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    Default Magnetic chuck strength?

    I bought a 12" x 12" x 6" Suburban compound magnetic sine plate, weighs around 200 + lbs.?
    My question, can I use the magnet to hold a steel plate with a swivel eyebolt to be able to pick this up, and what size plate?

    What do you guy's use to move these around the shop?

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Kevin

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    I always just slid it onto a diecart that had a plexiglass sheet on it to move it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianamoon View Post
    I always just slid it onto a diecart that had a plexiglass sheet on it to move it.
    I should have said, this is going on a surface grinder.....I would rather use an overhead method, that's why the question on the magnet strength?

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    I picked this sine plate up yesterday, I used a 6" square plate with an eyebolt, the force of the magnet was enough for lifting!

    Thanks for the replies.....

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    See you got it sorted. One thing we used to do when lifitng questionable size plates with a magnet was to lift it 1/2-1" high and give it a couple wacks with a deadblow, if it held it was good.

    One thing that might be captain obvious is never get any body parts under what you are lifting (even if you are *sure* it is solid)!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    See you got it sorted. One thing we used to do when lifitng questionable size plates with a magnet was to lift it 1/2-1" high and give it a couple wacks with a deadblow, if it held it was good.

    One thing that might be captain obvious is never get any body parts under what you are lifting (even if you are *sure* it is solid)!!
    Yeah, that's what we did.....we also only raised it high enough to transport, then raised it to where it was needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    See you got it sorted. One thing we used to do when lifitng questionable size plates with a magnet was to lift it 1/2-1" high and give it a couple wacks with a deadblow, if it held it was good.
    -Shock test w/dead-blow and minimal air gap is my last test before going further. I also use a magic marker to make pairs of alignment marks on mating components. The magnet may not let go but does it allow things to side? Just a suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AD Design View Post
    -Shock test w/dead-blow and minimal air gap is my last test before going further. I also use a magic marker to make pairs of alignment marks on mating components. The magnet may not let go but does it allow things to side? Just a suggestion.
    I will keep that in mind next time I need to move it, it didn't look like it shifted?

    Also, I'm going to call Suburban and try and get a manual/parts diagram and will ask about mag strength, maybe see what they recommend for moving the plate?

    Thanks again for the replies!

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsg View Post
    I will keep that in mind next time I need to move it, it didn't look like it shifted?
    "For future reference.." Various plastic or bamboo, not take-away softwood Chopsticks. Bamboo skewers from the BBQ and kebab stash in the kitchen cupboard.

    Fair reliable at being non-magnetic, not easily split nor crushed. Handy sizes for enough height to get straps under it and secure them safely for a move.

    Sticks again at set-down location for clearing to get straps out and off.

    And then. Yer magnet lift - or pry lever - to get the sticks out is a very low gap so IF sumthin' DOES drop? It ain't ever by very much.

    I'm sure we all do similar stuff all the time with metal, plastic, scrap plywood, etc.

    I just happen to live in houses with more spare chopsticks and bamboo slivers than the average "Gweilo!" ....and find them HANDY, so stash a few in the shop tool-drawer.

    Kinda cheating to put greasy ones back in the Kitchen anyway!



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