Here it is, safely home and with its cocoon of stretch-wrap removed, but still strapped in to the trailer. Note that the "pantograph head" part of the machine is attached at only two places: in-line with the spindle (a joint you wouldn't want to torque) and via a single bolt at the top of the column. Note also that this bolt might be (it was) loose. So it's important that at least some of the straps go over the "bottom slide" part of the pantograph head, as done here (and make sure that bolt is tight!)
Four independent straps are a minimum. Each strap goes from a corner of the trailer to the machine, separately from the other straps. They do not go from one side, over the machine, to the other side. Using four independent straps ties the machine in place; if instead I had just gone over the machine with two straps it could slip underneath a strap.
Here is the bottom of the machine, blocked in on the trailer. This is essential; you do not want the bottom of the machine sliding at all. Double-headed nails make this a lot easier to remove. (The official name for double-headed nails is "duplex" nails; this is a useful thing to know when looking for them in the store.)
Here's a shot of carrying it down to the shop from its initial parking place in the machine shed. I've put it on a new pallet designed specifically for it (yes, the pallet is asymmetric; it took a bit of figuring to design everything to fit in the limited space of the shop).
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