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Skutt GM1014 - Can Handles Be Used to Lift?

Postby Mike Jordan » Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:15 am

I have a Skutt GM1014 kiln and will be selling it and want to move it off it's short stand onto a wooden pallet that is sitting on a dolly so it can be wheeled out of the garage. Can the handles on it's side be used to lift the kiln and swing it over and onto the pallet?

I didn't use the handles when I put it on the stand when I bought it and though they seem solid enough, I don't know if they are really designed to be load bearing, even if for just a few minutes without shifting the bricks or potentially doing any damage to the kiln. I'm usually to busy at work during the day to call Skutt so thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any experience with the handles.

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Re: Skutt GM1014 - Can Handles Be Used to Lift?

Postby Valerie Adams » Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:40 am

My Skutt GM1414 is over 300 pounds; we used the four handles to lift, carry, and level it.

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Re: Skutt GM1014 - Can Handles Be Used to Lift?

Postby Mike Jordan » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:08 am

That's good to hear, Valerie. I know that GM1414 is a monster as I almost bought one instead of the 1014 I did buy but I came to my senses in time. :D

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Re: Skutt GM1014 - Can Handles Be Used to Lift?

Postby Morganica » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:53 am

I think it depends on the age and condition of the kiln; when I gave away my GM1414 last year, we specifically did NOT rely on the handles. Over the years and hundreds and hundreds of firings, the steel jacket's gotten a bit looser. We were concerned that there would be too much shifting of firebrick unless we were exactly symmetrical, so we used a combination of boards underneath the kiln and the handles.
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Re: Skutt GM1014 - Can Handles Be Used to Lift?

Postby Mike Jordan » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:58 pm

My kiln is about 8 years old and has had probably less than 200 firings but I'd have to count my log entries to get a closer idea. I hear what you are saying though, which is why I thought I'd ask before I tried. Everything still looks pretty solid but I don't plan on lifting and carrying it, I just want to lift it off the stand a little and swing it over to the pallet that will be sitting on a furniture type dolly I'll have right up next to it. After that any lifting will be done from the pallet and hopefully with several people to pick it up.

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