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Offline richk

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Moving my shop cross-country...
« on: March 17, 2015, 03:09 PM »
Thinking of using one of pod solutions--you load it up with your gear, they move it to your new location as is.

Do tools that are in systainers need to be protected with additional padding?

How high can the systainers be stacked if the whole pile is secured to the wall of the pod?

What is the best way to pack up the MFT/3 and the router table?

Appreciate your thoughts!


Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2015, 03:43 PM »
Unlike using UPS or the like, a PODS is not likely to be rolled...

The systainer solutions from Festool do very well, except possibly when rolled or dropped upside down.

The allowable stack height would depend on what was on the stack. If the heaviest items are on the bottom, you should be able to stack them quite high. If the top sys in a 10' stack were full of gold bars (or lead ingots), it could lead to disaster. It certainly would help to strap a stack to the side of the carrier.

If I were moving an MFT and/or CMS like that, I would, at most, wrap it in a moving blanket. They're pretty tough and meant for daily transport though.


Offline mdevo

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 09:05 AM »
Just used pack rat to store my stuff,  I used truck straps to tie band saw and other things to side walls.  Very surprised how quickly I got up to the 6000 lb weight limit

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 11:50 AM »
Don't assume too much about how the Pods are handled.  When the moved, we used the Pods.  The local company explained to us that they had "affiliates" across the country and that the affiliates would provide intermediate transfer and storage of our Pods along the way, as well as final delivery.

What we were not aware of was that the affiliates didn't always have the same equipment or processes the originator did.  The final delivery was two pods stuck into a medium sized Bekins van, unloaded while they were in the truck.  There had been a great deal of movement.  Luckily, all my tools were crated and came out ok, unlike some of the furniture.

Our case may not have been typical, but I would ask a lot of questions before doing it again, and even then package the tools for worst case possibility.

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 12:42 PM »
Last time I moved X-country (and THE last time I hope to ever move cross country...) I found some used plywood display crates that were 4' by 4' by `8' tall. Packed everything in them myself screwing in support blocks, intermediate shelves, etc. then I just shipped them via freight with lift gate service. No issue whatsoever.

The new neighbors did get a kick out of watching us unload 4 monster crates, one at a time, onto my little flatbed then backing the trailer into the driveway and dragging each crate off. One older couple brought out lawn chairs and watched the entire performance.

Have fun.


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Online jobsworth

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 03:32 PM »
Movers came to my house, placed my stuff in crates/ pods, made it over here no problems.

Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Moving my shop cross-country...
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 10:45 PM »
Photograph & serial numbers. And INSURANCE, but make sure that your covered to have your tools moved.