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08-02-2013 09:32 PM

OK a quick question, Just got off the phone with Grizzly ( Very nice customer service girl) finally going to order my new G0690 TS and have it delivered to my new house in Three week, $150 to ship plus $35 for a lift gate THE QUESTION is is it necessary to get the lift gate, my very strong wife (the Gym rat) is going to help me get it in the basement through the sliders on a hand truck and role it into the shop. $35 for a lift gate what the %$%^^% do I need it?

Thanks LJs

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#1 posted 08-02-2013 09:46 PM

The bed of the truck sits about eye level. The driver will roll it off the truck if you have a loading dock, otherwise it’s up to you. A lift gate will lower it to the ground for you and your wife to spend a nice romantic evening rolling it into the basement.
Without a liftgate you and the missus will be lifting a 507 pound( plus crate) tablesaw from eye level to the ground. I’m not sure how romantic your evening will be after that.
If your wife was an olympian on the East German women’s weightlifting team back in the 80’s, then by all means go ahead and save the $35. Otherwise you might consider splurging just this once. :)

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#2 posted 08-02-2013 09:51 PM

With lift gate delivery, the truck driver will get the pallets off the truck and to the ground. Without it, he is only responsible for getting them to the back of the truck and you have to figure out how to get the ~500lb saw down to the ground safely from a 4ft height. If it is dropped, neither Grizzly or the trucking company is responsible for the damage or injury.

Unless you have a forklift available at your house, $35 is pretty cheap insurance to avoid a potential disaster.

Edit: I type too slow, could have just +1’d Joe.

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#3 posted 08-02-2013 09:54 PM

The shipping weight on your saw is in excess of 530 pounds … I assume it will be on a pallet. My guess is you’ll have to get it down the steps in pieces and re-assemble.

The lift gate gets it from the truck’s bed to the ground … otherwise, the driver could just stand there while you deal with it. Some drivers will lend a hand, some will not.

When I got my Grizzly jointer a couple of years ago, there was no way for the driver to get the truck up my driveway, so the left gate charge would have been a waste of money. I met the driver (a really nice guy from SAIA transport) on a nearby side street, he helped me slide it into the cargo bed of my Jeep. I think I tipped him a $10 spot.

Years ago, I bought a hydraulic lift table in the shop … I have a finicky back, and I use this table all of the time to load/unload lumber, fertilizer, dirt, rock, etc. This table (600 lb. capacity Larin) has been worth its weight in gold to me. I was able to back the Jeep up to the door and use the lift table to get it down near ground level.

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 09:56 PM

Thanks guy did not look at it that way
just joe No east German steroid queen here ( just like to be in shape) who can have a quite romantic evening with a new TS at home TheDane I have a friend driving my car up for me so that make three people to get it around the side of the house and in through the slider and acroos the basement to the shop

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 09:58 PM

no lift gate usually gets shipped with a truck that can only deliver to a loading dock. when you pay for lift gate they ship it in a truck that has a lift at the back that can lower it to street level, then you and your wife can enjoy rolling it down to the basement ;)

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 10:07 PM

Really the $35 is pretty cheap for liftgate service. They get good discounts, I get hit $100+ for liftgate + a residential delivery fee when I ship freight. I’d pay someone $35 to lift it for me in a heartbeat I’d give another $35 to get it in the house, that way I’d have enough energy to put it together & play with it!

Good luck with it!

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 11:13 PM

Go for the lift gate.

My jointer is coming in two boxes (170 lbs and 100 lbs) and I won’t need the service; me and my pop can handle it.

Tablesaw though? lift gate all the way.

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#8 posted 08-02-2013 11:18 PM

Rent a forklift… not that you need it, but they are very romantic….

Oh wait… my wife is informing me that fun for me is not the same as romantic… sorry.

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#9 posted 08-02-2013 11:27 PM

That table saw will be mostly together, and like others have said will be 500+ lbs. No normal human could lift it to the ground. You need the lift gate. When I got mine they would not bring the truck up the drive. Driver said the freight company (UPS) was afraid they would crack my driveway, which is already full of cracks. He did use his pallet jack and with my help we pushed a tablesaw, jointer, and bandsaw up the hill to my garage. I hope your not planning on taking that tablesaw down any steps to your basement, you and your wife won’t be able to do it I guarantee it.

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 11:41 PM

the best way I have found to do this is have them ship to the hub in your town, then you can pick it up when it’s a good time for you with a truck or trailor and 4 of your strong buddies ,then you have all the time you need to take care of buisness that’s how I do all my grizzly shipments that way Im in control of what goes on they will load it for you at the hub or terminal or whatever its called then you can take it home and have plenty of time to unload drink a beer watch Tv and not so much headache

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 11:47 PM

the saw is heavy even wothout the wings on you will have to take it out of the crate and take the main body of the saw down first then the wings and fence after but just make sure you have plenty of help hope etning goes ok you can call grizzly and cancel the lift gate Im just sayin this is a very easy way to do it cause your in control of the delivery

-- Work in the city woodshop in tha country

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 11:50 PM

Mind if I pile on here? Do they schedule delivery so someone is there or do they just surpise you?

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#13 posted 08-02-2013 11:54 PM

In my case, the driver called me when he was 30 minutes out.

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#14 posted 08-03-2013 12:03 AM

The saw will probably not be crated. The main body is bolted to a mini pallet, which is set on a normal sized pallet, and a box with the wings and other parts will also be on the pallet. The main body will probably be covered in plastic. As for delivery, In my case, UPS, they call you first to make sure your around before fooling with a ton of machinery to deliver. I tracked my shipment very easily as it sped to me. That part was very easy. The hard part was lifting the main body of the saw off the pallets and lowering them into a stand. I had to build a gantry crane to do that. Hang on to the hardware they use to bolt the saw to the mini pallet, it used later in assembling the table.

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#15 posted 08-03-2013 12:12 AM

If you have a truck (or trailer), you have the option of taking delivery at the local terminal. They’ll use their fork lift to put it in your truck. You drive it home and unload it on your schedule, not theirs.

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