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Forum topic by unisaw posted 02-08-2013 02:28 AM 1030 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2013 02:28 AM

I’m about to order a Rikon BS from Amazon and I’m not sure about shipping method or how home hobbyists deal with large, heavy items. The saw comes in one box and lists a weight of 251 lbs. I’m 61 years old and although I’m fit I don’t have access to resources to lift an item this large from the truck to my garage. My current shop has Grizzly tools that typically came in 2 – 3 boxes. I assume once I get it into my garage I can carry the parts to my basement workshop. I would pay a local mover to pick it up at the shipper if that is an option.

Suggestions appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 02:55 AM

Amazon sells those saws with “free super saver shipping”. I don’t see why the shipper wouldn’t deliver the box to your door? Once delivered, you could then move it into your basement piecemeal.

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 02:56 AM

I bought my Rikon BS a year ago through Amazon with free shipping and the carrier had a liftgate and then wheeed it into my shop on a cart. I was shocked as I had 2 friends lined up to unload it

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 08:55 AM

Weight-wise, at a certain point there almost have to be a liftgate on the truck delivering it but it might not heard to check with Amazon and double check or try to add special instructions/notes on the order when you place it.

-- Ben from IL

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 12:08 PM

Open the box and remove the parts… take them in 1 at a time. If I can do it, you can too ;-)
You can get liftgate service to get it off the truck. The company here on Cape Cod charges $35 and usually the guy will get it close to your door for that.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 05:30 PM

If you have to go to a freight dick to pick it up ….rent a U-haul with a lift gate. Those rent for a few dollars a day when it is local. Cheaper than owning a truck. LOL Good luck with your saw and congratulations.

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 06:18 PM

That’s not a lot heavier than a water heater full of
sediment. With a hand truck it’s not a lot of
weight to move. Bigger inflatable wheels on the
hand truck make it easier to bump the load down

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 03:18 AM

I have unloaded heavy tools from my truck by laying them down with the base at the end of the tail gate. Then I lift the top end so the base slides off the truck toward the floor. It is just a matter of keeping the angle of descent balanced against gravity. The shallower the angle the slower it slides down. Ideally you will have a set of wheels under it. HTH

-- Art

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 03:50 PM

Thanks all. I remember ordering my Grizz tools years ago and the shipper was very limited in what they would do to get the item from the truck to the house.

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