VF 3000 weight

VF 3000 weight

PostBy: steveyrock On: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:24 am

Harman does no show a weight for this boiler and I would like to know the weight of the boiler box in it's broken down configuration before it's set up.I have to get it down my basement steps as I have no outside entrance. I know some of you faced this same situation and any info you can give will be appreciated.
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:47 am

It is 915# and should go right down the cellar stairs. You will want to remove the doors, hopper and perhaps the stoker. You will want to remove whatever else comes off easy to reduce the struggle and risk of damage. More than likely, that weight can be reduced by 200-250#. I'm sure a VF owner will chime in on the details on that point. Some specs here on there site.


http://www.harmanstoves.com/specifications.asp?id=6
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: Highlander On: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:00 pm

The boiler comes assembled to the base with all the sheet metal installed, but without the stoker assembly or hopper installed. I would at the very least remove all the sheetmetal covers and the doors to lessen the weight. The main boiler weldment probably tips the scales at 750 to 800# all by itself, but its a fairly compact size and it does have lifting eyes on the top.

Removing all the sheet metal will prevent it from getting all banged up in the process. The default configuration is hopper on the left and flue on the right, if thats not how yours needs to be setup, then you'll have to seperate the base from the main weldment.

I managed to get mine off the back of a truck and into the basment with just the help of my family, if you have some strong friends, might i suggest a case of their favorite beverage to get them to help you.

Good luck, its a very good boiler

Bill
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:09 pm

I have a few words of advice. Levers, rollers, pulleys and chain fall. My son and I unloaded ours by ourselves and never broke a sweat. All engineering. PPPPPP (prior planning prevents piss poor performance. )
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: steveyrock On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:02 am

ok so I am probably looking at 700 plus pounds with the main box.

I am going to shore up the steps with a few 4x4s just in case,lol. I was thinking about covering the steps with plywood and perhaps four of us letting her slide down the plywood on a fridge dolly from the top of the steps with a heavy rope while two guys are downstairs on both sides with a rope. Four truck tires at the bottom of the steps in case she gets away from us.

I was lucky to get this boiler this late as my dealer assured me that they had four of them coming in August and one was not sold yet,I put a deposit on it right away. I wanted a Keystoker K-6 but was told they are over 400 units backlogged.

I am getting mine with an oil gun for duel purpose. Thanks for your help. any more suggestions on maybe an easier method of handleing this thing will definitly help out getting her down the steps.

Hey coalkirk can you put up a bigger picture of your boiler so I can see your setup?
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:09 am

steveyrock wrote:I was lucky to get this boiler this late as my dealer assured me that they had four of them comming in August and one was not sold yet,I put a deposit on it right away


You better confirm that... Is Harman giving people the shaft?

As for getting it down the steps, I would get some 2X4's as runners. Nail or screw them to the steps, then you can slide it down. If you have place to securely attach a eye hook behind it you can attach a pulley to the eyehook. One person could almost do it.

When you have it on flat ground use three pipes to roll it around.

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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: steveyrock On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:15 am

hello Richard, yes 2x4s would be cheaper than plywood and would still spred the weight over several treds. Thanks.

as far as confermation they said they were in contact with the factory several days ago and the units are part of a yearly alotment to that dealer and are not a new order. I must say I will not be suprised if something does not pan out, but I did mention that situation to the dealer. I don't want to stir things up on this forum but that article about 5051.html is not telling the whole story.
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:25 am

Sure, here's a bigger pic. I used 2x8's screwed on the steps and had the boiler strapped to a heavy duty furniture dolly for the ride down the steps. I used a chain fall (rented) to lower it down the steps. Once at the bottom, we used pipes to roll it into position. I would not use a hand held rope. If it gets away from you, you've got a ruined boiler and hands with no skin on them. :shock:
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: steveyrock On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:06 pm

Thanks for putting up the picture,nice and tidy set up you have there.

I now can see what is needed to plumb it out with what I have in place now with my oil burner.I will also hooking up DHW with my unit
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Re: VF 3000 weight

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:58 pm

Thanks. It looks nice and tidy because its not co-located with my oil boiler. I've got a 1 1/4" supply and return pipe plumbed to it and to my oil boiler. Thank goodness I installed when I did. The price of copper pipe has skyrocketed since then. It's located on the opposite side of my basement because that's where the chimney that was availalbe was located.
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