Moving a Boiler

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Salemcoal
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Post Tue. Jan. 29, 2008 5:05 pm

Can any vf 3000 owners give advice on breaking it down for a move. Thanks

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Post Tue. Jan. 29, 2008 8:40 pm

The VF3K weighs in between 900 and 1000# so anything you can remove to make it lighter will help.

As a start, remove all the sheetmetal covers, and remove the hopper and the stoker assy. You may need to take the spring coil off the scraper bar to get that cover off. Remove both doors, they just lift off the hinges.

If you want, you can seperate the boiler itself from the base. There are only 4 bolts that hold it onto the base, and they need not be completely removed. There is a flat fiberglass gasket that seals the boiler to the base, it may or may not come off in one piece.

There is a lifting eye on the top of the boiler that is pretty well centered so if you lift from that it should stay fairly vertical.

Hope this helps.
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Post Tue. Jan. 29, 2008 9:18 pm

Thanks Highlander, have to get it up 7 cellar stairs going to straight to garage where can park the truck. It may require a few more guys than I thought.

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Post Tue. Jan. 29, 2008 10:10 pm

I help move a boiler like that out of my buddies basement last year. We also had to go up about 7-8 steps. Not sure if this will help you out but here is how we did it.

He took everything off that could break off, like the combustion blower and aqua-stats. We then got two furniture moving dolly's with the large wheels on them and strapped them to the boiler nice and tight.

We then cut some old ply wood and lined the steps with it so the dolly will roll easily up the steps. I guess you could use a few 2x6's if you think you can keep the dolly wheels on it. But, plywood worked great for us and we didn't have to worry about the wheels coming off the wood.

We then laid the boiler over with the dolly's supporting it.

We then hooked the winch that is on my Rhino to the boiler and winched it right up the steps.
( you could just use a rope/cable and a truck to pull it or whatever you have)

It took about a half an hour and worked great. No busted backs, knuckles or anything.

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Post Thu. Jan. 31, 2008 4:40 pm

Thanks KTM, I like the idea of plywood on the stairsand dollies underneath the boiler. I then could use a come along attached to my truck at the top of the stairs in the garage.

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Post Thu. Jan. 31, 2008 8:36 pm

Salemcoal wrote:Thanks KTM, I like the idea of plywood on the stairsand dollies underneath the boiler. I then could use a come along attached to my truck at the top of the stairs in the garage.
Thats how I did mine. Make sure you strap the boiler tight to the hand truck or dolly, you don't want any trouble halfway through it.

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