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Recently I talked to Grizzly about buying a new band saw and a jointer. When I talked to the company that Grizzly uses to ship their machinge with I learned that they will not drive their trucks off of a public road. My shop sits about 200 yards from the the road. The driveway is used all of the time by large farm equipment and while it is a narrow road it has a solid base. I do understand to some extent why the trucking company is reluctant to come onto a private road, but it is a problem for me and I am wondering if any of the members of this forum have run into the issue and what they did to resolve it.

I placed the order for the machines but put it on hold due to the fact that my wife was about to have surgery and that I didn't know when I would be home to recieve the order, it was after I put the order on hold and talked to trucking company that I learned about the issue. I am home now and am wondering what to do about the issue. Right now my only option seems to be to have the freight company transfer the jointer and saw to another vehicle, my pickup, and bring them into the shop and use the chain hoist to unload them. The machines are pretty heavy in excess of three hundred pounds and I will need help anyway. But am just courious as to what others may have done about this issue with Grizzly.

By the way, my wife's back surgery went well but she sure is in lots of pain and needs my help, I won't be able to get out to the shop for some time, but she will be get well in time.

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Jerry, this issue is not with Grizzly, it is with the freight company. Most freight companies have their own rules for situations like yours. I am sure Grizzly would have your order sent in a semi truck van and local machine delivery usually requires a box truck with a lift gate. Check with your local trucking companies. It should not cost much extra to have your shipment dropped at one of them to be loaded into your truck or a box truck that can easily drop your tools right where you need them.

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Thanks Mike,
Your suggestion makes sense, I do know that the issue is not with Grizzly, but is with the trucking company. I will do some checking with a local company as you have suggested, I knew that someone like yourself would have an answer.

I'm looking forward to the tne new band saw, I have never owned one, and the step up to the large jointer sounds good, my little bench jointer does work well, but it is a toy compared to the larger floor mounted machine.

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Jerry; check around for a driver owned flatdeck with a HIAB. Independent truckers don't have business restricting rules. He'll be happy to go and get them for you. It may cost a few bucks more for the freight (cash is a great incentive)...
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I found a neighbor friend that has a tractor with a fork lift that will help me get the machines into my shop, problem solved, but thanks for the tips and/or suggestions. I'm anxious to get the new GO513XZF band saw set up and running as well as the GO604ZX jounter.

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....or, maybe some of that "farm equipment" includes a forklift. Everytime I take delivery on heavy equipment it comes on heavy hardwood pallets - which are compatible with most forklifts. I send my concrete forms to construction sites all over the world and typically common carriers do not get off road for anyone without prior arrangements.
Or........you could give your wife a few weeks to get back to full strength before she walks it in from the road. I never let my wife unload heavy trucks for at least 3 days after she has been hospitalized! Hey just kidding! My shop is not visible from the public road, and it is a pain-in-the butt to get stuff there without the right equipment. Brick companies have all-terrain forklifts and are not too busy to help this day and time.

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When I bought my band saw a couple of years ago, I was told the delivery driver would not move it beyond 1 metre (39.4") from the truck.

I hired a trailer and went and collected it myself......

The company put it on the trailer with a forklift and my son helped me unload it.

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When I bought my band saw a couple of years ago, I was told the delivery driver would not move it beyond 1 metre (39.4") from the truck.

I hired a trailer and went and collected it myself......

The company put it on the trailer with a forklift and my son helped me unload it.
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If the path is safe you offer the driver a couple of sixpacks or a couple of 20's when they arrive and it's *amazing* just how far 39.37" reaches!!

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Many freight company wont go in personal driveway or road because they have many sue for damaging their driveway or road.
It's the same here wen receiving big delivery or you sing the form that they are not responsible to the damage they may occur.
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There are many reasons for the freight company to have this policy. Chiefest is getting stuck (they have highway tires) and weight restriction on the roads in a residential area. When I ordered my bandsaw from Grizzly, there were several shippers to choose from. A shipper that would deliver cost way more than going to a different shippers terminal and picking it How did I know this? I asked about the shipping. Shipping is a service Grizzly arranges. They probably could be more informative but where does individual responsibility begin?

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