Easy CNC Equipment Moving with DIY Machine Skates

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Home shop machinists often run into the problem of trying to move heavy equipment around in their garage. Professionals do this with forklifts and machinery skates.

In this video, I demonstrate some shop-made machine skates being used to maneuver a 5500lb lathe around. The skates are easily made and can transform a heavy machine from being an immovable object to something that one person can push around!

I’ve learned the hard way – pushing things around on round bars, prying with 6′ levers, soaping the concrete, and renting forklifts. When it comes to arranging equipment _inside_ a shop, this is now my favorite way to do it.

It should go without saying, but moving big equipment can kill you if you don’t use your head and think things through. Be safe and enjoy!

A lot of people have asked which bearings to use and where to get parts. I tried to find the best deal on amazon for the parts I used. The links below are all affilate links:

R10 Bearing: http://amzn.to/2huipEb
R10 Bearings 50 pack, enough to make a lot of skates: http://amzn.to/2A1r8sS
Axles (5/8″ W1 Drill Rod): http://amzn.to/2yJBDg6

Ready-made skates:
3300lb skate for $40: http://amzn.to/2hvNxTY
Hilman Rollers 8 ton kit for $1200: http://amzn.to/2hvnJHK


MD Ahmad says:

I want to know your number please

Andrew Wiseman says:

yes i must make some and i like your idea on the jack very good thanks

MySickstring says:

I’ve been stressing about moving a Bridgeport, a surface grinder and a metal lathe into my garage for the last two weeks. You just made my day. Thank you

worldtraveler says:

I'm on it, thanks! I'm sick of rolling around on stupid pipe.

Kanul Riyaz says:

Great job.. what is the total weight of that machine bythe way..

Mike Freedom says:

How you can do that toe jack?

Raymond Balcom says:

Like a close up of your custom bottle jack mod…..the bearings are real slick…!

Adapting Camera says:

You are lucky. At 3:37 https://youtu.be/JDOM7FaEx54?t=214 we can see that if you'd needed to push a bit more at least one corner of the machine would have failed, minimum killing that dog. At 5:23 it looks even worse. Those skates are asking for trouble…

mehdi fallahi says:

linear motion

ashir hashmi says:

How much weight this can lift,?

Span Construction Services says:

Super duper – great video

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