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Old 05-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default What is the best way to ship a engine?

I have a 295 that I am looking to ship and wondered what method is the best way? Seems like it is too heavy for UPS or FED EX? Anybody done this before?
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

freight ... put it on a palette, band it down , then saran wrap it

http://www.freightcenter.com/freight...g/florida.aspx
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

I went to FedEx office and bought a 16x16x16 carton. Cost $6. Bolted the engine to a 1/4" piece of plywood also 16x16 and packed the empty space with crumpled up paper. Weighs about 40 Lbs. Seal and take to FedEx. Cost to ship from AZ to PA $54. That simple.
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

I built a 3/8 plywood box and bolted the engine to the bottom. Cut hand holes in 2 sides for lifting. Best rate was UPS
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

I've shipped atv motors the same way scottyb described. With the v-twins I used a pallet and built a plywood box around it using waferboard. Remember, you get better rates shipping from somewhere that ups/fedex picks up from daily (or drop it off at their facility). We get heavy discounts with fedex at,my work so I always used their account and wrote it down as a negative on my expenses. Wateve you do, dont just put it in a heavy cardboard box and ship it standard ups or fedex. They rough on stuff during the sorting process
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

I've shipped a few Robbins engines via FedEx Ground using a heavy duty cardboard shipping box with engine bolted to piece of plywood cut to the inside dimensions of the box then packing paper & cardboard pieces to fill the excess space.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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Default Re: What is the best way to ship a engine?

Fed-Ex Ground will ship anything that is under 150lbs. I would do as ScottyB suggested as this makes them handle it more carefully as in most sort facilities wont let anything with bolts/bolt caps sticking out go down the conveyor as it could rip it and they are very expensive to replace.
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I've shipped a few Robbins engines via FedEx Ground using a heavy duty cardboard shipping box with engine bolted to piece of plywood cut to the inside dimensions of the box then packing paper & cardboard pieces to fill the excess space.

Forgot to include that I always cut 2 hand-holds into the sides of the box near the top (I reinforce the sides on the interior with the packing cardboard) , I think if you give them an easier way to handle a heavy package they are less likely to just "toss it around" .
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