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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    I have seen engine hoists tip over if they are rolling in a slight turn and not on good solid ground... and that's with just an engine hung with a short chain!

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    I have use the beam over garage door opening. To unload a lathe with simple chain hoist.
    The garage door I had to drill holes for chain hoist.
    Most garages have 4 x 12 beam.

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    Pick the plate up in a pickup not a trailer. Put a few pieces of pipe in the bed first. Set the plate on top of the pipe. Strap down well! Build table base, back truck up to base and roll plate onto table base. I agree, 3/4” plate is a totally different animal than 1/4 or 3/8”.

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    i would not use an engine hoist! while moving the hoist, one wheel could get caught or stuck, cause that hoist to move off center and that plate weight shifts towards one wheel and could flip the hoist, narrow wheel base. did that to a friend and dropped the engine and crane sideway on the floor nearly missing him. call a tow truck and let them lift it. neighbor did that when he rebuilt a 100 ton a/c compressor and set it under a 7 foot garage door!
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    I agree they not safe.

    My machine shop only 8' ceiling and could not use forklift inside. I used a engine hoist for few years and almost lost the load a few times. I fix by moving the lathe and mill close door and a long add on fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by duramax-rob View Post
    i would not use an engine hoist! while moving the hoist, one wheel could get caught or stuck, cause that hoist to move off center and that plate weight shifts towards one wheel and could flip the hoist, narrow wheel base. did that to a friend and dropped the engine and crane sideway on the floor nearly missing him. call a tow truck and let them lift it. neighbor did that when he rebuilt a 100 ton a/c compressor and set it under a 7 foot garage door!
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    Boy, talk about beatin' a dead horse!! 55 posts to get this done??
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    Not the OP’s fault. Just too many of us opinionated SOBs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    Boy, talk about beatin' a dead horse!! 55 posts to get this done??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Not the OP’s fault. Just too many of us opinionated SOBs.
    I was in no way pointing a finger at the OP. At least he now has a choice of 55 different ways to do it, LOL!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    Boy, talk about beatin' a dead horse!! 55 posts to get this done??
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    Not done yet... still plenty of ways to move plate... do it like they built the pyramids and around here you can get plenty of cheap forktrucks that fit under 7 foot ceilings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Not done yet... still plenty of ways to move plate... do it like they built the pyramids and around here you can get plenty of cheap forktrucks that fit under 7 foot ceilings.
    like mine with a free lift mast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    Boy, talk about beatin' a dead horse!! 55 posts to get this done??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    like mine with a free lift mast.

    Yep... show off

    Last time I was at one of the used truck dealers up north he had 3 little toyotas I think... that had even shorter masts than yours, made for going in semi trailers and doublestacking... very handy little guys... only downside was they wouldn't go to 12 foot like my H80 or the H160. And I could get one for 2200-2500 buxs easy

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    We used to have a 3000# propane Yale with free lift mast that was great for double stacking in van trailers.

    Wish I still had it. Only setup better for in the shop would be an electric reach truck.
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    I'm not opinionated, I just have my own ideas!
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    My dorklift only has 1000 lb capacity

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    LOL!!!! Everyone needs one

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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    just because...

    weld lifting ring onto each corner then ya can use a couple Hi-Lift jacks to lift one end and slide your table frame under it then hook a come along to opposite end of frame and opposite end of plate now set the one end down on frame and move jacks to other end of plate lift it up and use come along to slide plate onto frame... back in the day that was how I loaded Miller big 20 onto trailer frame after it ended up on the ground and had no lift available...

    you could also make a receiver hitch attachment for your vehicle, with a piece of angle iron welded to a receiver tube horizontally with the angle in vertical position , and a gusseted vertical 2x2x1/4 tube 3' tall weld a ring at top or cut a hole to place come along hook into, jack end of plate up and set on angle iron, attach come along to other end of plate and start cranking the plate will be lifted straight vertical if ya want then back up to frame and lowwer it onto it... if ya added some ring bolts to front of truck bed to run guy lines to from top of the "mast" it would be more stable... poor mans fork lift

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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.
    His plate weighs 1088 pounds. 4 men might be able to pick it up, but they wont carry it very far or set it up on a frame.
    For my 350 pound 4x4 1/2” plate for my welding table, I used straps. One strap for two sides and another for the other two sides. I used 2x4 blocks to raise the plate so the straps would go under, I lifted the plate with the hoist and set it on more 2x4 blocks on top of my frame to get the straps off then removed the 2x4s. I was reluctant to trust a magnet. and too cheap to buy a $350 clamp.
    Welding rings strong enough to hold the plate will make the plate warp.
    But you could drill holes and bolt the rings on if you don’t mind a hole in your plate.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey.penfield View Post
    His plate weighs 1088 pounds. 4 men might be able to pick it up, but they wont carry it very far or set it up on a frame.
    For my 350 pound 4x4 1/2” plate for my welding table, I used straps. One strap for two sides and another for the other two sides. I used 2x4 blocks to raise the plate so the straps would go under, I lifted the plate with the hoist and set it on more 2x4 blocks on top of my frame to get the straps off then removed the 2x4s. I was reluctant to trust a magnet. and too cheap to buy a $350 clamp.
    Welding rings strong enough to hold the plate will make the plate warp.
    But you could drill holes and bolt the rings on if you don’t mind a hole in your plate.



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    You could also drill holes in the side of the plate since it's 3/4 inch you could do a1/2 hole if you were really precise... But a 5/16 in each corner would be more than strong enough especially if you use grade 8 bolts as pins or go to the work of tapping the holes

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    I would just drill holes vertically in each corner for lifting lugs.

    Leave the holes and let everyone think you are smart and purposely drilled them for clamps or fixtures. *

    *Results may vary.
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    One other way to do is with a vacuum lifter... better than magnets when dealing with stacked sheets and not too hard or complicated to make your own vacuum pods for the actual lift areas. Like one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    I was in no way pointing a finger at the OP. At least he now has a choice of 55 different ways to do it, LOL!!
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    Re: Best Way to Move Heavy Plate

    Hi Guys,

    So my plate clamp came in today! What a freaking BEAST. I'm sure this will help save my back with all the plate I move (typically 1/4" and under 4'x8'). I'm also planning on picking up a couple heavy duty rigging eye-bolts in case I need them. Any suggestions on type? Do I need a swivel head or is a fixed head ok? Maybe tractor supply has some on hand?

    It'll be a pain to drill a 1/2" hole (slightly smaller) in 3/4" plate with a hand drill, but I have a good tap and die set I can use to make threads. It looks like the road plate option is out since they're 2 hours away and not 30 minutes like they advertised . I don't want to drive all that way to find out you guys are right and the plate is beat to sh$@. New plate for $560 is expensive but probably what I'm going with.

    Also looking for advice on rigging chains, straps, etc. to attach to a hoist. I don't mean to beat a dead horse but I'm in my 20s and still learning... Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldCrazyDude View Post
    Hi Guys,

    So my plate clamp came in today! What a freaking BEAST. I!

    . I know right?
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