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  • Removing the table...ALONE

    Anybody do this alone? I'm guessing that unhooking the counter balance springs is the easiest way ?
    I never had a "10" ;..but ,one night after closing,..I did five " 2's" !

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    Re: Removing the table...ALONE

    Yea, you'll need to have them buggers off before the table gets unbolted or... SPROING!!... spectacular.

    Grab some roller body halves and set the table on it, take the springs off, take the stabilizer rods off, and either take the table leg bolts out or casting bolts, depending on what youre doing.

    I advise never taking the table out, however, just on general principal. Nothing good ever came of hard work. Except that one time.
    The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.

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    • #3
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      Instead of roller bodies. I use a 4-wheel cart. Set the table down on it. That way when it's unbolted. It's a easy task rolling it out from under the machine.

      Not all that complicated, Actually fairly easy.
      Even a old dog can bury a bone

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      • #4
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        springs off and then lower table on to box or cart as old school mechanic says , disconnect spot/respot rods and support legs from table and take it away.
        maister

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        • #5
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          I use a crappy old pumpkin carpet to wind the table down onto, one thats gone nice and stiff!!

          Probably the best use for the pumkin carpet!! [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

          Its the carrying the table back to the workshop alone that kills me!
          I'm Brian and so is my wife.......

          http://www.badassbowling.com

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          • #6
            Re: Removing the table...ALONE

            I am actually in the process of rebuilding all my tables. And I can remove them by myself with the springs on. Just hold onto the torque tube and let it up slow when you get the last bolt out. Now putting it back in with the springs on is a bitch, and I can't do it.

            I also use a 4 wheel cart to get the table out and roll it to the back.

            Mike
            Mike

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            • #7
              Re: Removing the table...ALONE

              4 wheel cart with swivel casters on all four wheels.

              Cake
              Pinspotters do not break down when they are not running!

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              • #8
                Re: Removing the table...ALONE

                First of all, remember: If you're pulling the table to do something quick and putting it back in, You won't have to flag it if you disconnect it at the leg bearings (provided it was in the correct position to start with).

                18 years ago I built a 6-caster dolly just for the table. It measures about 2-1/2' x 3', with 4 small casters placed so that when the two rear ones are rolled onto the 7 and 10 spots, the dolly is in the right position.
                Then on the rear edge there are two larger "transport" casters, in line, so that when the dolly is stood up onto these casters, it will roll in the vertical position to wherever you want to go.
                The table is lowered onto the dolly and rolled out onto the lane. The table is slid toward the front so that it will clear the rear. The two front leg-to-casting bolts are replaced with longer ones that secure the table to the dolly. Stand it up and roll it away!
                Bring in the new table assembly the same way and reverse the procedure. Piece of Cake!

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                • #9
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                  BowlEquip, sounds like a sweet cart! [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif[/img]
                  Pinspotters do not break down when they are not running!

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                  • #10
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                    Thanks, Mike. It really is. But it's constructed of 2x4's and a bit heavy. I'm thinking of re-doing it, using light gauge UniStrut Channels.
                    I love UniStrut!! The universal construction material!!
                    Also made a couple of back end dollies from strut channels. These hold and transport pre-assembled back end units (less pinwheels and motors)with their rear kickback edges down, so they can be rolled behind the machines to where they're needed, then dropped down into position.
                    Standing on its back, the back end takes up only 3 feet of space, so I store the two units against the back wall.
                    Great for re-installation projects!

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                    • #11
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                      i just replace a boroken table rocker arm today... took the table out on my own as well..... what special tool did i use fr this job? a skateboard with rubber wheels so it doesnt mark the lane.... you can wheel the table,yoke, cups and finger cells all the way to the workshop alone also! dont listen to rob about carrying it... he has a bad back.... point proved!haha

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                      • #12
                        Re: Removing the table...ALONE

                        Is there an easy way to remove and reinstall those stabilizer springs?

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                        • #13
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                          Do it when the table is up!
                          You can take off the cat walks on either side to help you. Get a spring pull and just pull them on. Not hard at all.

                          Years ago, I remember one specific head tech telling me to put the spring on while the table was down. Now that was hard!! and utterly ridiculous. There is always an easy way to do everything! The key is just finding it!!! [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
                          Bring me the freshest "Mean Green" known to man! Juice on!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Removing the table...ALONE

                            Thanks. I hadn't thought of taking the catwalks off. I'll have to try that. An air ratchet would make quick work of all the bolts.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Removing the table...ALONE

                              With the table up, you can stand behind in the pit an use a regular spring puller (the bailing hook looking puller) to remove and replace the springs, somewhat easily too... No need to remove the catwalks, although that will clear up your visibility a bit...

                              JMO...

                              Chris
                              Machines are better than people... I can fix a machine...

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