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Large Drill on pallet-good or bad?

M. Moore

Titanium
Joined
Jun 8, 2007
Location
Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
Just getting some feedback on the used machinery dealer prep of this machine for shipping to my location.
I suggested it was not really that great and would like some opinions. No skin off my back if it arrives damaged, I will get a refund. (I have it in writing) I have to pay in full before they will ship and they arranged the shipping.
I asked if it was plastic or metal strapping and got no response other than "this is how we do it".

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gbent

Diamond
Joined
Mar 14, 2005
Location
Kansas
Shipper is stupid. I'd not pay for that. The drill will rock back and forth a little, loosening the end boards on the pallet. Then, since the strapping is a little loose, it will rock a little more. Then the end boards come off the stringers and the drill is completely loose.
 

newtonsapple

Cast Iron
Joined
May 16, 2017
The only thing going for this is it actually looks sketchy enough that the driver stabilize it with a load bar under the head. They might decide they don’t want to deal with it if it falls over.

This is a big might.

I heard a story about a window company finding out they had lower damage rates shipping the windows strapped vertical out in the open than crated. No one messed with the open air glass loads. Second hand, so not sure if it’s true.

Problem is, your drill is just going to off its self mid exit ramp. That thing doesn’t look light and it isn’t that pallets first trip to the rodeo. The straps might just walk of the table the way they have them.

Credit card payment only, chargeback on standby.

Please, let us know how this goes.
 

john.k

Diamond
Joined
Dec 21, 2012
Location
Brisbane Qld Australia
Driver? is it going to get that far.....fall over on forklift more likely.....why havent they got a roll of the plastic sheet everyone uses now......simple to apply,once its gone over to shrink it ,its just about indestructable......and pilfer proof.
 

M. Moore

Titanium
Joined
Jun 8, 2007
Location
Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
The only good thing is that it is not that far away and it is supposed to go by flat deck and be strapped down. The problem is the transfer from one truck to the other as I see it and I do doubt it would be on just one truck for the trip.
 

thermite

Diamond
Joined
Sep 21, 2011
Location
Sol, Terra
The only good thing is that it is not that far away and it is supposed to go by flat deck and be strapped down. The problem is the transfer from one truck to the other as I see it and I do doubt it would be on just one truck for the trip.

"Not that far way"? Might be better-off to do a "go-fetch"?

The way it sits, they can topple it and trash it before they move it 12 whole inches, first forking.

Five bucks per dead tire at the landfill/recycler near me, so I drop by my fav'rit ga-rage, save them the fee, take-with one if not two used tire pull-offs.

Pick up a five-buck recycled rubber DOORMAT at a local poor-lady (Dollar-wotever) store if need be.

Toss the tire over the head of tall stuff, specifically mills & drills, pad with box-knifed strips of doormat.

THEN I can chain, rope, or strap to the stretchy but steel rim-bead-strong tire as if it were an old-fashioned padded leather collar for a draft horse. Distort the tire, you have automagical spring-back slack take-up as forces move it about en-route.

Cheap rig. Simple rig. Flexible rig. FAST rig. Nothing complicated about it.

And the load can take all sorts of stop/start/swerve/sway/bounce.. road shocks and not see any harm atall.
 

mjr6550

Aluminum
Joined
Oct 7, 2012
Location
Lansdale, PA
The pendulum on top is an especially nice feature for shipping.

It would have been nice if they at least centered it on the pallet and put something on the table to protect the edges (not that those would help much).

On the bright side, if it makes it to your end, maybe you can buy it for scrap value.
 

lucky7

Stainless
Joined
Sep 6, 2008
Location
Canada
I just refused to buy a 12” jointer from a guy two provinces over as he would only strap to a pallet with two metal straps. The General 780 jointer I was considering has a heck of a lot lower center of gravity than that drill and is probably lighter. No way would I ship a drill like that and would flat out refuse to buy from that seller unless he agrees to do things the way I want. It’s not worth my time to get into an argument about a refund after it's broken. Suggest look for another seller- there’s plenty of drills in lower mainland.

Not to be a poop disturber, but for not much more floor space, a two or three foot radial drill could be had…..

L7
 
Joined
Jan 15, 2005
Location
The Netherlands
Insist the bottom gets bolted to pallet, insist they provide photos of bolts used and in place

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That pallet is too flimsy to be helpfull
I prefere decent straps over bolts
Drilling machine is always a bitch to transport
Horizontal you need a special big enough pallet and blocks to keep the vulnarable parts free from the pallet
Vertical you need the machine strapped to the truck and a very carefull forktruckdriver
Beter buy 2 of them Strapped to a decent pallet side by side and tables same height and solid connected to one another

Peter
 

M. Moore

Titanium
Joined
Jun 8, 2007
Location
Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
I agree with all comments. I very politely suggested that they at least lower the table and then strap around the motor base, down under the pallet, up and around the motor base and then back down under the pallet and back up to the start, then do it again. I also suggested blocking the base to the pallet after putting a piece
of plywood underneath.
That is when I got the “ we know how to do it” response.
It does look like a good drill and I would like to receive it in the upright position.
 

DDoug

Diamond
Joined
Oct 18, 2005
Location
NW Pa
Only way I can see it being sent on a pallet upright, if the pallet was at least 6' square, and built with larger timbers.
 

Bondo

Hot Rolled
Joined
May 14, 2011
Location
Bridgeton NJ
Its amazing how many shippers just refuse to add in a couple lag bolts, despite the too small of a pallet.

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specfab

Titanium
Joined
May 28, 2005
Location
AZ
That does look like a pretty shaky setup for traveling by freight carrier. If it actually IS going on a flatbed open trailer, at least there will be a chance of a strap (or two) across the base of the machine. That's perhaps why the machine seller is so sanguine about the weak-ass palletizing.
 








 
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