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Old 04-07-2021, 01:44 PM
eugene eugene is offline
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Default how ya unloaded the big cnc

i am few months out from delivery of 5x8 with lath and recoil gantry. the book says need 5000 pound fotklift with 8' forks. wondering how others unloaded their cnc's. comes on flatbed and seems the flatbed recker that used with the stinger 2 is just not the option.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:18 PM
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Congrats on your Panther order, Eugene!

I can't speak from experience, but I'm thinking that the beefy forklift is the way to go for that big machine. I'm guessing that crated, the 5' wide machine with the extended gantry is what's keeping you from doing the roll-back...which is a bummer because that method really works well.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:16 PM
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not many choices for forklifts. in worst case mught have to buy exyension forks and rent forklift. bad way to spdnd thinking 1200 to 1500....
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:24 PM
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Also consider telehandlers/skytracks with forks. You can get the fork extensions for cheap on Amazon or rent them a lot of places. I used a tracked skid steer with forks and Amazon extensions to unload my machine. It's a Stinger IV (Panther predecessor) with extended gantry. It's not quite as big as your new machine 4200lbs but it went great. Not injuries and no damage.
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:06 PM
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what fork exstensions did you buy logan. was looking at some on amazon and coments where not promising. i have a neibor with big tractor so that might be a option.
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:55 PM
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I have the 404 panther and a very steep driveway at that time. I hired a flat bed tow truck. He got down about a third of the way and bottomed out. Crate was unloaded and there I was.
I ended up taking apart the crate except for the bottom. I used my truck as an anchor with a come-along. I put casters on the machine and took apart the remaining crate and slowly got it down the slope. Took 3 of us to wheel it in the shop.

Just moved and it took 6 big movers to push it up to the street and it was a chore. I bought the Camaster casters and it was worth it. Now that itís in my new shop I can move it myself with the casters. Once I get it in the right spot Iíll remove them.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:09 AM
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I had mine shipped to a depot. The depot loaded it on my equipment trailer with their forklift. I uncrated it on the trailer, bolted car dollies to the bottom of the legs using the 3/4 threaded holes in the bottom of the legs and simply rolled it off the trailer into my shop.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:17 AM
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I have the Titan pallet fork extensions.

Double check your neighbors lift capacity and ensure there's an appropriate amount of counterbalance. To have a FEL tractor rated for that much weight it will probably be in the 100hp+ range.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:22 AM
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Double check your neighbors lift capacity and ensure there's an appropriate amount of counterbalance. To have a FEL tractor rated for that much weight it will probably be in the 100hp+ range.
This is really important. Tractor lift capacity up front that high means a major-league, huge farm tractor...and those limits can only be reached with a very large amount of weight on the back of the tractor to counterbalance. This is exactly why capable forklifts are so massive and heavy.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:38 PM
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wondering if bobcat has the mas to work. i have contractor that has fork exstentions for his bobcat.
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