While surffing craigs list recently I found an add for a horazontal mill. After looking at the pictures it was an old line shaft mill that had been converted to electric drive. The seller said it powered up and worked so I stopped by last nite and took a look at it while out on a rare date with Mrs Moleman. Who says I don't know how to show a lady a good time. It was a turn of the century E.E. Garvin & Co. No.3 horizontal mill with a 8"x36" table, power feed, a vise, and about 20 cutters. It seemed to work although it is very dirty and grimey. The best thing was the price....$100 And the Mrs said I should get it so it doesn't get sold for scrap.
SOOOO, today I got a trailer and some tools and gave a shot a moving it. I used a 2 ton engine hoist to remove the electric motor and transmission mounted on top of the mill first, Then lifted the mill and sat it on the hoist legs while moving it to the trailer. At the trailer we pushed it in as far as it would go and rolled it on pipes (which ViperDude reminded me to take and I would of been S.O.L. without) until it was in position. I had it sitting on a sheet of plywood that was screwed to the trailer deck, and had boards screwed around the base of the mill to keep it from sliding. Then I put eight or nine ratchet straps all around the mill to stablize it. I have no idea what the mill weighs, but the minivan didn't like towing it and I was "that idiot" driving 45-50mph down the expressway today. Back home removed it the opposite of putting it in. I'll need to go through it, clean it up and put it back together and eventually paint it, but for $100 with tooling I figured I couldn't go wrong.