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05-20-2014 07:10 PM

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A while back I posted a thread asking for advice on moving a large amount of lumber and equipment from NC to MN, and I now have some more details. My family friend is getting out of woodworking and offered to donate to me most of his lumber and a few major tools. The lumber is mostly live edge slabs (maple, walnut, cherry, etc.) and the equipment includes, among other things, a 28” auto-feed planer (estimated $4,000 new), a jointer, and a DC system – all (according to my friend) in good working condition. He estimated that in all, the haul would fill a 14’ truck.

Other than the planer (which probably would require a hydraulic lift), everything can be rolled or carried into a truck by hand. And my friend is willing to load everything into a truck at his end, because (as he explained) he’d have to do that anyway if he were to move all of his stuff into storage.

My question is: what’s the best and most cost-effective way to arrange for this shipment, in view of the handling issues (i.e., all of the lumber and tools are loose so they’d need to be properly tied down)? I really don’t want to pass this opportunity up, but I have no idea how to coordinate something like this at a reasonable cost and with adequate insurance or other protections.

I’d GREATLY appreciate thoughts or advice from fellow Jocks that have dealt with similar shipping situations. Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 05-20-2014 07:13 PM

There might be a single word worth looking up

PODS

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 07:25 PM

I called PODS – they quoted me $3,000 (including a 15% off coupon). Unfortunately, I can’t swing that – I’m hoping for a solution more in the $1,000 to $1,500 price range. Is that even reasonable?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 07:27 PM

Try to get in contact with a moving or shipping company that operates in the area. They often have room in the back of trucks. If you can find a company that has a truck headed your direction, they will usually make a detour in order to fill that empty space with a little bit of extra income. I’ve shipped a couch this way. You can usually negotiate a price that is significantly better than just paying for a freight shipment.

-- I make great sawdust. -Jon in Warsaw, IN

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 07:37 PM

That’s not a bad idea. I’ll see if I can find movers in the Asheville, NC area.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 07:43 PM

Does anyone know if there is a website where you can post moving jobs or movers post availability for one-off/extra space situations?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 05-20-2014 07:48 PM

Can’t you stick it all on the train, or share a container, on a truck, or get a truck or trailer on hire for a few days . we always hire a truck when moving things, but we are not talking about American distances. I sincerely wish you well It would be great for you to have this stuff. Alistair. Alistair and Alistair

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 08:08 PM

freightquote.com does space available

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#8 posted 05-20-2014 08:12 PM

Have you looked into renting a u-haul truck, or if your family friend will load it, U-haul has U-Boxes that you could use. They seem like a neat idea. they drop off containers, pick them up and ship them.

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#9 posted 05-20-2014 08:18 PM

Try ABF moving or you can always rent a Uhual and take a couple days off lol.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#10 posted 05-20-2014 08:24 PM

U-Haul solution won’t work, unfortunately – I don’t have the time to move it myself. I got a quote of $2,300 from PackRat (a PODS competitor) for making the delivery with a half trailer. I also put some REALLY rough figures into FreightQuote and got bids in the $700-$1500 range, but the problem is none of the lumber or equipment is crated or palleted. and I don’t really know how to estimate the load amount in terms that FreightQuote accepts. That site doesn’t really seem well equipped for inputs like “half a truck of lumber and a few pieces of heavy machinery, all tied down.” I suppose I can give them a call to see if an agent can help guide me.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#11 posted 05-20-2014 08:30 PM

You can look into UPack, which is the same basic idea as PODs, but cheaper, and more flexible. They drop off a 28’ trailer, you load it, then they haul it to where you are going, drop it off and you unload it. Then they pick up the trailer. They charge you a fixed amount for the first 6’ of linear space in the trailer, and then you pay a per foot charge for more. It’s cheaper, but not half the cost. If that doesn’t work out, then the only thing that would be cheaper is UHaul, and you drive it.

You can hire moving labor on either side to help loading and tie-down.

I’ve used UPack for a household move across the country (LA to Western PA). It worked great.

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#12 posted 05-20-2014 08:33 PM

I did get a UPack quote of about $2,300 – so, similar to PackRat.

Can anyone shed some light on what I’d need to do in order to ship a load of hardwood slabs and a few big tools via a carrier found on FreightQuote? Those rates are well within reason, but I’m not sure what I’d need to arrange in order to comply with their policies/applicable freighting regulations.

I really appreciate everyone’s advice!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#13 posted 05-20-2014 08:38 PM

have you looked at the site that they talk about on shipping wars? I think it is U-Ship or something like that.

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#14 posted 05-20-2014 08:38 PM

First, what I found with PODS and PackRat was that it was hard to estimate the size container needed, and of course you had to get one that was at least as big as you needed (or more than one). Comparing ABF (UPack’s parent) cost for the trailer option vs the container option favored the trailer version, and it is exactly the size you need if you pack efficiently. Still, it’s not going to be $1500.

Usually, a freight company requires a shipment be on pallets or in boxes. The pallets usually have to be stackable to some reasonable height. They can sometimes deal with odd freight but it’s usually expensive and there is often a lot of damage.

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#15 posted 05-20-2014 08:48 PM

Spoke with FreightQuote. The rep actually called me to follow up on my online quote, and when I explained my situation he said that they don’t really have a solution for this type of move. He pointed me to a company called Small Move Solutions; I’ll follow up with them, but at this point I’m not getting my hopes up.

Worst case scenario, my parents are visiting our friend this summer and at least offered to bring back as much lumber as they can cram in the car.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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