Moving my shop in Maryland. Know any Movers?

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Forum topic by Minorhero posted 01-03-2016 01:41 AM 443 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2016 01:41 AM

I am moving my shop from a barn on my parents property in Southern Maryland to a garage about 30 minutes north of the barn. Anyone know of movers that operate in Maryland who do this type of thing?

Any one have suggestions for dealing with movers who move woodshops? I can’t do it myself unfortunately I have too many machines (about 13) plus some other random stuff and a pallet of wood.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 02:03 PM

I am faced with a similar situation and my plan is to rent a truck with a lift gate and to pay one or two laborers for the use of their muscles. All of my my tool are on mobile bases so I will be able to roll them to the lift gate and on to the truck. This is how I got the majority of my tools into my current space and I don’t see why this method won’t work in reverse. I don’t know what tools you have to move or if this method will work for you. However, it would be a lot less expensive to do it your self than to pay someone else to do exactly the same thing.

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 02:40 PM

You would need to hire a rigging crew. Riggers specialize in moving heavy machinery. Be prepared to pay for the service though.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 03:30 PM

Hey Hero, I’d recommend JK Moving, not sure how big the tools are if you’ve got some vintage monster iron or not. JK took care of an odd moving job when I had to have my basement emptied to repair damage from a failed sump system, and then of course if you need some supervision help to make sure they are respecting the machines, I’m just over in the ‘Dorf and work for beer.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 03:50 PM

I have moved my entire woodshop myself three yeas ago when I was only 70. I ordered a small “PODS” set outside my shop. I built the necessary 3” high ramp, rolled all my equipment into the PODS, tied the equipment in place to secure it. They came and moved it for me and I off loaded it using the same ramp into my woodshop. No lift gate required and it cost me about $200 here in Texas.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 03:59 PM

Call any of the big name moving companies, they will be able to do it for you. The large companies do movie and trade shows. They will have the equipment to move your large machines.

-- mrg

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 11:46 PM

I used a large mover to move from the SW to NoVA. There was no problem with the loading, but the guys doing the unloading thought 1 of my crates was too heavy for them to handle. They called their supervisor who called my mover who called me. I was pretty ticked because I was very up front about the weight on each of my machines and indicated that if they didn’t staff properly, that wasn’t my issue. It took some doing, but the crate got down the 10 steps into my basement. All my tools were fine, but I had made crates to secure each of them. I think Jim’s solution is the best for a short distance move even if you need to hire the muscle.

-- Art

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