I've DAGS, but still looking for people's experiences with moving their
shop. My upcoming move is ~600 miles and shop to be moved has the usual
heavy equipment, along with the hand/power tools to go with it. (TS, BS,
SCMS, DP, lathe, DC, router table)
Any advice? I will be using professional movers.
I'm sure other here have had direct experience, but I would expect that
there are "professional movers" and then there are "professional equipment
movers". I wouldn't expect the former to know much beyond how to stack
plates in a box and carry it to the truck. If it was the latter, then I'd
let them move the stuff...with me watching.
I moved coast to coast last year, using United Van Lines.
My really heavy power tools (band saw, cabinet saw, jointer, router
table) were on mobile bases, they just rolled them up into the truck,
and secured them. I had removed the fence and rails on the cabinet saw
(mine is a Grizzly 1023SL). The more portable ones (benchtop drill
press, miter saw, dedicated mortiser, benchtop planer) were wrapped on
the heavy moving blankets they had. The rest of the stuff, I had already
packed myself in smallish (12x12x24) boxes, padding/wrapping as needed.
It worked out well.
I have had 8 interstate moves, all by professional movers. There are
definitely differences between companies and within companies. My best
suggestion is to pack as many of your small tools as possible yourself. It
will affect the insurance, but in the long run you will be better off.
Remove anything from your large tools that sticks out, slides, etc. If you
don't, they will. Let them move all the big heavy stuff, but watch them as
they do it. One of the best things to do is make sure the estimator for the
job knows that these things are important to you and that you want them
moved properly. Emphasizing this, up front, makes a big difference in the
attitude of the people sent later. If you have any questions, feel free to
Check with the moving company and see if and how they will move really
heavy tools. My daughter works for a moving logistics company and says
that some movers do better than others. And some won't touch that stuff
at all. Research is the key. Google is your friend.
Make sure that the company you select has experience in moving heavy
shop equipment and are bonded sufficiently to cover any damage that may
result from their neglect. You will also want to be sure that there
aren't any hidden add-on costs associated with moving such equipment.
Time spent up front to contractually cover the handling of this
equipment could save you a bundle. If in doubt, ask questions and get
it in writing.
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