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Forum topic by bline22 posted 07-18-2020 10:43 AM 554 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2020 10:43 AM


Not sure where to put this question so hoping this is ok.

My wife and I recently made an offer on a new home that was accepted.

I am trying to figure out how to best move the wood shop. I do have a number of tools, lots of scrap (like everybody) but I am wondering how others who have went through this proceeded? We aren’t moving far but far enough. About 30 miles away.

Some question I have
1. what did folks do with all the scrap wood? Bring it, leave it, burn it, something else maybe?
2. I have built in drawers and such with tools in them, how did you pack those since the drawers cant come
3. best way to move the power tools? Moving vehicle, trailer maybe?
4. I think i will take the clearvue dust collection system and piping. Bad idea?

What else. Any tips or tricks welcome please.

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#1 posted 07-18-2020 11:32 AM

I’ve been contemplating this as I expect to be moving next year, and I’ve been through several moves in my life and I’m at a point where I’ll hire movers for the house, but I’m not going to trust my shop to them, don’t care if it’s insured, getting my tools back for what they cost to replace is impossible and a PITA. I’m looking at two options as I don’t know if the move will be an hour or 2 hours away. 1st thought is a U-haul, but I’m not real keen on driving a large truck for 2 hours. The 2nd option is the PODS type shipping that many companies are doing now. I need to research the way they charge, not sure if it’s a point A to B, or if they will charge by the weight of the load as usual movers do. I like the idea of being able to pack the way I want and also load the way I want. I’m leaning to the POD, especially if it’s not charged by weight, because I can pack in all of the necessary items and then look at the remaining or odd spaces that might be perfect for sticking in the various scrap and items that could be considered to be dumped.

A) For a 30 mile trip I think I would definitely be going with a u-haul
B) A 30 mile distance, you can make many trips and move all of the scrap wood you cannot part with
C) I would leave tools in the drawers and maybe fill the open space with bubble wrap just to be sure the items >>>would be secure and not bouncing around on bumps etc.
D) I will be disassembling the tools to their simplest form, ie wings and fence off TS roll rest onto truck
E) No sense leaving any equipment behind, unless you’re selling to a woodworker and they’re paying to keep it, otherwise the new owners are just going to put it in the garbage.

Good Luck with the move, hope you’re getting the shop space you’ve wanted… it’s a big item on our new house list

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 07-18-2020 11:39 AM

Best of luck to you.
I moved earlier this year, and rented a Penske box truck with hydraulic liftgate. It’s the only way to go for heavy WW machinery IMO, and it was hard enough even so.
Once the heavy stuff was in, the liftgate also made loading heavy furniture easier. Beyond that, you’ll want to fold the liftgate away and just walk up the ramp because its faster.

Note: do not trust any non-WWer with your machines. My FIL, for example, tried to use the TS fence rail as a lifting handle for leverage. No harm done but came close!

That being said I will be moving about 200ft later this year when my detached shop building is constructed. I may use a small trailer with a ramp or tight up some kind of dolly. Not sure.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#3 posted 07-18-2020 01:10 PM

Thanks for the replies.

@ChefHDAN I was thinking on the PODS too and then i talked with a gentleman who said he would not put anything in there that is not OK tilting and shifting at a 45 degree angle as that is how it is picked up then loaded and then the the same holds true being dropped off. The drop off especially he said can be a bit violent in nature to anything of value. I hadn’t thought about that very much and I think for boxes of stuff that is probably ok but for items of weight or my tools I don’t think I want them in such a container. Something I learned that I thought I would pass along.

What if i have to empty the drawers of screwdrivers for example do you think to get a plastic tote or something to put them in to haul? I have them all stored in drawers i built

@JohnMcClure How did the penske rental go? I have been trying to find some info on if it is a daily type rental or weekly, etc but having a hard time finding specifics on what it truly costs. i think we will be doing the move and agree with you completely that I will be moving my tools. I wish I could say I am moving to a nice new shop but I am moving out of a 24×24 detach, to maybe a stall in a 3 stall garage. I don’t think i will even get this as the kids stuff will definitely encroach and consume any available space. The move is for our kids more than it is for me and my hobbies unfortunately. Maybe in the near future a i can do an addition on the back of the garage but I first need to get settled I think.

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#4 posted 07-18-2020 01:34 PM

A u haul trailer with ramp and sides is what I get when I buy a machine. I think the lat one was $20 for most or all of a day. Get lots of ratchet straps, and a piece of plywood to cover the ramp.

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#5 posted 07-18-2020 03:41 PM

This is a very commonly asked question. Please search the forums and you will find the same suggestions, ideas, and methods posted many many times.

Have moved 6 times in 15 years, and there are a lot ways for it go wrong, and only a few that consistently work well. Sorry, not going to type my long list of tips again.

Based on your reply that this is DOWN SIZE move; where you are combining a separate work shop with family stuff into a common garage space, will make one suggestion unique to your situation:

Move all the large unnecessary (large) tools and lumber into temporary storage before the house move.

Down sizing a separate large shop and pile of kid/family stuff from normal garage makes for one messed up garage space. Will waste a large amount of time playing ‘musical chairs’ moving everything around in garage, as you get house organized for living. Even with a 3 car garage can practically forget about having enough space to use the large tools for first 1-3 months, especially if you need 240v power and it doesn’t exist in new home garage already. If you plan to build a new out building at new home and not setting up tools in garage, getting things like the cyclone/planer/jointer/TS tucked out of the way till ready for install in new shop makes things less frustrating. Remember, without the large tools, you won’t use the lumber either, and lumber (virgin or scrap) takes a lot of space unless storage is installed/planned in advance of move.

It is good that you are asking questions on how to move, as down sizing your available shop space requires a lot more planning than moving into a larger space. BTDTGTTS

Best Luck with move.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#6 posted 07-18-2020 04:29 PM

The Penske rental was easy. I called all the majors – Uhaul, Budget, Enterprise, Penske – and the only one that rents the liftgate truck non-commercially was Penske. I picked the truck up, and paid a base day rate plus a mileage rate plus I had to buy the deisel. All in all it adds up but when you’re buying and selling a house it’s not that big a deal. Plus we used the truck for the whole house move, not just the shop.

However, since you’re sadly downsizing, you may have to make the heartbreaking decision to sell off your heaviest tools. You won’t likely have the space or opportunity to use them from the sound of it. Perhaps you could become a hand-tool minimalist, like Ron Aylor or Dave Polaschek or others you could search out on here?

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#7 posted 07-18-2020 04:48 PM

When I moved my shop I was able to borrow a friends cargo trailer. All the big stuff was on wheels and I put several things on dollies. I kept all the wood as well. It went fairly easily.

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#8 posted 07-18-2020 06:11 PM

The PODS I used to move my shop picked up the container straight up no tipping at all. I just tied all my equipment down and loaded and unloaded it myself using 3 1/2” high ramps I made. Easy peesy!

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#9 posted 07-19-2020 01:49 PM

The PODS I used to move my shop picked up the container straight up no tipping at all. I just tied all my equipment down and loaded and unloaded it myself using 3 1/2” high ramps I made. Easy peesy!
- Jim Finn

Have to agree, I have a business acquaintance and I watched the POD get picked up, it was a horizontal lift and it was all very smooth. There are several other FOB shippers doing a similar concept perhaps they use a roll off for delivery but the PODS was very gentle and my only reason for consideration is from my observations and my acquaintance’s experience which they were very satisfied with, + they were able to keep the POD on site for several weeks while they completed set up, which speaks to Klutz’s suggestion.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 07-20-2020 04:21 AM

I moved about the same distance 12 years ago and it was made easier using pallet boxes, pallet jack and a drop deck trailer.

Assuming you have the ability to tow a trailer or can borrow or rent a truck to do so.

First find a source for the drop deck trailer. Check your local rental yards for hand pump or electrically operated. Note the electrically operated trailers may have a special plug, so inspect trailer connections first…. If they have the trailer, the probably have the pallet jack.

Find a local source for cheap to free pallets. Use flake board and 2×3 or 2×4 frames to construct the box on the pallet. Leave one side and top for last so you can easily fill the box. It’ll hold a lot of small tools, some of the larger stand mounted tools. Lots of places for small items. Drill some vent holes if you are planning store for any length of time, or if you have humid conditions.

Once lifted, you can use furniture carts to move around in any direction. Hazard fright has some ones that are perfect for this operation.

Another tip, get some stretch wrap. Wide and narrow sizes for a variety of stuff that doesn’t pack well. It can hold drawers closed too.

Good luck…

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#11 posted 07-20-2020 12:45 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses this has been great and a lot of great tips. Lets hope we can possibly get a new shop space some time soon if nothing else as it will be missed. First things first however is getting this move over with. Thanks again.

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