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My wife and I just sold our house this week and will be moving from the Philadelphia area to Florida in December. We are moving all of our household goods, and that includes my basement shop. The two heaviest pieces are my 14" band saw and my 6" jointer. I can take the top section of the band saw off to lessen the chance of it getting damaged during shipment. My question is, have any of you moved your household goods and shop long distance and had a good experience with the mover? There are many of them out there, some good, many not so good. We have a couple of movers coming this week to give us quotes but we want to interview others. Although cost is an issue, retired, fixed income and all that, the safe arrival of our things is more important. Any recommendations?
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My wife and I just sold our house this week and will be moving from the Philadelphia area to Florida in December. We are moving all of our household goods, and that includes my basement shop. The two heaviest pieces are my 14" band saw and my 6" jointer. I can take the top section of the band saw off to lessen the chance of it getting damaged during shipment. My question is, have any of you moved your household goods and shop long distance and had a good experience with the mover? There are many of them out there, some good, many not so good. We have a couple of movers coming this week to give us quotes but we want to interview others. Although cost is an issue, retired, fixed income and all that, the safe arrival of our things is more important. Any recommendations?
You might want to take into consideration that the mover is charging you by the pound and/or volume to move.

One suggestion, compare that cost with the cost of selling the item, plus the shipping expenses with purchasing something else after you get here to Florida. There are plenty of used pieces, especially, band saws on Craig's List every day. The jointer(s) not too common, but they are there.

Where are you moving to in Florida?

You can search Craig's list for the major metro areas to get an idea of what is available. In addition, there are vendors and suppliers that take this type of equipment on trades and consignments. In the Orlando area (Sanford) there is a vendor (Utter Guys) that sells used equipment.

It may be more cost effective to just sell, move and reacquire what you need. This is especially true if you are downsizing to a smaller house.
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I would probably load up my truck and trailer to make a pre trip carrying all my power tools. Just to make sure everything arrived safely I would want to do it myself. I can move all my tools. Even the Unisaw table saw which weights 420 pounds can be moved by me in fact I did move it myself as I bought it used and had to go pick it up 80 miles away. I broke the Unisaw down by removing the top and sides as I could not lift the top together and removed the motor. I was then able to move all the parts.

Any extra room in the rig I would fill with packed boxes. I might consider renting a U-Haul trailer so I don't have to pull the trailer back.
Just drop the trailer off at a local U-Haul outfit and head back.
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There is a Powermatic 14 inch in Tampa bay Florida for $500. It's probably a better bandsaw than a Grizzly but may have limited resaw height. I guess it depends on how you use it. There is a Delta 20 inch which would be a great bandsaw if you have room for it $1000. It was the bandsaw I wanted but I don't have enough room for one. It is in St. Petersburg. There are several Rockwell/Deltas 14 inch bandsaws for less than $500.

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When I retired we moved from Ohio to North Carolina (now in South Carolina). I sold all my big heavy woodworking equipment and most of out furniture. Bought a large covered trailer loaded all that we could. The rest we put in storage. We had to return to Ohio a couple of times for business so each time we took back a trailer load (total of two more trips). We saved a lot in moving coat and got to purchase new stuff in North Carolina.

I know everyone is different, but that is what worked for us. Good luck with the move and enjoy retirement.
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While you are interviewing the mover(s) find out if the person is the salesman or the owner. Get a phone number to call if/when something goes wrong
If the price is a final price---not one that changes due to the fact that the truck used more fuel than expected or that the load weighed more on a state scale than expected.
DON'T sign the release until ALL THE STUFF IS OFF the truck!!!!
If they won't take it off the truck without a signed release call the police.
Once you sign and you find anything didn't make it intact you will be on the hook.
You count the number of boxes going on & off the truck.

Try to mark/label ALL the boxes for contents and/or room that it is going INTO.
Be prepared for a LONG unpack.
Keep beverages handy while unpacking (alcohol).

I moved in stages--the last stage about a month ago----STILL trying to get the garage/shop sorted out & up and running.
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I moved all over the world for 22 years in the Army. Your stuff was moved by contractors and you had no choice as to who did the move. If you paid for a cleaning crew, you could just leave the house and head for your new station and they packed it all up and cleaned the house for you. Some times due to the next assignment, you could not be there for the move. Even got an ashtray full of cigarette butts once.

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If cost is an issue, as it is for most of us retirees, consider moving your tools yourself...as others have suggested.

I lived on a small island for 17 years, and over that time I accumulated a number of the heavier tools, which included a 6" jointer, floor stand drill press, large table saw, a Lumbermate sawmill and all the usual smaller tools.

By the time we sold the house, I was physically unable to move the bigger items by myself, and sold them off cheaply on the island.

I made several trips from Vancouver Island up to the interior of B.C. using a Dodge minivan which I had removed the back seats from. You'd be surprised at how much you can pack in one of those.

Also bought a 16' double axle trailer which we used to move the bulkier furniture items with.

Yes, it was quite a lot of work, but we saved lots of money this way. Not for everyone, that's for sure, but it worked for us.

The bigger tools that I sold have been replaced with new and better ones.

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I retired in 2013 and moved from Bakersfield, CA to Fort Worth, TX. I used Colonial moving (a broker). Not a very good result. Colonial hired a "sub-contractor" who did the actual move. There were many problems with coordination, location issues and payment.

Had all of my household belongings moved by the mover and a few tools. This move did not include the heavier items like washer dryer refrigerator, etc. I did all of the packing using mostly plastic containers. The movers did wrap all of my furniture with plastic wrap. That was helpful, and something I could have done by just purchasing the plastic wrap that sticks to itself.

The mover was late arriving in Fort Worth, but that turned out to be a benefit to me; more time to arrange for the short term storage. (I lived in a hotel for about 4 months while searching for my current home in Azle, TX.) But I had to help unload the moving van, seems the local help failed to arrive. Further, the driver of the van refused to use the first storage area I rented saying he could not drive the van close enough to the building; the storage owner was very helpful and quickly located two storage units next to each other which the driver said he would access.

I did the move from Fort Worth to Azle (about 40 miles) using a Penski (U-haul type) small van. I had local family members to help load belongings from storage into van. Turned out I could have moved from Bakersfield to Fort Worth in much the same way. Would have been about $3,000 cheaper. My personal anxiety that "I could not possibly pack up a van and drive across the Country" was in error. Just needed to find a couple of friends to help load and unload the van.

I suggest you consider doing the move yourself, if you want to save money. Moving your tools will greatly increase the cost because they charge by weight and they use the truck scales to get a before loading and after loading weight amount. Further, they will put other peoples belongings on the truck/van if your belongings do not fill the van. (By the way, if you are not very careful, they might try to "increase" your weight by having some of the crew they hired to load the van at your current house hide inside the van when they go to weigh the van at the truck scales after loading your belongings; fortunately for me, I was following the truck and saw them attempt this maneuver. As a side note and only FYI, while loading my belongings in Bakersfield, an unknown vehicle arrived with two passengers, both female, and a "drug deal" was completed -- how did I know, you may ask, I served 22 years with the Kern County Sheriff's Office as a deputy -- know one when I see one!!)

If money is less of a concern to you or if you find it impossible to do the packing of the van (you will likely need to do all of box packing yourself whichever choice you make), then I suggest you use a national moving company and avoid brokers.

Good luck with your decision. Try to relax once you've made the decision and expect some "loss" whichever direction you choose.

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