My ipf8300 arrived last week, and I read with interest the threads from Josh and others about moving the beast to a second floor. In my case the second floor involved a twisty set of stairs, and I *really* like my neighbours so I didn't want to hassle them and risk crushing them under this monster.
I thought about it for a bit and then inspiriation struck. I called a piano moving company. The printer is now in my studio! Here are a few photos of how it went:
The printer was attached to a 7ft "piano board", which neatly fit between the slots for the printer stand. They wrapped both ends with moving blankets, and the bottom that we stood the printer up on had extra padding inside too.
Standing the printer up to get the pallet out from under it.
Final adjustments to the many straps holding it onto the piano board and rolling dolly (which was used to get it to the front steps).
Up the stairs. This was the "easy" part, as they'd already cleared the curved steps at the base of the staircase. The hand rail was removed from the wall to make more room. They basically had one guy pulling it up one step at a time via a strap, and the other two below pushing and steadying it.
In the upstairs hall, headed to the print studio. At this point it's basically smooth sailing. We tipped it down onto its belly again, undid all the straps and removed the piano board, and then stood it back up on a moving blanket to drag it into the studio.
Pulling it the last little bit to get it in the studio.
Anyway, it was an adventure. Total cost was $300 ($250 + $50 tip). I am glad I paid them to do it!