I just acquired a used Lagun 250 CNC mill with a Dynapath Delta 10 controller for a song... too good a deal to pass up, although I have been scrambling to pay for everything else this week... it's never the the days when you have extra cash something comes along, it's always when you're already up to your eyeballs in upcoming expenses.
Anyway, I need to store it in my garage (appropriately oiled and under a plastic tarp) for a month or two until my shop space is empty (my other, attached garage) and ready to use as a machine shop.
But I am not sure how to get it into the garage. I have the headspace inside, but the door is only 7 feet high. The mill is about 14 inches taller than that.
Here's a pic of the same model mill.
The arrows point to the two areas that look like they could be disassembled.. the green arrow points to a set of socket head cap screws that attach the variable speed gearing, motor, and power drawbar stuff to the quill.
The red arrow points to the spot where the whole head connects to the "arm" which seems to be a set of half inch bolts that circle the flange of the casting.
Taking it apart at the lower "arm" point looks to be the least complicated machinery wise. If I remove the stuff at the green arrow I also have to pull the servo off. In comparison I don't think there are any mechanical connections at the arm/head joint, just wiring and oil and air lines going to the head.
I'd use a small crane I have to hold the head up with web straps, then I'd disconnect the wiring and tubing going up and lower the head to the table where it would sit on wood blocks for now.
Alternatively, I could use the crane to tip the entire mill forward or backward to sit on a metal frame (I can weld something up). I do have a pair of 1 ton dollys the whole thing could ride on, in which case I then push it into the garage.
What should I do? I need to get this thing out of the (potential) weather and into the garage so I can go back to getting the shop ready.