Sorry you feel that way.
All I said was that I was glad I did not move my machines without professional riggers.
The analogy I used is to say; to get the entire high-performance thing built only to have someone who has a great chance of destroying it handle it in the end procedure. Real riggers know WAY more than you do about loads. Sorry if your delicate ego got hurt. My question to you still stands! And this conversation is more about YOU than anything.
Go get 'em Joe!
Looking at your post history it appears you have a half dozen old Hardinge lathes? Is that accurate?
If that's the case that strikes me as a very small level of rigger interaction to form and broadcast a stern opinion about riggers and how other's handle the situation. It's fine to pay riggers. It's a real asshole move to tell others they're incompetent because they do it themselves.
I have hired riggers to move a dozen or more machines over the past 20 years. I have moved 40 times that number of machines myself. 30 tons is my upper limit. At one point, I wrote up my own business plan for starting a full time rigging company because I was doing it so much for profit. The employees I would need made it not pencil out for a fulltime gig at the level of work I was doing.
I have interacted with riggers extensively. Technically I am a professional rigger. I have all the same equipment and play in the same arena. I just don't have fulltime employees.
I know two real good riggers. Guys that know their shit and make the job look easy. Small companies. Always busy. All the bigger outfits are hit and miss and I know why- Because good employees are hard to find and even good ones make mistakes, destroy machines and must be let go or your insurance will let you go. It happens all the time.
Paying for rigging doesn't make you better or smarter than anyone else. It just means you like to play it safe.