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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 03-04-2016 10:56 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2016 10:56 PM

So I want to pick up a jointer from craigslist. Approx 300lb. What is the best way to get this to my house? I can borrow a truck, but don’t think it will be easy to stand jointer straight up and down on the bed of the truck. I’m guessing laying the jointer down would not be good for it either. I don’t believe my grandfathers truck has a hitch for a trailer.

Any Ideas would be great. Will a moving company of some kind pick it up for me?

Can you even trust a moving company to not drop or damage the jointer?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 11:06 PM

Lay it down in the back of a pickup. Easy. Maybe bring some 2x’s and blankets to block it up and pad if needed. Couple of tie-downs wouldn’t hurt either :)


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#2 posted 03-04-2016 11:16 PM

Borrow the truck, buy a 12 pack (not to be revealed until the jointer is home and in your shop) and find a few friends (realizing you might be called upon at some point to return the favor). I don’t think you want to lay it down but 20 miles is not that far if you can find a back road where you can take your time…straps would be a good idea to minimize movement. If you want to lay it down I keep a partial sheet of 2” foam board in my shop…perfect cushion for most things and easy to store.

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 11:30 PM

I would roll it up to the truck, take the bolts out that hold the beds to the cabinet, slide the beds in to the truck, then the cabinet. Block it all in, get it home. Tben set the cabinet down. Slide the top back on to it. Reinstall the bolts. Put it in its final position.

You’ll need one or two guys to help. If the jointer doesn’t have wheels of its own, go to HF or HD and get a couple of those 1000lbs rated wooden trolleys. At HF they are like $10 each. They work good.


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#4 posted 03-05-2016 12:40 AM

I would lay it down with a blanket propped up with a few 2×4s like Brad said.

-- Ken

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 01:21 AM

Some jointers do not have a mobile base. If this one does, moving it got a lot easier. You are still likely to need a few helpers. 300# isn’t so bad with a couple of helpers. You will also need to use to use 4 ratcheting tie downs to secure the load properly. You need to secure the unit from 4 different directions. Please don’t ask me why I know this! If you have ramps and or a hoist, you might be able to retain your helpers as friends! Good luck.

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 02:47 AM


I moved a 600 pound bandsaw off the pallet and onto a mobile base using an engine hoist. The arm of the hoist could be raised to a height of 105”. I worked great. Perhaps an engine hoist would work here.

Before I rented, I compared the height and lift capacity of the hydraulic hoist with my requirements. In the end, it worked for me.

In this case the engine hoist would have to grab the jointer at its lift points and lift it high enough so that the pickup can be driven under the raised machine. As the hoist lowers the jointer, the engine hoist arm would have to remain clear of the truck. If it works to load the jointer, it should also work to unload the jointer.

Good luck!

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#7 posted 03-05-2016 04:17 AM

I think you should rent a trailer with a ramp. Buy some ratchet straps and make life easy on yourself.

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#8 posted 03-05-2016 04:25 AM

+1 on the trailer idea. This is why I always have at least one car with a hitch and my trusty utility trailer. They come in mighty handy.
I just hauled home a 400 pound Walker Turner band saw with mine.

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#9 posted 03-05-2016 11:27 AM

I stood my 8” jointer up in the back of my truck and pushed it up a pair of 2×12s to load it, then strapped it down. I only had to move mine about 8 miles and most of that was 35mph. I did have to rent a trailer (before I owned one) to go pick up my 12” jointer as it weighs around 1400lbs. and was just over 30 miles away. Well worth it for $15 as 1400lbs. in my truck wouldn’t have worked out too well, neither would unloading it. The older gentleman I bought it from loaded it for me with his front end loader.

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#10 posted 03-05-2016 11:32 AM

+1 on the ratchet straps. No matter what you are hauling, it needs to be well tied down. Curves and street corners are not friendly to loose loads. Not to mention those sudden stops when someone fails to yeild in front of you. I had a drill press try to come into the cab because it wasn’t well tied down. Showed me what a dumb ox I was.

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