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Forum topic by berlinguyinca posted 11-28-2012 09:44 PM 972 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2012 09:44 PM

so I looked a bit around to find somebody experience with this, since we all have heavy toys. But sadly could not find anything, which answered my question.

So about a week ago I put in 2 big orders at a known online seller, who sells tools and parts for crafting wood (not sure if I’m allowed to mention the name)

This order includes:

a) a dust-collector
b) a drum sander
c) a 14” bandsaw

which will be all delivered by freight. Now I have never used freight before and it will be delivered to a residential address. But my shock was that I will get a package of 350 lbs (dc+sander) and a 470 lbs package, which is the bandsaw and I’m responsible to get it off the truck.

There is no possible way for me todo this. I mean ones it;s on the ground I can deal with this easily and just carry it in piece by piece or put it on a mobile base and push it up the driveway.

Is it possible to unpack it on the truck? But I’m not sure if the driver is happy. if I take 1h to unload the stuff myself. Bribe the driver with a nice tip to use his tailgate and unload the stuff for me? If he doesn’t have a tailgate I’m totally screwed anyway…

Do they expect me to have a forklift?
I can get a dolly at work for a day or two, but not a floor jack (wouldn’t fit in my jeep anyway…)

it’s shipped with roadrunner and R+L

thanks for the help and anybody knows how this will go?

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 09:49 PM

I ordered a bandsaw from Grizzly once, and this sounds like their policy. Most places that ship give you the option of paying a fee for a truck with a lift. Basically, they will place the packages on the truck lift and lower it to street level with you being on your own from there. The UPS driver that delivered my BS was especially kind and made it a point to pull it in my driveway as far as he had the strength to do so. I was most appreciative.

Truck drivers have a route schedule. I don’t think any of them will be cool with you parting the thing out on their truck. I would contact the shipping company and make arrangements for a truck lift.

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 10:39 PM

Borrow a pair of crutches and a neck brace. Hobble up to the back of the truck and make a big show as if you’re determined to do it yourself despite the pain you’re in. If he asks, tell him you have cancer and you just got hit by a car and your dog has cancer and got hit by a car too.

He’ll either feel bad for you and unload it, or he sees right through your act. If the latter is the case, throw down the crutches and run for your life.

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 10:56 PM

Since you know who the freight carrier is, then give them a call and request a hydraulic lift-gate truck. They should already have a pallet jack on the truck to get it on the tailgate, and then down to ground level. Offer the driver a coke and maybe he will let you wheel it in the garage using his pallet jack.

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 01:14 AM

well they are supposed to call me 24h before delivery and I will than request the different services I need. Like a lift gate and a pallet jack.


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#5 posted 11-29-2012 01:39 AM

tbone nailed it. Another thing you can do is what I did. I picked my BS up at the freight terminal. They loaded it on my trailer with a fork lift,no charge.

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 01:55 AM

The trucker will have a ramp if not a pallet jack. They are used to getting stuff off their trucks, it is what they do. Make nice with the guys at Nugget market and borrow one of the rollers that Rainbow bread is delivered on. Three guys can muscle 470# and barely break a sweat. I am a receiving clerk at a warehouse and do this stuff all day every day. It is not that big a deal

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 02:50 AM

When I had a heavy jointer delivered, the driver took it down out of the truck and wheeled it into my garage with a pallet jack without me even having to ask. I made sure to tip well. There’s a chance yours could be just that easy.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 03:40 AM

The truck that delivered my Grizz bandsaw had a hydraulic lift and unloaded the saw onto my trailer even though I didn’t request (or pay for) the lift gate service. The driver even asked me if I needed help getting it off my trailer and into my shop. There are advantages to living in Ok!

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 03:43 AM

so basically I might get lucky and have a nice driver and I might get unlucky :)

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