Moving from California to Chicago...How do I move my big tools? HELP

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Bark to Blade

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08-28-2013 05:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: moving shop basement workshop

Hello All,

My name is Mike, my wife and I are moving back to the midwest, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for getting my powermatic 2000 and my grizly 8” jointer back there safely? Table saw weighs 750 bs and the jointer at 550 lbs…when we moved out here didn’t have these big guys and we did PODS.

Anybody done a big move in the past have any suggestions?

PS – Thinking about selling them and downsizing considering woodshop might be in basement when we get to the midwest…and don’t think I can safely get big tools down the basement steps. Any thoughts on that would be appreciated too…

Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 06:52 AM

Remove the jointer from the base to move it.

It’s easiest to tip a cabinet saw into a truck on it’s
back, but if you have a liftgate or trailer or
something there’s no reason not to move it

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 11:57 AM

Wondering the same thing myself Mike. Have a table saw, 8” jointer, 15” planer, and bandsaw in Minneapolis and moving to Denver. My plan is to keep my fingers crosses that the change of jobs will pay relocation expenses, if not, I may just be selling the tools.

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 11:59 AM

-Enclosed cargo trailer with rear ramp door like the uhauls would be my choice.
-Moving company can move them
-Trucking Company with Liftgate can ship them, but requires crating & much more protection & insurance.
-If you own a truck it can go in the back of that with ramps.

It never fun or easy to do. If you need to you can break them down to make it easier to move. If broke down you can bring them straight into the basement then reassemble.

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 12:12 PM

U-haul truck-? Ryder and Penske rent trucks with lift gates. Unbolt the tops from the bases- divide and conquer. A few friends- bribed with beer (once the job is done) help to get things moved.

For me, the little stuff will be just as bad as the big toys. Nuts and bolts and screws, parts is parts, and the stack of wood….. I hate to think. And the thought of another basement shop would really worry me, it has been 12 years since I have been in a basement shop. But sell stuff? Doubt I’d sell much at all.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 08-28-2013 12:35 PM

break it down and move it I would never sell them. If you got them new then you would be taking a major hit to sell them.

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#6 posted 08-28-2013 01:32 PM

I’m with Shawn on this one break them down to manageable sizes then you can have all the fun of putting them back together and know that they are setup right.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#7 posted 08-28-2013 01:32 PM

Looks like you have received your answer in multicate but figured I’d say welcome back to IL, hope the time spent in CA has been good…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 02:04 PM

on a side note if I was you I would check CL along your route and see what kind of deal you find along the way.

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 12:01 AM

When we moved from NM to NM, I used They charge by the foot of trailer rather than weight IIRC.

-- Art

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 12:49 AM

I recently moved to a small town and my best advice is don’t sell any of your tools that you use often,dismantle them as much as possible and pack them but make sure you take pictures during out for knobs,handles,movers don’t care and push things against them and bend or break them.make sure they are taped securely.

Get rid of all the stuff that you have not used for the past 2 years,chances are you won’t use them for another 2 years.
Before the big move you will need to have a big purge,throw out ,sell,give away things you don’t need,don’t waste your time carrying them to the new place /storing them again.
Get rid of all flammables,including propane tanks,gas,.old paint cans ,oil,motor oil etc.etc.or move them yourself if possible.
label boxes clearly and where the need to be placed,example ,speakers, top load only,living room..
I would make sure your movers are taken care of,as far as lunch,coffee,water,etc,goes.
Best of luck.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Jason White

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 03:19 AM

Did a big move from Boston to LA a couple of years ago. Sold all the heavy cast-iron machines and bought used ones off of Craigslist when I got here. Too expensive trying to move all that stuff across the country.


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#12 posted 08-29-2013 05:37 AM

I agree with Jason. I bought several Laguna tools over the past ten years. Each one weighs as least 500 pounds. They arrived at my door in Hawaii from California in wooden crates. The table saw came in two crates and lots of assembly was required. That said, I sold my first table saw to a woodworker on an outer Island. He flew over and we got it onto a truck with a lift gate, took it down to Young Brothers at the dock and pushed it into a Matson container (with the mobility kit that I had purchased) and off it went to the Big Island. That whole day happened because we had help. If you are moving somewhere without a group of buddies to give you a hand, maybe it’s time for some new tools. If the budget is there, it would be awesome to have a whole new shop. Just a thought….

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#13 posted 08-29-2013 05:43 AM

Good supply of used machines in a city like Chicago…

For common stuff it may not be worth the cost to
move it because then you’ve just invested x dollars
in a machine that is going down in value. This
you may want to parse against the time cost of
acquiring and setting up another machine – the
upside being that in acquiring commitment and
experience in woodworking will lead to an
upgraded machine… so in effect the cost of
transporting the old machine is avoided and
the upgrade in capacity and/or accuracy is real.

A lot depends on where you are going with the
woodworking. I have some machines I would be
loathe to sell because they would be time consuming,
costly and awkward to replace, but my table saw
and jointer are not among them.

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 04:59 AM

Hey isn’t Chicago the murder capitol of the nation? hope you’re packin!

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 11:26 AM

Just moved from Ga to Va It SUCKED !!!!!!!!!! moved my shop old bandsaw few hundred pounds , and the rest of it, buy a new saw I did have not put it together yet 8( , used a uhaul, my self and wife and 30 yr old son, get lots of help, you will need it

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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