We need a new washing machine and can get good deals at the Sears scratch
and dent. I mean it could be really dented and who cares, its in the
But it seems that new washing machines may have some sort of drum lock that
you remove after instalation. If it has one, well if there is lock for
upright shipping what about no lock transported on it side.
Oh and of course the reason is we can transport it on its side ways but not
upright in my wife Vue.
It just seems like the drums are I don't know more flexible in their mounts
these days. Also this would be a top load.
And getting into the basement is going to scratch it up more than
Some washing machines have a transmission or gearcase with a vent that
will leak lubricant when not upright. Often if tipped on the "correct"
side the vent will not leak, but may leak when tipped over from the
opposite direction. Ask the manufacturer or a service technician, or
take a look at a parts diagram.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
Call the manufacturer and ask them.
Depending on how good a deal it is, you might be able to rent a
trailer, like an landscaping trailer, for a few hours at a fairly
I once rented a landscaping trailer for something like $30 to bring
home a "last year's model" lawn tractor. We got over $250 off the list
price, so the $30 didn't hurt too much.
An 8'x5' UHaul trailer is only $19/day. I've been renting one on Saturday and
only have to return it by Monday to get the one day rate (the UHaul store is
closed on Sunday - but I normally drop it off late Saturday night).
I don't recall the exact price for the landscaping trailer rental (it
was under $30, might even have been $19 plus tax) but it had the
advantage of the dropdown gate making it real easy to roll the riding
mower up onto it and tie it down.
Since then, I've built ramps and have hauled the mower in the 5 x 8
trailer that I own. At the time of the mower purchase my trailer had a
slide out shelf system installed and it wasn't worth the cost of the
rental to dismantle it just to move the mower from Sear's to my son's
The open UHaul trailers are the same price as the closed (same size, 5'x8'),
so there really isn't any advantage to them. Rain is also an issue. We're in
the process of moving (for the next two or three months) about 80 miles, so
the UHaul comes in handy. It's cheap enough (though the gas for my truck
costs about 3x the rental).
I made ramps for my truck out of aluminum "ramp ends" and 2x8x8s, but it's a
4WD and the bed is pretty high for 8' ramps. I found that they're perfect for
the UHaul trailer. The opening is only a foot off the ground so they work
well. I loaded my Unisaw by myself last weekend. I bought a lawn tractor at
Sears Saturday and will pick it up next Saturday and drive it to the new house
(no Sears stores in the area).
As stated, call the manufacturer and ask, to be sure. .....And ask
I've always understood, though I've never known for sure, there's some
sort of thick oil reservoir (or something), built in, and if turned to
the side for a long period, this reservoir oil will screw up,
somehow. Turning it on the side for a short time, is somewhat okay,
but once upright, again, you have to let the oil settle again, in its
"proper place", before using the machine... allow a day or so before
use. For long term side position, it takes a lot longer for the oil
to settle/return properly, hence allow a longer period before use.
I've understood this applies to refrigerators, also.
Again, I don't know if this is so, for sure. That's the way it was
explaind to me long ago, as to why you don't turn units on their
sides. Maybe this applied to much older machines, not today's
I don''t know that there isn't an issue with moving washers on their
sides, but the problem you are thinking about has to do with the oil
reservoir inside the sealed cooling system of a refrigerator. Washers
tend not to have those...
They may not deliver scratch & dent...at least not for free.
I was in HD today and noticed a floor model washer and dryer set on sale
for 25% off. In the fine print it said that "free delivery" and "haul
away" do not apply to clearance items.
Delivery & disposal charges will eat into the savings experienced by
buying scratch & dent or clearance items.
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