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Lumberj3rk

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09-08-2016 06:42 PM

I need to move my small 2 car garage woodshop from St Louis to Portland in a few months, and I’m not sure which service to use.
I need to move a cabinet saw, band saw, jointer, lunchbox planer, a few cabinets and maybe 500bdft lumber. I should be able to fit everything into a 16’ container of some sort.
It looks like my choices are PODS type storage containers, but there are a lot of options and I don’t have the time to do much research.

Anyone have experience moving a shop?


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 10:30 PM

Lumber, when I moved from NM to VA I put the tools into crates my buddy made for them. Then the regular movers moved them along with the rest of the household goods. Take the wings off the TS, the head off the jointer and off the BS. I put a lot of lumber into the crates to fill the empty spaces and shrink wrapped the remaining lumber in small bundles that were reasonable for a person to carry. The mover will charge by weight so you need to have a reasonable estimate of that before you talk with them.

I think PODS and similar companies have (had) leaky roof issues on their containers so you need to be aware of that if you go that route. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 11:52 PM

The problem with PODs like services is that you decide ahead of time how big of a container you need and then you are pretty much stuck with that. Sometimes they can bring you another one, but that gets expensive. When I moved my mother in law from west coast to western PA, we used U-Pack’s by-the-foot trailer service. They drop you a 28’ standard “Pup”, and you fill it starting at the nose and working back. They charge you by the linear foot of space you actually use in the truck. There is a minimum. We hired a professional moving company to pack the truck. They had all the right equipment and skills to do the job. We rented blankets from U-Haul. They brought the shrink wrap. On the other side, we hired some grunt labor to offload the truck. It worked great, was very reasonably priced, everything arrived in great condition.

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 02:52 AM

Lumberj3rk,

My workshop has moved from Maryland to Arkansas, back to Maryland, and then to Ohio. All moves were by professional movers and workshop size increased with each move and small quantities of lumber were included (but far less than 500 bf). The first two moves were on my employer’s dime and the last was on my dime. All moves included household goods along with shop equipment. In my opinion, this is the easiest and best option. While not outrageously expensive, it was not cheap. Nonetheless, even if you are paying for the move, securing a couple of estimates from long haul movers might be a good idea.

If the estimates are too expensive and since you have limited shop equipment, renting a Ryder or U-Haul truck and doing the work yourself would seem to be a good option. Some help to load and unload the cabinet saw, jointer, and bandsaw might be required. When preparing for the Maryland to Ohio move I paid $300 about 15 years ago to have a crew of professional movers carry shop equipment from the walkout basement to the garage. They did a good job in just a couple of hours.

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 03:06 AM

Another vote to stay away from PODS for the same reason Brtech mentioned – you chose a size POD and if you need more room – you can be SOL. I’ve heard good things about U-Pack’s.

When I moved from Ohio I had to have my things stored until my house was ready. That issue pushed me into using a national carrier that has storage space in their warehouse. It was a bit spendy but all my tools made it to my new place with few issues. The only issue that really came up is someone the blade guard on my bandsaw got bent – a few hammer blows and it was as good as new.

Good luck with the move.

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 08:20 PM

If it were my tools, I would not trust any company to move them. I moved my shop which included a 1600# machinist’ lathe, milling machine, cabinet saw, drill press plus many smaller tools from California to Mississippi in a rental truck (employer’s dime). Even if I had to pay for the move myself, I still would have done it.

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