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Forum topic by coachmancuso posted 10-22-2013 04:59 PM 1266 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2013 04:59 PM

My Dad in Battle Ground Washington has a bunch of cedar for me . What is the best way to ship it he has it cut in lengths of 36 inches ? I live in Lakeland Fl,

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 09:19 PM

Freight truck is usually the cheapest. I took some things to my local lumber yard where they have a banding machine. I had it banded and shipped it. It will depend on the size and weight of course. You need a way to keep the pieces in the middle of the bundle from sliding out. You might have to make several bundles. put it in a box. make it 4’ x8’ and put whatever sides you need to get it in. used 1/4 ply for the top and bottom. band the entire box. You will have it left when you get the cedar. Play with some weights and numbers and talk to the freight company. I shipped from SW Oklahoma to Dallas TX. It was 8 ft long and about 10 inches dia. It weighed 60 lbs. It cost about $40 I think. I set it up and they had it on hold. I had the receiver call an 800 number to give his credit card number and it arrived at his door. Worked for us and it was cheaper than driving 6 hours.

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 09:50 PM

Depending on how much it is, if it were at least one pallet or more, I’d get a quote from DHL, they have surprisingly good rates, UPS is better for small stuff. I’m just across the pond in Portland, and have shipped 1000 pound pallets of a fire gelling agent to Idaho for about $300, most of the time UPS and FedEx Freight are 2-3 times as much. If you do get a quote from FedEx, use FedEx Freight.


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#3 posted 10-23-2013 12:49 AM

I used to have up to thousands of pounds of books shipped across country and we used Roadrunner and they were fairly reasonable. You may be able to get a better deal if you can find a carrier that regularly runs the route you need, so try checking with a number of national freight truck companies. Or if you mean DC, try regional ones. Sometimes they wanted to charge extra for residential delivery so I told them to drop the pallets on the driveway and I moved the boxes from there, other times I drove to the terminal to pick them up, though sometimes that was because I was impatient. The guys at the trucking terminal used to laugh when a young guy pulled up to see how many boxes off a pallet would fit into a car.

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