Any Advice on Unloading a 460lb Bandsaw?

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06-02-2013 02:22 PM

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Apparently my G0513X2B bandsaw is going to show up sometime tomorrow. I am both excited and freaked out. Is this the sort of thing I can handcart into my shop or is there any special equipment you would reccomend I make a quick trip to town for.

I did get the liftgate service.


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#1 posted 06-02-2013 02:28 PM

Yep…...Round up 2-3 of your friends to help you unload the saw, and go slow…..If you bought a mobil base for it, set it down on the base, and roll it into your shop…..piece of cake….....!!!

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 02:33 PM

Don’t drop it.

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 02:48 PM

If it is only you, take it out of the boxes in pieces. You should be able to handle it piece by piece. When it comes time for assembly, better get a buddy or maybe the wife. Probably be a few akward lifts.

Congrats on the new saw!

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 03:03 PM

I got the lift gate service with mine, too. The delivery service had a large hand truck to move it to the lift gate…I asked them to move it into the shop and they were more than willing…took only a couple of minutes. May want to have a coke of a few bucks handy as compensation. Once I had it uncrated( mine was fully assembled), I just had to walk it off the bottom pallet it was on. Honestly, probably a 2 person job, but I did it solo.

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 03:05 PM

appliance hand truck:

remove wheels and table for transporting.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 03:22 PM

It’s probably a solo job for me. As a farmer, my friends are wary of volunteering help without a full debrief.

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 03:24 PM

It should be on a small pallet if shipped upright, or a long one if shipped flat. They should be able to roll the
pallet into your shop if the truck can back up to the doorway. With a shipping weight of 400+ lbs it would
not hurt to have an extra person available to help balance it. Once in the shop, an appliance truck might
help you move it around. Unless you have a definite spot picked out for it and it will not be moved, it might
not be a bad idea to put a mobile base under it before you assemble it. Hope you have fun and enjoy you
new bandsaw.

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 03:34 PM

Lift with the legs not the back. Or if you have block and tackle use that.

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 03:41 PM

Appliance dolly/hand truck like Toolie shows. Or a 4 wheel dolly, or as suggested open the boxes and bring it in piece by piece. Yesterday I moved a Delta Unisaw with the extension into my basement alone, and all in one piece. Used planks and a dolly, and brains instead of brawn. Can be tough working alone but no big conversations about how to git’r done, and I really don’t know if another pair of hands would have made much difference. You’re a farmer….you’ll figure it out.

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#10 posted 06-02-2013 05:37 PM

A good time to bring up some stuff from the point of view of the trucking industry. Freight is moved on the presumption of ‘Curb Delivery”, that is, the driver is only obligated to set your freight on the tail end of his truck; how you get it from there is strictly your responsibility. Most deliveries go to receivers with dock plates and such, and have forklfts or other equipment to get their freight off the truck.

A household delivery is another matter, and indeed you correctly specified liftgate delivery, for a few extra dollars. some carriers also offer “Inside Delivery”, which involves bringing the freight into your home to the ground-level floor. A few even offer upstairs/downstairs delivery, which is expensive and at the discretion of the carrier whether he wants to provide that service. Mostly the rules are regulated by the DOT and other Federal agencies, and by the Teamster’s Union guidelines.

Remember you can also arrange with the local terminal to have the freight left on their dock and contact you when it arrives, so you can bring your truck or trailer to them; almost always they will be happy to load it onto your vehicle in their yard, but arrange for this way ahead of time. Speak with several dispatchers and find the right service for you.

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#11 posted 06-02-2013 05:57 PM

a couple of 230 lb guys should be able to handle it :)

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#12 posted 06-02-2013 06:13 PM

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#13 posted 06-02-2013 08:15 PM

^I thought about the tractor Don. But how do you balance it without forks? (Lots of baling wire lying around…)

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#14 posted 06-02-2013 08:58 PM

I use ratchet straps nice and tight!

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#15 posted 06-02-2013 09:14 PM

I bought the same saw a few months ago. It was delivered bolted to a small pallet in the upright position. I got the lift gate service, and when the guy put it on the ground he had a small pallet-jack and rolled it right into the garage. I gave him $15 for his effort.

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