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Forum topic by DrDirt posted 08-19-2010 10:55 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2010 10:55 PM

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I’m sure someone has dealt with this – I am hoping to buy a Oneway 2436 from a gentleman on the East Coast. I live in Kansas, and it is seeming that I cannot get time off to drive out and back.
Is there a company other have used with good results when buying or selling machinery? Or someone to stay away from. Obviously there are tons of companies on a google search, but I am looking for someone to go and pick this up, and (I expect) palletize and wrap it.
It’s ~1500 miles from PA to Central Kansas.

There have been many threads on shipping carefully wrapped furniture to customers, but nothing I found on how to arrange for someone to pick up and deliver something this heavy.
Thanks for your advice.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 11:10 PM

I don’t have direct experience, but here’s my suggestion. Ask the seller to crate the lathe; put it on a pallet and build a plywood box around it. Armed with the dimensions of the crate and an estimated weight, you can get freight estimates from companies like FedEx Freight or UPS. Another option to look into is using a PODS or similar mobile storage unit. They ship these around as an alternative to traditional moving companies – you might be able to have the seller load the lathe into a POD, strap it down, and it gets shipped right to your door.

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 12:22 AM

I went to and entered the zipcodes, Residential to Residential, Liftgate service.
and it gave the following – UPS is almost a grand…so one of the others would be preferred.

Anyone of these good/bad?

I know I have had deliveries of new tools from Yellow Freight and it was fine, but I don’t know about their pick-up service and ability to load a 900 pound lathe since usually only the driver shows up whether it is liftgate or not.

Roadrunner Transportation 4 business days 462.34
YRC (Yellow-Roadway Corp) 3 business days 467.18
R + L Carriers 3 business days 474.60
Pitt Ohio Express 5 business days 490.54
USF Holland 4 business days 496.34
New Penn 4 business days 516.86
Roadrunner GUARANTEED DAY DELIVERY BY 5PM 4 business days 535.75
Vitran 3 business days 537.26
R + L Carriers GUARANTEED DAY DELIVERY BY 5PM 3 business days 542.37

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 12:46 AM

I have dine business with YRC … never had a problem. Also have had good luck with SAIA.

Google ‘LTL Carriers’ ... LTL is ‘less than a truckload’

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 04:58 AM

In a former job I used to have large injection molds, at least 500 lbs, shipped point to point for around $850. We were usually going from Kansas to Cincinnati. This was mainly overnight point to point.

We used YRC quite often and never had any issues.

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 05:19 AM

If possible have the seller either crate or palletize the lathe. I will also cost less if the seller can take it to the shipper. I have heard that is good but I have not used them personally. You will pay more for less than full load items(LTL). If you also have the ability to pick up the lathe from the shipping port instead of having it delivered will also save you.

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 06:05 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys – this is a situation where the seller inherited it from the father in law, and is packing up the house. So it is a “cone get it I cant use it’ situations. WHich helps on the price, but only if it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg to get it.
I’m not in a great position to go pick it up – it is 20 hours drive each way, so gas and ~5 nights hotel to pick up. I have the impression that the seller tha inherited it is not a woodworker…. so getting it crated or delivered by the seller is tough – as is getting them to load a 900 pound lathe vs. someone picking it up directly.
Not an optimal solution, and I do worry about potential shipping damage, but if it is going to cost more than a grand to go get it…it isn’t so attractive for me.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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