Today all of our presses made the trip down the road to our new work space! It is quite a process to move one press, let alone three. Luckily we have people with the brains and the equipment to get the job done!
The presses were transported one at a time on the back of a flatbed pickup truck. The mile long trip down the gravel road didn’t take much time, but it is the loading and unloading that keep us all on edge. Remember, we’re talking 2000 lb. hunks of cast iron machinery here.
Loading them up for their journey required a forklift, which we have on site. How convenient! There is no forklift to be seen, however, at the unloading site. So, we used a tractor with a loader.
Tractors weren’t designed to transport printing presses. At least I don’t think that is what they had in mind. But we made it work.
This is when you hope that my brother, who is behind the controls of this monster machine, doesn’t accidentally hit the wrong lever and drop the press on the ground.
Luckily he didn’t.
Easy does it.
This is the universal signal for “a little to the left!”
Once we had the press on the ground just inside the barn we took it the rest of the way on a pallet jack. Getting it off the pallet jack onto the floor is a whole other story. It involves putting wooden blocks underneath the press and lots of phrases like “Carrie, will you stand on the corner here and balance the press so it doesn’t tip over?” True story.
Everything made it inside safe and sound, but I can’t take you in just yet! We still have a lot of work to do before we’re ready to actually start using our new space. But, take a look at the beautiful doors! These doors originally came from the old farmhouse that used to be right here next to this barn. It is the house that our family used to live in, up until I was about 6 years old, before my parents built the house that they live in now. I remember these doors as the ones that separated the kitchen from the dining room. They have fancy glass knobs, and they have been waiting up in the loft of the barn for the last couple of decades. I’m glad we get to use them.