Great forum and great advice from everyone. Thanks to your help, I've decided to buy an AR8 Pro. The problem I have is getting the rig into my step down basement workshop. It's about a dozen steps. It looks like I can take things down in pieces, but the main table and gantry look pretty heavy. Once in the shop, I have a winch that can get it up on the stand. Do you think it would be OK to mount it on one of those appliance dollies and take it down the stairs that way? It would require turning it on it's side, with the deck against the dolly and the gantry out front. It would be even better if the gantry could be removed, but it looks like that would create a lot of alignment issues, even if possible. I don't know anyone to help, and would hate to risk it with a stranger that calls himself a mover if I could do it myself. Thanks.
Best way to do it: Hire a local (reputable and insured) moving company. I gave them dimensions, weight and a picture and, in the end, spent $175 to have my AR8 Elite moved. Once downstairs, they also set it on the stand I had assembled the night before...... Done!
I'd side with hiring movers to help with that too. There's simply too much risk involved to take a chance on damaging something like that. If it helps, I've used a company called A1 Auto Transport to help me move a safe into my basement. They did it for cheap and they were nice enough to move it around a couple times until we found a spot that it fit appropriately.
I'd hire a mover to do it as well. I doubt it would cost too much since it's not that big of a job and doesn't involve any driving on their part. They'll probably charge you for an hour of labor but I would guess any decent mover worth their salt would do it for $100 or less.
Last Edit: May 15, 2021 12:12:07 GMT -5 by mingler
I'm a "do it yourself" kinda guy; I ended up purchasing an engine crane and used that to do most of the moving. Obviously, I didn't have stairs involved.
For your situation, even considering my DIY preference, I would definitely agree to hire help to move it and get it properly installed; I think you'll be happy with your decision once it's been safely setup in your preferred location.