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I'd keep it first before doing all this! (archive)

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Posted by Ron ///Man on December 06, 2001 at 09:52:03:

In Reply to: Shipping tips posted by Ed on December 06, 2001 at 01:17:23:

I have never had a problem sending bits around the world. The trick is to invest in superior packing materials. Use thick plywood (1/2") and 2x4 frame for heavy bits. Make the bottom of the crate forklift-friendly with a couple skid strips. For larger parts start with a pallet and build on it. Use long screws to hold the crate together.

Clearly mark the crate with top and also provide a balance point reference if the crate is long or weighted toward one end. Securely fasten the bits inside and you are away. Signode or similar strapping works well for heavy bits.

Not to sound brash, but for all that work, I'd have to think about keeping whatever it is I'm shipping/selling! I am an engineer and realize the benefits of gorilla-proof packaging, but at some point, you reach the point of diminishing returns... how much are you going to invest to counter act the uncaring animals at UPS?????

Ron ///Man

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