I see lots of tempting adds for pinball machines near enough to me to easily drive to pick-up. I work from home with a flexible schedule, so can usually leave at the drop of a hat if needed. My problem is I have no one to call to assist to lug a new machine from a seller's home and into my basement workshop. None of my neighbors are home during the week, or folks I'd be comfortable asking to assist.
Here's my current thought process:
At home, not much issue. Up and down the ~6 step concrete bulkhead to my basement workshop, eased down on a plywood sled using a carabiner & climbing rope; or pulled up/out with a come-along, both lashed to a conveniently located tree. A furniture or appliance dolly would assist to get it too and from my Jeep pretty easily.
My primary worries:
1. Solo-hoisting a 250 lb beast into and then out of my Jeep. Yes, leaning and lifting lets the Jeep carry some of the weight, but still a HEAVY lift and push/pull. A similar carabiner/come-along approach using that sled might work here too, attached somehow to the rear door frame/latches (?)
2. Most concerning would be removing a machine from a sellers home with more steps, or a less accessible situation than mine. There is no way could imagine doing this solo. I called my local rental place & uhaul; they do not have a stair climbing dolly (would be perfect); they only have appliance dollies.
3. I'm sure I am missing other concerns.
Have you ever moved a pinball machine solo? Any advice, short of hiring a moving company or one of their burly guys?
I once hired 2 guys who work for a PODS type company, $40 apiece to empty nearly the full contents of my 2nd floor my house into the pod. Best money ever spent. They hustled and got the job done with no issue or damage. Unfortunately, I cannot image getting these guys to drive with me and assist on very short notice, but you never know.