A couple weeks ago a buddy of mine called and told me he was moving. I needed to come get anything I wanted that he wasn't taking with him. I almost wish I hadn't. He had an old Columbian bench vise that I have used as few times when working on projects at his house/shop. Probably the first time was over 20 years ago. He said I had to take the bench it was bolted to if I took the vise. Oh, and I couldn't empty the box drawers either. I had to take everything in them too.
I almost said forget it, but then I started looking through them. One was chock full of pullies. Another was full of bearing blocks. Misc tools were scattered through out, and there was even a couple lead ingots (bricks) in one of the drawers.
What does this have to do with Hurco you might ask. Well, the work bench has a solid steel top made out of 1/4 inch plate. It will make a dandy welding bench.
Still not sure what this has to do with Hurco? Bear with me. I'm getting there.
My Hurco KMB1 and my RF-30 mill were sitting in the perfect location in the shop for a welding bench. They were right next to my wire feed welder and the dedicated 50 amp circuit I have there for the welder.
The RF-30 was no big deal. I could move it by putting a shoulder against it and walking it out. I can even leave it setting in the middle of the room while I figure out a new place for it. The Hurco was a whole different story. Its about 4000 lbs, and its big. Moving it is work, and leaving it in the middle of the room is not an option.
I had a spot that it almost went when I first unloaded it, but I had a shop fridge and a communication rack sitting there.
The rack and the fridge were intended to go in a communication room under my shop stairs, but I never got around to finishing out the room.
So... I drywalled and mudded after work that week.
Then I had my kid primer and paint it after school this last week. Saturday we installed cove base moved all the cabling strung out all over and moved the communication rack into the closet. Then we cleaned up the rack and cabling. Got cables off the floor and routed into the room through chases I installed a year ago (um... er... or longer), and got everything working again. Network, phone, video, etc. Moving the fridge was a matter of minutes. The longest thing was rerouting the water line for the ice maker through the chase I had installed through the wall.
Today we moved the mills and set the bench in place. I used a chain and my tractor to pull the big mill around, and then a board and the tractor to push it close to position. The last 5 or 6 feet we still had to do by hand with a 6 foot prybar. The kid and I took turns moving about 1 inch at a time, but now the Hurco is finally in its permanent home, or atleast within a few inches.
I like this location a lot better, and like I said its where I originally wanted to put it anyway. I'll have a lot more to room to work around it and to work on it in this location. Maybe I can do some actual work on it to post in my build thread.
Bob La Londe
I still have a trailer full of box drawers to get set back under that bench if I plan to put them there. On of those boxes was full of 75 and 100 pound drawer slides. I am considering adding some additional legs to the bench so I can level it perfectly and using some of those drawer slides to get rid of the slide under box drawer things.
I still haven't figured out where to put the RF-30, but I do have an idea or two.
Bob La Londe