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Forum topic by interpim posted 06-03-2010 06:07 AM 754 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2010 06:07 AM

As many of you know, I am in the military and move quite a bit. My next move is actually in about 24 days :/...

I’ve had to put a temporary hold on any woodworking for the time being to get my tools cleaned up and ready to ship. The Navy is paying for the movers to ship my stuff across the country to the Northern Neck of Virginia.

I have a few questions for anyone here who may have shipped their tools before.

Tablesaw: Should i remove the rails and fence? How about the belt? I guess the belt goes for all the tools really.

Bandsaw: Should I take the blade off this? right now I have it de-tensioned.

Lathe: What to do with the rest/tailstock?

Then on all the tools with the machined tops, what should I coat them with to prevent any rust in transit? I suspect they will be trucked over in a few days, but the entire shipment will be boxed up and stored in a warehouse for about a month.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 06:28 AM

If you do not have any issues with losing any parts by all means make the tools as small as possible. Less chance of having something broken or bent. It is a good idea to remove the table saw fence and rails. The belts will not a problem leaving on. The bandsaw blade should be removed and the wheels maybe bungee corded to keep them from rattling around. The lathe parts should all be packed in a strong wooden or metal box and locked. It is easy to misplace small accessories. The saw blade should be packaged in a way that they will not get harmed. It does not take much to ding the teeth and ruin a blade.

I remember many years ago shipping some crazy things while in the service.

Let us know if you would like any more advice.

Also, thanks for your service and good luck on your next assignment!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 06:30 AM

Take it off and pack it’
Put a heavy coat of car waz on all exposed metal

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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