plate. The biggest issue is I've typically move most of my plate by hand but this is a bit too heavy for that. I'm looking at buying an engine hoist and some kind of rigging method to move the plate around. In my research thus far, I've seen plate clamps and plate magnets as the preferred choice. My concern with plate clamps is some people have said when you go to set the plate down horizontally it reduces the weight the clamp feels and can cause it to release. I've heard maybe there are some locking ones out there? Any suggestions on good locking plate clamps? My concern with plate magnets is I normally buy multiple pieces of steel at a time and don't have an efficient way to separate them and grab one at a time. Let me know your thoughts!

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    I often use an engine hoist and just hook the chain hooks on the edge of the plate.

    If outside I use the tractor and home made forks, or the chain method.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Forklift is best way I found.

    But did not have a forklift I used over hoist with chain. You also weld lifting rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to build a welding table out of 3/4" plate. The biggest issue is I've typically move most of my plate by hand but this is a bit too heavy for that. I'm looking at buying an engine hoist and some kind of rigging method to move the plate around. In my research thus far, I've seen plate clamps and plate magnets as the preferred choice. My concern with plate clamps is some people have said when you go to set the plate down horizontally it reduces the weight the clamp feels and can cause it to release. I've heard maybe there are some locking ones out there? Any suggestions on good locking plate clamps? My concern with plate magnets is I normally buy multiple pieces of steel at a time and don't have an efficient way to separate them and grab one at a time. Let me know your thoughts!
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Properly sized chain hooks from the sides if you don't have a forklift truck.

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    In the shop, I use these two things.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Is this one time deal or are you planning for the future? How are you transporting it? If in a truck bed. The slide/roll it onto built table base from the bed.

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Selecting the right equipment depends on the dimensions and total weight of the plate, not the thickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    Is this one time deal or are you planning for the future? How are you transporting it? If in a truck bed. The slide/roll it onto built table base from the bed.
    ^^^^^These are important things to know. In addition to overall plate dimensions.

    Forklifts and/or locking plate clamps as mentioned would be best and safest ...



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    The other is drag off the truck on to 4x4's and work on plate where lays
    Simple to do will make a lot of noise too. I would not drop on to asphalt or concrete it will make big mark.

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    That'll gitter done Timmy

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    Man for what your talking a forklift is so far ahead nothing else even comes close, especially if coupled with magnets and or clamps. And the thing with forklifts is theres tons of them out there and you can get a decent one for just a couple grand. Didn't say a great one but a ok one for the weekend warrior.

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Thanks for the replies. This would be a 4' x 8' sheet of 3/4" plate I'd be moving. I would be hauling it in a small utility trailer I have. I already move a fair bit of 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" (4' x 8' and 5'x10') plate so it would be nice to have a an efficient way to move plate for the future as well. Any particular brand of locking plate clamp I should look for? I'm not fortunate enough to be able to afford a forklift, overhead crane, tractor, skidsteer, etc.

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Thanks for the replies. This would be a 4' x 8' sheet of 3/4" plate I'd be moving. I would be hauling it in a small utility trailer I have. I already move a fair bit of 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" (4' x 8' and 5'x10') plate so it would be nice to have a an efficient way to move plate for the future as well. Any particular brand of locking plate clamp I should look for? I'm not fortunate enough to be able to afford a forklift, overhead crane, tractor, skidsteer, etc.
    Look on ebay, there are tons on there. Most are pricey but I bought one a couple years ago in excellent condition for around $5. Literally nobody bid against me. That usually doesn't happen but you can get deals on used ones sometimes. Even if you don't have a fork truck a clamp is still super handy if you tie a rope to the handle and pull those sheets. Works awesome. Mind you to move the 3/4 your still going to have to put some pipe or something under it but the clamp with a rope would help immensely.

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    Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    This is the 2000 kg one in my pic in post #8

    https://www.lifting365.com/category/...l-Plate-Clamps

    I sold it to a local welding shop that was looking for one a few years back as I hardly used it. Excellent quality though.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    You will find 3/4" plate is not same as 1/4" or 3/8' plate.

    I can move 1/4" or 3/8' plate but 3/4" it will stay where lay till is cut up.

    What are you doing with plate???

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Thanks for the replies. This would be a 4' x 8' sheet of 3/4" plate I'd be moving. I would be hauling it in a small utility trailer I have. I already move a fair bit of 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" (4' x 8' and 5'x10') plate so it would be nice to have a an efficient way to move plate for the future as well. Any particular brand of locking plate clamp I should look for? I'm not fortunate enough to be able to afford a forklift, overhead crane, tractor, skidsteer, etc.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    How about cranking nylon hold down straps down on each end of the 4 X 8 plate, buy two short 1' x 3' 1200 lb Liftall slings and slide them under the tie down straps, stick a long piece of pipe through each of the short slings eyes so you and three of your buddies can pick up the plate and carry it away.
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    When they load it it's best to have 2x4 or 4x4's to set it on. You could use a floor jack to raise plate to remove lumber and replace with pipe rollers. Old tires are great to drop the plate on. A plate clamp is great and welding lifting eyes on works too as long as you are confident in your welding.
    If you don't want to weld to the plate , Get a piece of angle to set on top of the plate, and another angle or tube for the bottom. Drill or burn holes in them at the plate edge for thru bolting to sandwich the plate in between. Then use the plate clamp on the angle to lift plate flat. A plate clamp is great for pulling steel from a rack too.
    My overhead electric hoist makes lots of lifting easy.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Just tack some lugs on it and lift it with the cherry picker. I've been known to use big washers with a flat cut on one side as a poor man's pad eye. It doesn't take much weld on one side, and you just whack it with a hammer opposite the weld to pop it off. 3 sec buff job with the grinder and move on with life.

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    If you not have to move plate must. Like You do not have to flip over plate.

    Work on plate where lays to load use winch or a come along on to a low trailer.

    I have move machine tools weighing over 8,000 pounds by my self. Also work and load beams 40 foot long over 2,000 pounds. The steel beams came by truck and drop off beam work. then work where it lay including painting all sides. Then winch on to tractor trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtermini View Post
    Just tack some lugs on it and lift it with the cherry picker. I've been known to use big washers with a flat cut on one side as a poor man's pad eye. It doesn't take much weld on one side, and you just whack it with a hammer opposite the weld to pop it off. 3 sec buff job with the grinder and move on with life.
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Build the table frame. Put the frame on your trailer. Take the whole thing to the steel yard. Have the guy at steel yard set the plate on the top of your frame. Clamp it. Take it home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    How about cranking nylon hold down straps down on each end of the 4 X 8 plate, buy two short 1' x 3' 1200 lb Liftall slings and slide them under the tie down straps, stick a long piece of pipe through each of the short slings eyes so you and three of your buddies can pick up the plate and carry it away.
    The plate he's talking about will be right at 1,000lbs. Four guys might be able to lift that, but it wouldn't really be smart from a back/joint standpoint!
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    Steel comes in at about 490 lbs per cubic foot if that helps anyone, I've seen cam type plate clamps, super heavy duty c clamps, electromagnets and regular magnets used to move plate, I'v also seen nylon slings, cable chokers and chains used, welded D rings and threaded Eye bolts, all these are great, especially when you have a crane or cherry picker of some kind.
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