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    Default Can a skill rigger get a 98"H VMC in a 94"H opening?

    Shopping for VMCs and trying to figure out if it is possible to get the machine I want through the door. Could a skilled rigger get a 98" high machine through a 94" door by tilting it? Or am I looking at smaller machines or major renovations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agfrvf View Post
    Shopping for VMCs and trying to figure out if it is possible to get the machine I want through the door. Could a skilled rigger get a 98" high machine through a 94" door by tilting it? Or am I looking at smaller machines or major renovations?
    If they have any skill, yes most definitely. Might not like the price though, if you are talking garage or whatnot in a residential area...

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    I was guessing 1500 to 2000 with a possible 1000 pita tax for rigging

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    Take it apart. Much easier to pull the Z axis motor or tool changer and put it in without tilting.

    What machine is it?

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    I think couch may have the right idea. I found a thread where someone with a similar machine did it.

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    As long as there is enough room outside to get a straight run at it....

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    As MT factory reps we did similar many times in 2012, over 60+ machines per year.

    Removing z motor, cable chain, usually got about 20 cm / 8".

    Likewise, increasing clearance by 8" is usually quite easy, cheap, and fast, even if renting.
    A rented industrial contractors diamond saw will typically easily and cleanly chop off a lentil or top edge, or a bottom ledge, in about an hour.

    (removed detail and anecdotes).

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    I pay extra for details and anecdotes.

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    The answer is so dependent upon the details.

    What machine?

    What opening?

    I can get an extra inch taking the right meds.

    An extra couple if I take the door jam off first.

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    I've been rigging for over 25 years. I've put things into places everybody else said wouldn't fit, but I don't think I'd take that job. It's not real easy to tilt a VMC, they have a very narrow base and can turn over easy, and you also usually have all that sheet metal to deal with. Also, depending on the machine design, it can actually be taller by tilting it. As has already been said, we've removed the motor on a bunch of them to decrease the height.

    All that being said, a lot of things are possible if you throw enough money at it. I've told this to people who want to sometimes get a big machine through a small opening. At the end of the day though, it's usually cheaper to modify the doorway than to try to contort the machine to fit though a doorway too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    If they have any skill, yes most definitely. Might not like the price though, if you are talking garage or whatnot in a residential area...

    I would like the youtube link when done.

    May want to make sure that scrap [price] is up before hand....




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