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Forum topic by KnotWright posted 01-02-2009 01:04 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2009 01:04 AM

I just hired a new cabinetmaker, and he’s got several nice pieces of equipment that are still sitting up north in storage.

The issue is whether to pay for shipping to bring it down, or just sell the items up there and buy the equipment more close to the workshop. He’s got a Timesaver sander, a Dodge dovetailing machine, and a few others that we haven’t talked about yet. He’s called a few shipping companies and the best deal so far has been UPS freight at a cost of $2800 bucks or more.

Just trying to figure out which is the most cost effective way to handle this. Don’t want to see him losing money selling good equipment in a bad market place, but I don’t want to spend a huge amount on shipping the equipment either.


-- James

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#1 posted 01-02-2009 01:09 AM

I don’t know how large the items are, but Greyhound has very reasonable shipping costs for large items. If it will fit under the bus they can deliver it to the nearest Greyhound station.

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 01:10 AM

UPS is not the place to get a decent freight rate.
That’s probably at least 8- 10 times what you should have to pay.
Call a local trucking number and tell them what you got.
I bet I’m right.
I bring 600- 800 lb loads from LA to edmonton Canada all the time for about $225.00 a trip.


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#3 posted 01-02-2009 02:14 AM

How far are you from the place where the Equipment is? For $2800, I’d do it myself if it was my money. The time and money saved would be worth it. Short of that, As someone who worked in a shipping department, I dealt with all the companies out there, and something like this would be better off with a freight company, if you don’t want to do it yourself.

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 02:23 AM

Problem for me is I can’t take off long enough to drive up and get the stuff, which I suppose is a good thing. Apparently the equipment is stored in a garage without a loading platform, so a forklift is going to be required for the pick up.

All the equipment is too large to ship via Greyhound, both size and weight.

The new guy will be back at work tomorrow so I’m going to try and get exact dimensions and weights and the list of all the equipment, so far he’s been trying to handle setting all this up, but he’s more of a cabinet man than a mover, so he’s a little frustrated with trying to find the least expensive way to get his things shipped down.

The equipment is in the Boston area and I’m down here in Central Texas, I’m trying to get a quote from our local 18 wheeler guy to see if he’s got an empty trip back this way anytime soon.

-- James

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#5 posted 01-02-2009 02:27 AM

Rent A Truck

-- Jim, Kentucky

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