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Forum topic by Matt88 posted 02-21-2011 02:44 AM 8888 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 02:44 AM

I am wanting to order the G0715p table saw and I have seen pictures of the crate it ships in. A tractor trailer won’t be able to get to my subdivision so like the grizzly band saw I’d have to meet the driver in town. but my question is…even with a lift gate how am I going to load/unload from my truck ( if I can even get it in my truck) any suggestions?

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 03:19 AM

I picked up a 600 lb capacity pneumatic table for about a $100 a couple of years ago … i have used it to unload my table saw and band saw.

When I’m not using it, it scoots under a mechanic’s bench built into the end end of my garage/shop.


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#2 posted 02-21-2011 03:47 AM

What I have done in the past with large, heavy items is uncrate them right in the back of my vehicle (I used to have a minivan, now I have a pickup) and bring them into the shop in pieces rather than as a whole crate. You might still need a hand, but it will definitely be do-able for two people.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 03:59 AM

Most shippers will be happy to load it into your truck with a forklift at the service center where you will pick it up. You could also get one of those Uhaul trailers that are shorter with loading ramps for cars. Rental would be cheap and you could then drag the crate off easily.

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 04:07 AM

Have the driver roll the pallete/crate and pump jack out on to his extened lift gate. Have him lower the lift gate so it is just over the edge of your tail gate and the three of you (you,the driver and Andrew Jackson)should be able to roll it on to your truck.Then like CharlieM1958 said unpack the saw and dismantle the crate.

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 04:10 AM

I bought a $40.00 1-ton manual chain hoist at HF and hung it from my garage central I-beam. Using tie-down straps it worked like a champ to unload my G0690 TS. Your TS should arrive on a small pallet that makes putting the straps under it a breeze.

Alternatively, you can un-crate it while still on your truck and remove the cast iron wings and other accessories, thus lightening the load. Leave the crate UNDER the TS to absorb any dropped corners etc. when attempting to strong-arm lift it to the ground.

Another alternative is to rent an open low trailer and pick up the TS at the UPS Freight center. They will load it onto the trailer for you and then you would only have to slide it off the ramp into your garage.
My 2-cents worth…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 04:11 AM

Do you have any friends that work at furniture stores? That’s how I usually get stuff up here to the shop. Try checking around, someone may do it for just a few bucks. Not sure if Charlie’s advice would work, but it would be worth a try. Will it be coming by UPS? I’ve never paid the extra cash they want for the lift to get the piece off the truck, but they always do it. Maybe you could slide it off the UPS truck into the back of a pick up. Get it to your place, and then figure it out. A few friends and a case of beer may be all it takes (no operating the saw after the beer). Only other thing would be if you could pick it up at the UPS hub. They’d load it in a truck with a fork lift. Just don’t put off ordering the saw because of not knowing how to get it to your shop…. I’m sure you’ll have it figured out before it arrives. Good luck if you decide to get the saw…. I’m sure you’ll like it.
- JJ

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 04:19 AM

Being a woman, I just can’t muscle things the way my brother and nephew can. I’ve learned to uncrate (as CharlieM said) tools or household items and get them down to a more manageable weight and size for me. It may take me longer, but I try to stay safe.

I keep a 1/4 sheet of 1/2” plywood in the garage so that I can slide heavy stuff out of my truck into the garage. A two-wheeled dolly helps move a lot of stuff, and saves my back. I have a mover’s dolly from HF that easily moves and helps me move heavy stuff.

I’ve learned to ask for help. Last weekend I bought a Ridgid planer and a stand. I assembled the stand and had my neighbor help me lift the 85 lb planer onto the stand, and then I was able to mount the planer to the stand. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for help.

Good Luck—and watch your back.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 04:31 AM

Verna is right. It’s easy to injure yourself really bad trying to wrestle with something heavy or bulky.
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#9 posted 02-21-2011 04:52 AM

Matt: Do you work someplace that has a loading dock? If so, you may be able to have it shipped there. That makes it a lot easier to deal with at that point. When I picked up my saw, I backed up to the loading dock and “dropped” it the bed of the truck. Then open the box in the truck and hauled it down to the shop one stinking piece at a time. It’s a LOT of work doing it that way, but it’s about the only way of doing it.

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 06:07 AM

I have had to move a 2000 lb safe a couple times over the years for my jewelry store. It’s about the size of a table saw, but a good bit taller. The best method I have come up with is to get a friend who works at a local garage to bring his roll-back truck. You could pay a garage to do the same in lieu of having an inside contact.

Anyway, you get the load on the ground from the shipper’s truck, roll a pallet jack under and lift it up. Then the roll-back driver backs up to it, rolls the deck back and tips it down, like they were going to load a wrecked car, then attaches the winch and pulls the load up on the deck with the pallet jack still under it. Unloading is just as easy and the roll-back can tip the deck right into your garage.

I have done similar with a small utility trailer and a come-a-long for loads that were not quite so heavy.

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 07:23 AM

Once I get into my house I’m going to borrow my father-in-laws tractor which has fork adapters for the bucket. I’m going to use the tractor with the forks as I would with a forklift. But it sounds like you live in suburbia without any tractors near by so that option is pretty much shot. I would have to agree with the above mentioned methods of unloading your G0715p.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#12 posted 02-21-2011 08:53 AM

I’ve built some large crates for shipping large pumps and other equipment from my house (one was 800 lb). I typically require the trucking company to deliver/pick upwith a non-semi. Sometimes this may result in a slightly higher fee but if you specify it’s a residential address, a semi-truck won’t fit and you need a box truck with a lift gate, they’ll likely help you out. They will probably have a pallet jack to get it off the lift gate too. Most drivers are understanding that you won’t have a pallet jack and will either scoot it out of the garage or into the garage provided I can get them within 10 feet of the door.

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#13 posted 02-21-2011 04:20 PM

All my heavy deliveries are sent to my local lumber yard. Shipping is much cheaper being delivered to a commercial business with a loading dock.The lumberyard calls me when its in and they load it on my trailer or for a fee they’ll haul to my shop.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#14 posted 02-21-2011 06:34 PM

I’m having the same dilemma with the 0690 that I’m thinking about ordering. I’ll be going with Horizontal Mike’s suggestion. I checked with a local U-Haul place and it’s only $14.95 a day to rent their small trailer. The hight will be a lot closer to the ground than my pick-up.

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#15 posted 02-22-2011 06:33 PM

So…getting in to the garage is one thing, what have people done to get a TS into the basement? I have a new General TS coming (woodsmith shop is delivering it for free) and need to get it down to my shop. Any ideas/suggestions?

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