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Forum topic by StiltzWi posted 04-23-2016 01:10 PM 1569 views 1 time favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2016 01:10 PM

I bought a Grizzly G0771 table saw this week. I called Grizzly to see if I picked it up at the ups would ups be able to load it into the back of my pickup? I was told yes so did not order lift gate service. UPS called me when it arrived and told me I would have to be able to load it into my pickup on my own if I picked it up at there freight warehouse. I was told all there loading docks are simi height and would not work for a pickup. Grizzly has told me twice now that UPS should be able to load it in my truck. Has anyone had any experience with this? Is this just UPS’s way of getting additional funds from me and Grizzly?

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 01:17 PM

I am just going to make a assumption here, not all UPS facilities may not have the same dock loading styles, obviously all have docks for semis. Grizzly may not have knowledge of each particular one.

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 01:23 PM

Send your wife to pick it up. I’ve never had a problem with UPS loading it for me. Sexist but true. Oh, and if you aren’t married and are young, find an old neighbor to go get it. UPS… they are very unhelpful if there is a chance to be. I paid for lift gate service with Fedex when I bought my Sawstop. They sent a truck without a lift gate that wouldn’t fit down my street with one rather large guy in it. I ended up getting my neighbors to help unload it because I could not bear to send it back to the the Fedex warehouse. I can imagine them loading it onto another truck!!! I’d get dents and dings everywhere!!

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 01:49 PM

My wife will not drive a pickup :) her car is a mini cooper. Also if I got an older person to pick it up I would have to find someone older than me. Not saying I am old but I am ummm…...shhhhhhh 56 I have worked in construction sense 1978 and I don’t remember seeing too many warehouses that didn’t have at least one garage door that a pickup could back through. i am just wondering if the UPS person I talked too didn’t know or is it there way to get a few more $$. I might see what I can see on a drive by this weekend. I am set for lift-gate service on Monday between 10-2:00. Luckily I am working 5 minutes from home so when they call I can get home pretty quick

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 02:54 PM

Fork lift

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 03:03 PM

They simply may not have a low dock or exterior access for their forklifts. Without either of those, you are stuck.

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#6 posted 04-23-2016 03:03 PM

Dirty Mike: That’s the problem, their fork lifts can’t leave the building and there loading docks are too high. Just did a goggle search for the UPS freight location looks like they do only have semi height loading docks, oh well.

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#7 posted 04-23-2016 03:41 PM


Presence and persistence. If the UPS depot is close enough to the shop, drive over to the depot. I am sure they have a forklift. With enough persistence, even speaking to the general manager if need be, will probably get results. All the freight guys I have ever encountered are always more than willing to help do whatever to load and unload freight. In my experience when you standing in front of the freight guys, they have a hard time telling you no. They are in the freight business. I sure they know how to get the table saw loaded into the back of your truck (and without damage).

I took delivery of a heavy item (I cannot remember what it was but it was heavy). ABF call when it was ready for pick. I only told them on the phone that I would be over and I drove the pickup to the ABF freight depot. The guys hand me drive the pickup truck up a ramp, apparently designed for forklifts and pickup, into the depot. They then loaded the item with a forklift. No discussion or argument. They just solved the problems – like there were any to solve.

If this does not work for some reason, asking Grizzly to intercede on your behalf will, I think, work. After all, I am sure UPS wants the Grizzly’s freight business. But if Grizzly intercedes, you may get a result different from the one you expect. UPS may opt to gift gate the table saw onto the driveway. If so, this should be at no charge to you, since Grizzly has told you twice that it can be loaded onto your truck at the UPS depot.

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#8 posted 04-23-2016 05:39 PM

I don’t see a problem at all… that thing comes in two boxes with the heaviest being 330lbs according to the data sheet (the other one w/fence and other stuff being 18lbs). A couple of loading dock guys could easily get it in and out of a pickup truck with very little effort. The machine itself only weighs in at 286lbs. It’s not that heavy.


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#9 posted 04-23-2016 05:44 PM

It seems to me your initial mistake was asking Grizzly what UPS can do. Next time try calling the local UPS distribution center.

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#10 posted 04-23-2016 06:27 PM

I’m surprised something the size and weight of a saw would be shipped UPS. That sounds like it should be a freight shipment.

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#11 posted 04-23-2016 06:51 PM

I m surprised something the size and weight of a saw would be shipped UPS. That sounds like it should be a freight shipment.

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#12 posted 04-23-2016 07:44 PM

At this point it does not matter lift gate service will be at the house Monday. My only compliants are 1: I called to confirm that UPS could get it onto my truck and the sales person did check and said yes. 2: that I had to spend a.few more dollars for delivery that I was hoping to save. 3: I have to wait a few more days to get it. It’s not like it’s a mission critical tool. needed this weekend. Just was looking g forward to putting things together this weekend. It’s not like the router table I ordered and have to wait 4-6 weeks or longer before thats shipped. I guess Incra router table fen es high demand. Dang that auto correct on my phone!

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#13 posted 04-23-2016 10:08 PM

Standard UPS package service is anything under 150#, anything 150# and over is freight.

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#14 posted 04-24-2016 12:25 AM

I did the same with ABF. Drove my pickup over, they drove the forklift down a ramp and over to my truck. Saved them money in the form of local delivery and I was happy.

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#15 posted 04-24-2016 01:11 AM

Forklift and slings?
Lower into a pickup a for or so lower than the dock. ...... not rocket science.

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