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...... Transporting ......

The robot dismantles into 4 pieces, to fit into my mid-sized SUV. The heaviest part being the tread section, then the legs, then the torso, and finally the head being the lightest. Initially used a ramp to drive the tread section into the car, and had to lift the other sections.

Bought this Bruno wheelchair hoist on Gumtree for a few hundred dollars. Was quoted $2400 to install it, so me and my brother-in-law Kevin decided to attempt it ourselves. With him doing most of the work it turned out pretty good i think.

The head is lifted off manually and placed in the passenger seat. The hoist then lifts off the torso and swings it into the car, we push the torso back then swing the hoist out again to pick up the legs, swing the legs in, then finally swing out to pick up the tread section. Unloading it is the reverse. This effectively combines the assembly/disassembly with the unloading/loading operation, and the headless robot can be driven under it's own power from the car to the apartment, so there is no need to ever lift any heavy components.

The owners of the building even thoughtfully provided a ramp where there is one step up from the basement car park to the lift.

Will post some more pics of the actual loading/unloading of the robot once I've attached anchor points within the 3 sections to attach the loading hook.

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