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DN 501E and ~34.5" Location Doorway


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Hi all,

I have an opportunity to place a drink machine in a local apartment complex fitness room. The machine that I've found available nearby that makes the most sense for the spot is a Dixie Narco 501E live display machine. I went today and measured the doorway I'd be bringing the machine through and it measures a little over 34 and 1/2 inches, maybe just shy of 35". The specs I've found for the 501E says it has a 35 inch depth. For anyone with experience, is the 501E a little less than 35 in wide or is this a deal breaker for me? Or is it feasible to remove the door to make the machine a little narrower to get it in?

Thanks much for any advice from anyone with experience on this.

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Your ideal tool in such a situation are the little piano movers which have swivel wheels.  If you want to go cheap though, you could get a solid 3/4" - 1" piece of plywood maybe 2 feet x 2 feet and mount about 8 casters on it which are each rated at 150-200 lbs or more.  You need two people to use such an item as you have to tilt the machine , HOLD the "dolly" against the bottom of the machine, and then as gently as you can.. tilt the machine back down so it rests on the dolly.  You have to tilt it so that it doesn't slide out as it will be off to one side and not in the middle.  Once you get the hang of it, using the wood with casters will allow you to maneuver anywhere as long as you can open and close the door.  The piano movers are better because all you have to do is put them down, strap them, and then essentially jack them up off the ground.  They are safer, but cost something like $800+.  I absolutely do not recommend using an appliance dolly to move a machine with a door open.  It's unsafe and you can't really clam shell that way.  They are good with the door closed, but a pallet jack is superior just for moving things around in my opinion with few exceptions (there are some though).

I pay a mover for all of my moves.  He uses a pallet jack and the plate with casters as I mentioned.

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