Almost everything we sell here gets shipped, and almost every item we
sell is different so requires custom packaging. Parcels under 70lbs go
UPS or USPS, over 70lbs via UPS, and the palletized freight goes by a
number of different LTL trucking companies. Most global freight goes
UPS air, which we've found to be less expensive than normal UPS
global parcel shipping. For small light boxed items I try to use
shredded corregated cardboard, newspaper, or reused air pillows or
packing peanuts if something we ordered came with them but I never buy
them as they make a mess. Heavy or delicate items shipped in
boxes get custom hot wire cut EPS foam. Freight is banded to
standard pallets when possible but we build custom pallets for extra
heavy, oversize or items with concentrated loads on legs. I
don't think I've EVER seen an LTL truck with a tie down strap aboard,
so we pack accordingly. I used to saw foam, but hot wire is the
way to go otherwise the EPS pellets go everywhere. Neither USPS
or UPS will cover broken items if they are insufficiently packaged even
if you insure them. In 15 years of shipping I've had 3 items
broken, all of which were either dropped from at least loading dock
height and in one case caught in a conveyor. The carrier paid in
each case because of good packing. Here are some examples.
crane going to Finland. Heat treated crate required for shipping
there. Unit was cut apart to be rewelded at the destination
Bantam pneumatic press brake. I should have kept that one...
heavy, very bulky sliding table saw with scoring. Antique carved
ex-church pulpit repurposed as restaurant hostess stand.
Doall band saw- table removed, trunnions are delicate. Turret cold saw gets outriggers on pallet for tip insurance.
warehouse car. 2 machines, one pallet, maximum density cuts ship
cost. Bulky automatic strapper broken down for maximum density.
shipments are outlined in 2" layers sitting on a 2" foam base, built up
a layer at a time, then capped wit another full piece of 2"
trans flush going to New Zealand. Plastic pallet required, foam
over control panel. Legs or wheels are removed or blocked.