What's the best way to get a pinball up a flight of stairs?
Well I use a hand truck but I keep the coin door open and am able to get a better grip on the wood frame of the pin, never bounce the steps going down just hold back and go easy.
Have some other people carry it ... LOL
Seriously though I have found just sliding it on a cloth sheet to work well. If you need to turn a corner just lift it on the the end with the backglass (you tied or wrapped that down of course). Then spin it, lay it back down, and continue. I have my favorite two machines upstairs in my own private little den/bedroom. The CV and the TZ.
You can take your time and just move it a few inches in spurts. It's easier that trying to lift it in the air or use a wheeled truck.
If you have a balcony you could rent one of those cherry pickers and bring it in thru the outside.
I have stairs and ran 5 machines up and down. All you need is 4 guys and a case of beer.
have the legs off, backbox down, and something ready upstairs to put the machine down on so your friends can rest and put the legs on it. Have every man on the corner making the machine 50 ibs to everyone and go one step at a time counting off, it should take 30 secs up there if that. Plug and play and crack open some beers
First guy I bought a pin from had one of these: stair climbing hand truck - thing is no joke
That thing looks handy. Can probably rent one from Lowes or Home Depot. I place my pins on Sawhorses when I remove the legs.
Yes, half a dozen machines up and down narrow flight of 17 stairs. Two BIG guys or 3 regular sized people and a dolly. Stair climbing dollies rock, but we just have a regular old appliance dolly.
I got my pin up by having me and 3 others 2 on each side walk it up. With four guys it is not that difficult if you have a wide enough stair case. Make sure you have something at the top of the stairs you can rest the machine on for a while so you can get the legs on I used a dog kennel and it worked like a charm.
Donnyman and I did the exact same thing and worked out well for both of us.
I've been using a normal home depot appliance dolly for a while now and it has served me well. 2 people can move a pin up or down stairs fairly easily. Just take your time and use the rubber things on the back to ease it down/up the stair.
As noted, some people use a blanket and slide it, this also works well. But can be a bit more tricky if things go wrong. I like a dolly because you can strap the pin to it.
If you are one of those rich person types, get the escalara stair climber thing...
All my pins are up stairs. My friends love it when i get a new pin but they know another trip upstairs is ahead of them. You can do it with 2 strong ppl but i tend to use 3. 2 to carry each end the third to make sure its balanced coming up. I like to leave the legs on. it helps if the person on the other end needs to set it down for a couple seconds.
For clearance issues, I'll have to let down the backbox, and dolly it up vertically! Any precautions?
Strap method! Bolt a heavy duty strap into each side where you bolt the legs into. One guy on each side, then slide the pin up the stairs. It literally took me and my best friend literally 90 seconds to move a STTNG up a full flight of stairs. My wife and I moved the WH2O down the stairs with the same method by ourselves. Piece of cake.
Just don't get too many machines, keep in mind when you move you will all of a sudden have no friends!
Make sure the backglass is locked in place before folding down the backbox. Put a towel or something over the glass covering the playfield, the side rails can get bent where the top of the backbox rests on them when folded down. I don't know how, but someone did on one of my games. The fat lady maybe sat on it.
Remove the balls before moving, and make sure the hand truck is longer than the cabinet. The amount of leverage the guy on top gets makes it easy with two people. Superpin or widebody, better have 3. Unless you have the anti-grav device, hey BD they had anti-grav sleds didn't they? That sounds more like the blanket on the steps trick.
Take off the legs, back box (yes, take all the plugs out), the glass plate and the playfield. Take all pieces up the stairs and reassemble the machine again. It will take a while but it works perfect.
I use this method for almost 20 years and transported dozens of pinballs up and down the stairs.
Good luck and if you want any extra information let me know.
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